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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Radio, Television and Film, BA

A Bachelor of Arts with a major in radio, television, and film provides a strong, theoretical education combined with hands-on experience utilizing the same tools used by industry professionals.

Admission to the major and initial requirements

Note: Only RTVF and CBCM majors can take RTVF courses.

Entering students interested in majoring in RTVF must fulfill initial requirements and will be advised by the RTVF department. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the RTVF major. Admission to the major is highly competitive and is limited by the number of applicants and available resources.

The RTVF department’s initial requirements must be fulfilled before a student can apply for RTVF major status.

Entering students who elect to pursue the RTVF-BA major will not be classified as RTVF majors until they fulfill the initial requirements. To do this, a student must successfully complete 42 hours of college courses including the RTVF requirements listed below with a UNT grade point average of 2.75 or better and a C or better in the RTVF courses. A student may apply for RTVF major status when all of the required classes have been completed.

Before applying for RTVF major status, a student must first:

  • Complete at least 42 hours of college courses including:
    1. COMM 1010  or equivalent (contact department);
    2. The Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) requirement of the University Core Curriculum with a grade of C or better;
    3. The Mathematics requirement of the University Core Curriculum;
    4. The foreign language requirement through at least the 1020 level (or the placement equivalent); and
    5. The following courses, all with a grade of C or better.

Requirements to enroll in RTVF 1310, RTVF 1320 or RTVF 2010

Students who wish to enroll in RTVF 1310 , RTVF 1320  or RTVF 2010  must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Entering freshmen with no college credit must successfully complete at least 12 hours UNT course work with a UNT GPA of 2.75 or better.
  2. Transfer students with college credit must transfer a minimum of 12 hours of course work accepted by UNT with a GPA of 2.75 or better. Students who do not meet this requirement must successfully complete at least 12 hours of UNT course work with a GPA of 2.75 or better.

Note: Students may not register for any upper-level RTVF courses until full-major status is attained.

Minimum standards for continued enrollment in RTVF courses

Have at least a 2.75 UNT GPA.

RTVF majors must maintain a UNT GPA of 2.75. RTVF major students whose GPAs fall below this standard will be informed of their status by the RTVF department and will not be able to take any classes in the RTVF department until they return their UNT GPA to 2.75 or better.

Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences  requirements.

Students interested in a major in RTVF must apply to the department after successfully completing the pre-major requirements specified under “Admission to the RTVF Major,” above.

Major requirements

Students must complete 42 hours (at least 33 advanced) in the major, including:

Additional requirements

  • 12 hours of advanced RTVF electives.
  • No more than 6 hours of RTVF practicum, internship or special problem courses may be applied to the 42 hours of RTVF courses required for the degree.

Other course requirements




Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other requirements

A minimum 2.75 cumulative UNT GPA is required to graduate. Only 12 hours of RTVF courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the 42-hour requirement.

Students majoring in radio/television/film are required to have a minimum grade of C in all RTVF courses to receive RTVF credit. Students may have only two attempts for a grade of C or better for each required RTVF course.

Students must observe prerequisites for each RTVF course. If a student has not completed prerequisites for a course with a grade of C or better, the student is subject to administrative drop from the course without notice. Prerequisites are listed with individual course descriptions.

Because of the high demand for many RTVF courses, students who miss the first class without consent of the instructor are subject to be dropped from the course so that other students may be added. Students who miss the first day of class because of illness or some other acceptable excuse should notify the department office the day of the absence.

Students may register for only one section of a course at a time. Students registered for more than one section of a course will be dropped from all sections of that course without notice. The policy does not apply to courses such as special topics, which may bear the same course number but are different courses.

Aural competency in distinguishing discrete sounds, and visual competency in distinguishing shapes, forms, colors and movements are required to complete RTVF critical studies courses. Additional visual competency to utilize studio and location equipment and manual dexterity to operate equipment are required to complete RTVF production courses. Articulation competency to achieve broadcast industry standards may be required. Specific competency and departmental approval for internship, seminar and special problems courses are required.