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Media Workshops

Media Workshops

Media Workshops

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


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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.

We are an approved CPE provider. Texas teachers looking to renew your certificates, this is a great opportunity!

Screenwriting Workshop

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.

FEE: $715

DATES: 6/17/20–7/25/20            
W: 6:30–9:30 pm; Sa: 9 am–12 pm


Narrative Film Production Workshop

Designed for adults with varying levels of experience, this course covers the basics of all facets of narrative fiction filmmaking and provides a working understanding of preproduction, production and postproduction. This includes, but is not limited to, screenwriting and storytelling, professional digital camera operation, lighting, visual grammar and language, sound recording, directing actors, editing, and mastering. Each graduate of the Film Production Workshop leaves the program with the experience of working with a small crew to write, produce and edit two or more narrative fiction short films.

FEE: $785

DATES: 7/7-8/7 meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:00-10:00 pm); workshop on Sat Jul 18, 9a-5p; Final screening on Fri Aug 7, 7pm


Documentary Production Workshop

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.

FEE: $785

DATES: 6/1/20–7/10/20 - see detailed schedule below

WEEK 1 (2x): 1-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 3-Jun Wed (6-10 pm)
WEEK 2 (3x): 8-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 10-Jun Wed (6-10 pm); 13-Jun Sat (9 am-5 pm)
WEEK 3 (3x): 15-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 17-Jun Wed (6-10 pm); 20-Jun Sat (9 am-5 pm)
WEEK 4 (2x): 22-Jun Mon (6-10 pm); 24-Jun Wed (6-10 pm)
WEEK 5 (1x): 29-Jun Mon (6-10 pm)  
WEEK 6 (3x): 6-Jul Mon (6-10 pm); 8-Jul Wed (6-10 pm); 10-Jul Fri (7 -10 pm) -- Final Screening


Cinematography Workshop

For adults (and recent high school grads)—Delve into all things lighting and camera in this cinematography workshop. Across two weekends, participants will create multiple short projects pushing their skills in composition, lighting, movement, and visual storytelling. Designed for content-creators, storytellers, and camera aficionados alike, this course will help you take your filmmaking to the next level.

FEE: $750

DATES: 6/20-6/21 & 6/27-6/28. Saturdays: 9 am – 5 pm; Sundays; 9 am–4 pm)

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.
*UT employees may qualify for additional discounts.