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M.A. in Media Studies

About Media Studies

Our Media Studies Programs offer a critical approach to scholarship and pedagogy through the work of our faculty and students. We produce valuable research contributing to academic and policy debates on key communication and media issues.

Media Studies addresses the central role of media in arts, culture, society, and politics, within our historical as well as local, regional, national and global contexts. We research and teach how media engage cultural practices, political participation, and social interactions within economic structures and technological systems.  We engage a wide range of broadcast and emerging media, including but not limited to film, television, radio, digital media, mobile communication, video, and interactive games. We explore media as sites for the articulation and struggle over identity, in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and generation.  We value multiple theoretical and methodological approaches through the interdisciplinary study of texts, production, industry, policy, reception, and audiences.  Through media literacy based in empirical work, we aim to inspire better media practices as well as informed citizen engagement.

For information on the media studies cluster, Media, Technology, and Social Change, see this desciption.

M.A. in Media Studies

Thesis Option

30 hours of course work, including 3 hours of RTF 395, Theory and Literature, and 6 hours of Thesis Preparation (698A and 698B). No more than 9 hours of course work in media production (among the 30 required graduate hours) may be applied to the degree. The Graduate School requires that 6 of the 30 hours must be in a minor field, outside the student's major department. Minor work may be done in the College of Communication or elsewhere in the University. Committed to bridging the gap between studies and production, UT-RTF offers a limited number of screenwriting and production courses to M.A. and Ph.D. students.

A Thesis written under the direction of an advisor and second reader. The Thesis is written under the course numbers 698A and 698B. The student receives 6 hours of credit for researching and writing the Thesis. The final grade for Thesis appears as CR (credit).

Report Option

33 hours of course work, including 3 hours of RTF 395, Theory and Literature and 3 hours of Report Preparation (398R). No more than 9 hours of course work in media production (among the 30 required graduate hours) may be applied to the degree. The Graduate School requires that 6 of the 30 hours must be in a minor field, outside the student's major department. Minor work may be done in the College of Communication or elsewhere in the University.

A Report written under the direction of an advisor and second reader. The Report is written under the course number 398R. The student receives 3 hours of credit for researching and writing the Report. The final grade for Thesis appears as CR (credit).

M.A. Handbook

M.A. Report Schedule/Timeline

M.A. Thesis Schedule/Timeline


 

Dual Degrees

Students may pursue dual degrees in a variety of programs at the Masters Degree in Media Studies level. (Please note that no dual degree is offered with the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production, the Ph.D. in Media Studies or the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Film and Electronic Media.)

Applicants to any of the dual degree programs must apply separately to each program and be accepted in each program. For example, if you are interested in a dual degree program with Middle Eastern Studies, you would submit separate and complete application packets to both Radio-TV-Film and Middle Eastern Studies. Please refer to the Application section of this web site for information on applying to the Department of Radio-TV-Film.

Dual Degree Codes:
624300 -- Radio-Television-Film/Business Administration
624330 -- Radio-Television-Film/Latin American Studies
624360 -- Radio-Television-Film/Middle Eastern Studies
624390 -- Radio-Television-Film/Public Affairs
624420 -- Radio-Television-Film/Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Departments participating in Dual Degree Programs with Radio-TV-Film are listed below:
Radio-TV-Film (M.A.) / Business (M.B.A.)
Radio-TV-Film (M.A.) / Latin American Studies (M.A.)
Radio-TV-Film (M.A.) / Middle Eastern Studies (M.A.)
Radio-TV-Film (M.A.) / Public Affairs (M.A.)
Radio-TV-Film (M.A.) / Russian Studies (M.A.)


Portfolio Programs:

Portfolio programs are opportunities for students to obtain credentials in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a master's or doctor's degree in a particular discipline.