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    University of North Texas
    Sep 24, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Media Arts

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Main Departmental Office
Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building, Room 262

Mailing Address:
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site:

Eugene Martin, Chair

Harry Benshoff, Director of MA Program,

Tania Khalaf, Director of MFA Program,



The Master of Arts program is designed for persons who wish to pursue research in mass communication leading to a written thesis. Building on a strong undergraduate program, the department has a particular emphasis at the graduate level in the following areas:

  • Media industry studies, examines the media industry and encompasses several areas of scholarly interest: these include managerial, technological, economic, political and social dynamics of various media including radio, television, film, the Internet and mobile media.
  • Critical-cultural studies, examines media culture in relation to topics such as race, class, gender, sexuality, audiences/fandom, techno cultures, cultural history, globalization and production cultures.

The Master of Fine Arts program is designed for persons who wish to pursue a career in documentary production and studies, culminating in the creation of a major thesis production. The Master of Fine Arts degree is a terminal degree, therefore also appropriate for those seeking academic careers. The program emphasizes the following areas:

  • Documentary pre-production, production and post production; and
  • Documentary history and theory and contemporary documentary.


Members of the Media Arts faculty include internationally recognized scholars, seasoned media professionals and award-winning documentary filmmakers. Research specialties include media history and criticism, cultural studies, international media and broadcast operations. Books written by media arts faculty are used in university courses throughout the world, and faculty-produced films and television programs have been broadcast on television, selected for film and video festivals and screened at numerous other venues including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Faculty members also serve on the boards of national and international organizations dealing with media education and film preservation.

Admission requirements

Master of Arts with a major in media industry and critical studies

Applicants must meet the requirements of both the Toulouse Graduate School and the Department of Media Arts. If applicants are accepted by the Graduate School, their files are forwarded to the Graduate Committee in the Department of Media Arts for further evaluation. The following may be considered the MRTS department’s minimum requirements.

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.

To apply, the following materials should be sent directly to the Toulouse Graduate School.

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  2. A completed graduate application form.
  3. Official GRE scores sent from the Educational Testing Services (MA only).
  4. Application fee.

In addition, the following items should be submitted directly to the MRTS director of graduate studies at the department’s address above.

  1. A statement of purpose, in which the applicant states career goals and tells why the specific MRTS master’s degree being applied to from UNT will help achieve those goals.
  2. A required writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.).
  3. A minimum of two current letters of recommendation. For most applicants, the letters must be provided by current or former professors. An applicant who has worked professionally in radio, television or film may submit one of these letters from a person who has supervised his or her work. If an applicant has been out of school for several years, both letters may be from people who can evaluate his or her work in these fields.
  4. An applicant from outside the United States must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English prior to admittance. In addition to GRE scores, non-native speakers must submit TOEFL scores.

After the first 12 semester hours of graduate study are completed, the student and the major professor should prepare a degree plan using one of the options available in the student’s area of concentration. The degree plan must be approved by the department director of graduate studies and the graduate dean. In order to graduate, a student must have an approved degree plan on file with the Graduate School.

The MRTS department curriculum for the MA degree is designed to allow for two-year completion, with course work beginning in the fall term/semester.

Master of Fine Arts with a major in documentary production and studies

In addition to those items listed under Admission Requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School, applicants for the MFA program must submit the following directly to the director of the media arts MFA program at the department’s address above:

  1. A statement of purpose, describing both reasons for pursuing the terminal degree in documentary production and studies and the specific areas of academic and professional interest.
  2. A portfolio of creative work submitted electronically via a password-protected portal. At a minimum, the sample should include one complete production and 10 minutes of excerpts from additional work. If relevant, still photographs or other material that demonstrates the applicant’s creative talents and accomplishments may be submitted following consultation with the director of graduate studies. All materials should be labeled to include length and the applicant’s role in the production.
  3. A writing sample representative of the applicant’s best academic work in the field.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from faculty. If the applicant has not attended an academic institution for the past four years or more, two of these letters may come from professional colleagues capable of commenting on the applicant’s probability of success in a rigorous graduate program.
  5. In specific instances, the Media Arts Graduate Committee may require an interview of applicants under consideration. This interview may take place in person, via videoconference or conference telephone call.
  6. An applicant from outside the United States must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English prior to admittance. International students must submit TOEFL scores.

Previous academic work and/or professional performance, as demonstrated in the portfolio of creative work submitted with the application, must indicate the potential for graduate work in a rigorous, production-oriented graduate program.

Primary consideration will be given to applicants who have provided all required information by January 15. A second deadline of March 15 will be utilized to consider a second pool of applicants if positions are available.


Radio station KNTU-FM, broadcasting at 100,000 watts on 88.1mHz, serves the Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth/McKinney area with educational, information and entertainment programming daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. All students at UNT are eligible to work at KNTU where they can learn skills in radio production, programming and station administration. More information is available at

NTTV - North Texas Television

North Texas Television (NTTV) is a student-operated cable television channel where students learn to produce programs in a wide range of topics and formats, including news, sports, public affairs and entertainment. All students at UNT are eligible to work at NTTV.

Graduate assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are available for outstanding applicants.


    Master’s Degree


      Media Arts

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