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Course Requirements

Lower Division

There are no formal sequences or "tracks" in the RTF degree; however, each upper-division class requires specific lower-division courses as a prerequisite. Students must look ahead at their long-range, upper division plans before choosing and embarking upon their lower division course work to ensure that they meet the prerequisites for the classes they may want to take in the future.

RTF students are required to complete 4 lower division RTF courses (12 credit hours) with a grade of C or better prior to pursuing any upper-division RTF course work.

For additional information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

RTF Lower Division Courses

RTF 305, Introduction to Media Studies
RTF 309, Communication Technology and Society
RTF 314, Development of the Motion Picture
RTF 316, History of Radio and Television
RTF 316M, Communication and Ethnic Groups
RTF 317, Narrative Strategies
RTF 318, Introduction to Image and Sound
RTF 319, Introduction to Digital Media

Lower Division Courses as Prerequisites for Upper Division Courses

Useful charts that explain the relationship between lower division prerequisites and upper division courses are at Guide to Production Courses and Guide to Media Studies Courses.

Some lower division course options to consider in preparation for specific areas of study:

Students who plan to take upper-division production courses must take RTF 317, Narrative Strategies, and RTF 318, Introduction to Image and Sound, as two of these four courses. A grade of B or better in both RTF 317 and RTF 318 is a prerequisite for all upper division production courses.

Students interested in courses about digital technologies and development should consider RTF 319, Intro to Digital Media.

Students who plan to take screenwriting or media studies courses dealing with critical and cultural analysis should consider RTF 314, Development of the Motion Picture, or RTF 316, History of Radio and Television.

Students interested in courses about communication technology and/or information policy should consider RTF 309, Communication Technology and Society.

Upper Division

RTF majors are required to complete at least six upper-division RTF courses (18 hours). Of the 18 upper-division RTF hours required for the degree, 6 hours must come from courses designated as media studies (chosen from RTF 330K, 331J, 331K, 331M, 331N, 331P, 334, 335, 342, 342T,345, 347C, 348, 359, 359S, 365, 365M, and 370).

Students are permitted a great deal of flexibility in choosing these courses, with the caveat that students must be careful to take the appropriate lower-division prerequisites for each upper-division course.

Useful charts that explain the relationship between lower division prerequisites and upper division courses are at Guide to Production Courses and Guide to Media Studies Courses.