Media Workshops

Take advantage of high-level instruction from the best media makers in Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) Media Workshops take place in the evenings and on weekends on the UT Austin campus. These workshops are designed for adult learners; mature teens are also welcome. If you are interested in summer classes for teenagers, please explore RTF's exciting array of summer day camps.

Note: Current UT students interested in learning filmmaking are encouraged to enroll in the RTF 318, Intro to Image and Sound (Intro to Filmmaking) summer course, and not in the film production workshop.


Make your drawings come to life. Using Flash 2D animation software, workshop participants will create short animated films. No previous animation experience required.

DATES: 7/10-8/2 - meets twice a week
M & W - 6:30 pm -9:30 pm
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This course covers the basics of all facets of narrative fiction filmmaking. Graduates of the Film Production Workshop have a working comprehension of preproduction, production, and postproduction. This includes, but is not limited to, screenwriting, professional digital camera operation, lighting, sound recording, directing actors, editing, and mastering. Each graduate leaves the program with the experience of working with a small crew to produce two narrative fiction short films.

DATES: 7/11-8/11
Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:00-10:00 pm) 
workshop on Sat 7/22 (9:00 am - 5:00pm)
Final screening Fri 8/11
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Do you have a great idea for a feature film? Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this workshop, learn screenwriting fundamentals as you develop your idea from pitch to outline to screenplay. While no previous screenwriting experience is required, you should come to the workshop with ideas for feature films, TV pilots, short films, or web series. Having completed a college English course is recommended. 

DATES: 6/21-7/26.
Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm & Saturdays 9 am-12 pm
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For the aspiring digital artist, go from beginner to master in days in this practical hands-on exploration. This introductory course is designed to expand your knowledge of the world of motion graphics and visual effects. We will focus on compositing and techniques to enrich your videos with matte paintings, typography, particle effects and much more.

We begin with Adobe Photoshop: concept art and matte painting techniques, exploring perspective and painting with light. We then move into Adobe After Effects where we bring these elements to life through animation, vector-based masks, rotoscoping, mattes, text animation, particles, time manipulation, green screen and 3D. If you dream it, you can make it; you don't even need to know how to draw!

Participants will emerge with a portfolio of digital art, animation, and effects work.

DATES: 6/20-7/19, No class 7/4.
Tu & Th - 6:30 pm -9:30 pm
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Documentary film is a process of curiosity, discovery, and storytelling. In this workshop, we will explore the many different types of documentaries and build the basic technical skills to create successful nonfiction films, including selecting compelling topics based on available resources, pre-production, lighting, sound recording, cinematography, interviewing, finding the story, and editing. Over the course of the workshop, participants will each create their own short documentaries (max 10-12 min) and will leave the course with the skills and experience to make many more.

DATES:  6/12-7/28

Detailed schedule:

WEEK 1 (2x): 12-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 14-Jun Wed (6-10 pm)

WEEK 2 (3x): 19-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 21-Jun Wed (6-10 pm); 24-Jun Sat (9 am-5 pm)

WEEK 3 (2x): 26-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 28-Jun Wed (6-10 pm)

WEEK 4 (1x): 8-Jul Sat (9 am-5 pm)

WEEK 5 (1x): 10-Jul Mon (6-10 pm)

WEEK 6 (1x): 17-Jul Mon (6-10 pm)

WEEK 7 (3x): 24-Jul Mon (6-10 pm); 26-Jul Wed (6-10 pm); 28-Jul Fri (7 -10 pm) -- Final Screening

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