Prospective Student FAQ

Q: What areas does the Department of Radio-Television-Film emphasize, such as TV production, preparation for jobs in Hollywood, preparation for making independent films, or development of specific skills like editing, audio mixing, etc.?

A: The undergraduate curriculum encompasses courses in production, screenwriting, and media studies. Students have a great deal of flexibility in the selection of their courses and can create a broader or narrower focus for their Radio-Television-Film education. For additional details, please refer to the undergraduate curriculum pages on the Radio-Television-Film web site.

Q: When I come to visit, how do I make an appointment to talk with someone about Radio-Television-Film?

A: We regret that we are not able to offer individual appointments for prospective students. However, you are welcome to attend a guided tour and information session on selected Friday afternoons.

Q: I can't come for the guided tour and information session on any of the weeks they're offered. How can I talk to someone when I come to visit?

A: We regret that we are not able to offer individual appointments for prospective students. You can attend an information session about the College of Communication on most Fridays. We also suggest that you visit the Office of Admissions and take a campus tour.

In addition, there is printed material available in the hallway outside the Radio-Television-Film office, including information about self-guided tours of labs and studios. You are welcome to this information at any time.

Q: How could I get involved in filmmaking before I start taking production classes?

A: One of the most popular ways to get involved on campus with filmmaking is through the University Filmmakers' Alliance. In addition, you can review the crew calls on the Cage website:

There are bulletin boards in the Communication buildings where opportunities for students are often posted. In particular, the bulletin boards on the 4th floor of CMB include opportunities for getting involved in various aspects of film production.

We also recommend that you volunteer with any of the university or city-wide film festivals that take place year-round.

Q: What kind of editing programs do you use in your classes?

A: RTF 346 -Introduction to Editing uses Final Cut Pro. RTF 346C - Intermediate Editing uses Avid. In RTF 344 - Advanced Editing, students are allowed to select the program they want to use in order to edit their own footage. Most film and video production classes utilize Final Cut Pro.

Q: What kind of equipment would I get to use in production classes?

A: We have an impressive array of production equipment including over 50 digital video cameras and digital and analog recorders, 16mm film cameras, and lighting packages. We also have a student ADR/Foley/mix studio, and more than 50 non-linear editing systems with all the latest software. We upgrade our equipment every year.

Q: Do I need my own computer? If so, what kind and what programs should it have?

A: You do not have to have your own computer, and many areas of campus have public computers available for student use. If you do purchase your own computer, either Macs or PCs are appropriate. Different areas of the Department of Radio-Television-Film may utilize one over the other but our labs have both and we do not recommend one type of computer over another.

Because software developments happen so quickly, we recommend that students consult faculty or other professionals in the field to find out what software is suggested for particular kinds of production needs.

Q: What successful filmmakers or other media people went to UT (Radio-Television-Film)?

A: Some notable alumni include director/writer/producer Robert Rodriguez, New York Times columnist Rob Walker, and actor Matthew McConaughey. For a full list of notable graduates from the Department of Radio-Television-Film, check out our alumni and friends page.

Q: What scholarships or other financial assistance are available to me when I first come to UT?

A: As a new student at UT, all financial assistance would be coordinated through the university's Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS).

Once you are enrolled as a Radio-Television-Film major and are an upper division student (60 hours of credit), you are eligible to apply for Department of Radio-Television-Film scholarships. These have a variety of criteria and range from $1000 to 2500 per academic year. Students may also apply for College of Communication scholarships once they are an enrolled student.