Graduate ProgramsMFA in Production PhD in Media Studies MA in Media Studies MFA in Screenwriting


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Welcome to the Graduate Program

Candidates may seek an MA or PhD in Media Studies, or an MFA in either Screenwriting or Production.

Consistently ranked in the top 10 U.S. graduate programs in both creative media production and the academic study of media, the UT Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film encourages students to plan a program of study suited to their individual needs, designed to take best advantage of the mixture of subjects and the various opportunities offered in the Department and other academic programs on campus. Our faculty provides an environment in which graduate students receive optimal opportunity for study, research, teaching and the production of creative work.


The Department's scholarly and teaching interests focus on the cultural, social, economic, political and discursive settings in which communication systems, industries, texts and audiences exist and operate. We examine national and international media institutions, the role, development and impact of communication and information technologies, the production of media content, and the nature and form of media representations. We investigate how various audiences receive, interact with, interpret and produce media texts and have a special focus on studies of culture and the international dimensions of communication processes. Our internationally recognized media studies faculty addresses these issues from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches associated with the humanities and social sciences.

The Department offers two main degree tracks within Media Studies: MA and PhD. A dual degree option is available for students pursuing the MA track. See the Media Studies Program page for a list of the research and teaching interests of the media studies faculty. Notable areas of faculty research can also be viewed here.



The Department's Master of Fine Arts programs are designed to help students become media makers and writers capable of producing provocative and entertaining work. The programs concentrate on storytelling for film, video, television, and time-based media.

The MFA in Film & Media Production is a professional training program designed for creative individuals with a demonstrated commitment to filmmaking as a professional, artistic, or academic pursuit. The program emphasizes directing while grounding students in skills across production craft disciplines. Our MFA students have a strong record of award-winning student work in festivals, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and cable and PBS broadcasts. Production area faculty members are all active, working media makers with experience spanning genres.


A two-year (including one summer), 45-hour degree designed for creative individuals with a demonstrated commitment to storytelling for the screen, the MFA in Screenwriting program covers writing for both television and features, preparing students for the life of the working screenwriter. Our screenwriting students have won the 2010 and 2014 Academy Nicholls Fellowship and have also placed highly in other prestigious screenwriting competitions, including the Austin Film Festival. Our screenwriting faculty are not only topflight instructors, but are also working screenwriters, having sold and optioned screenplays to HBO, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Studios, Dimension Entertainment, MGM, National Geographic, Paramount Pictures, Sony Entertainment, The Disney Channel, Lionsgate, Happy Madison Productions, Gary Sanchez, and many other studios and networks.


Admissions application for fall 2017 will open August and close December 2016.
Please note that we only admit for the fall semester.

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