Department of Radio-Television-Film

Most upper-division radio-television-film courses are restricted to radio-television-film majors. Non-majors interested in taking an upper-division course in radio-television-film should contact the instructor after the fourth class day to request permission to be added to the class. For Radio-Television-Film 307308317, and 318, the department restricts enrollment during the first registration period to radio-television-film majors. During later registration periods, courses in which space is available may be opened to nonmajors.

Attendance is required at the first class meeting of Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 and all upper-division radio-television-film courses. At the discretion of the instructor, students who do not attend the first class meeting may be dropped from the course, even if they have registered and paid their tuition.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film reserves the right to retain and to use for noncommercial purposes copies of all work completed by students as part of departmental course assignments.

Because prerequisites are subject to change, students should consult the Course Schedule before registering.

The information in parentheses after a course number is the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) designation. Only TCCN designations that are exact semester-hour equivalents of University courses are listed here. Additional TCCN information is given in Appendix A.

Radio-Television-Film: RTF

Lower-Division Courses

RTF 301N. Introductory Topics in Radio-Television-Film.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

RTF 305 (TCCN: COMM 1307). Introduction to Media Studies.

Introduction to historical, cultural, political, economic, and international characteristics of film, television, and other media in society. Two lecture hours, one discussion hour, and one two-and-one-half-hour film screening a week for one semester.

RTF 306. Introduction to World Cinema History.

Survey of the aesthetic, cultural, economic, political, and technological trends impacting motion pictures around the world from their origins in the late nineteenth century through the present. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours of film screenings a week for one semester, with additional hours to be arranged. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 306, 314, 322C.

RTF 307. Media and Society.

Concentrates on media's role in society, including our contributions as participants and audiences, as well as consequences to our social norms, political engagement, and identities. Considers how media work within local, national, and global contexts, addressing social continuities and disruptions, organizational processes, policies and politics, and economic conditions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. An additional discussion section may also be required.

RTF 308. Development of Film and Media.

Study of historical development of the film, radio, television, and digital media industries. Overview of the cultural, social, economic, and technological contexts in which media have been produced and circulated. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours of film screening a week for one semester. A one-hour discussion section may also be required.

RTF 309. Communication Technology and Society.

Same as Communication 309. Study of communication technologies, from writing to the Internet; their uses in interpersonal, group, mass, and international contexts; and the impact of technologies on work. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 309, Radio-Television-Film 309, 326C.

RTF 317. Narrative Strategies and Media Design.

Study of the way meaning is structured and perceived in film, television, and digital/interactive media; introduction to basic storytelling techniques in multiple media formats. Includes viewing and analysis of movies, television series, video games, and various other media narratives. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours of film screening a week for one semester. A one-hour discussion section may also be required. Required of all undergraduate majors in radio-television-film. Students may not enroll in this course more than twice. Prerequisite: Three semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 318. Introduction to Image and Sound.

Exploration of fundamental film and digital production concepts and techniques through lectures, projects, and laboratory work. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Students may not enroll in this course more than twice. Prerequisite: Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 119S, 219S, 319S, 419S, 519S, 619S, 719S, 819S, 919S. Topics in Radio-Television-Film.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Upper-Division Courses

RTF 320C. Introduction to Digital Media.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to the study of digital media and digital culture. Includes assignments focused on remix culture, computer-based image construction, social media, and game design, merging theory and practice. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 319 and 320C may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 321C. History of American Television.

Survey of the evolution of United States television programming, aesthetics, production, and policy. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours of film screenings a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 316 and 321C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 321F. Media Analysis and Criticism.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. A foundational course devoted to the critical analysis of media in a variety of contexts. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Additional hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 322C. Film History.

Introductory survey of the history of world cinema. Explores the development of film as a narrative medium, key filmmakers, films, and of the origins of the main elements of film grammar. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours of film screening a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 306, 314, 322C. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 323C. Screening Race.

Introduction to the study of race and ethnicity in U.S. film, television, and new media. Includes focus on media histories, media criticism, production strategies, and U.S. audiences. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours of film screenings a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 316M, Radio-Television-Film 316M, 323C. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 324C. Introduction to Global Media.

Introduces the role of global media as a set of texts, technologies, and industries that shape our identities, our social worlds, and our political practices. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 312C and 324C may not both be counted.

RTF 324F. Social Theories of Media.

A foundational course exploring social theories of media. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Additional hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 324L. Topics in the Entertainment Professions.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Contemporary issues, practices, and skills related to communication and the entertainment industries, including studies in the business of entertainment, the entertainment professions, the creative process, and contemporary Hollywood cinema. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Topic 5: Careers in Entertainment-Los Angeles. Explores specific career interests with a focus on skills, experience, training, and contacts that are required in Los Angeles. Taught in Los Angeles, California. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 324 (Topic: Careers in Entertainment), 324 (Topic 5), Radio-Television-Film 324L (Topic: Careers in Entertainment), 324L (Topic 5).

RTF 325C. Women and Media Culture.

Critical analysis of media and its interrelation with issues of gender. Three lecture hours and two and one-half screening hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 359 (Topic: Women and Media Culture), Radio Television and Film 359S (Topic 2), Radio Television and Film 325C. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 326C. Technological Culture.

Examines ideas about the relationship between technology and culture, how US culture views technology, and the historically contingent design, development and use of different media and communication technologies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 309, Radio-Television-Film 309, 326C. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 327C. Digital Remix Cultures.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to the study of digital remix cultures. Subjects will include medium specific mash-up cultures and platforms (image, audio, video), authorship and ownership, political remix and culture jamming, and memes. Assignments will merge theory and practice. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 319 and 327C may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 129S, 229S, 329S, 429S, 529S, 629S, 729S, 829S, 929S. Topics in Radio-Television-Film.

This course is used to record credit the student earns while enrolled at another institution in a program administered by the University's Study Abroad Office. Credit is recorded as assigned by the study abroad adviser in the Department of Radio-Television-Film. University credit is awarded for work in an exchange program; it may be counted as coursework taken in residence. Transfer credit is awarded for work in an affiliated studies program. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

RTF 330G. Topics in Media Research.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Applied research investigating specific media topics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 330K. Introduction to Research Methods.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to applied media research and research criticism; fundamentals of audience analysis, survey design, experimental and field research, content analysis. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 330L. Internship in Film and Electronic Media.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Practical work experience related to the study of film, television, radio, or other media. Students must make their own arrangements to secure relevant internships. The equivalent of ten lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 330L and 330M may not both be counted. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and consent of the internship coordinator.

RTF 330M. Internship in Digital Media.

Position availability depends on qualifications of student and number of internships open at time of enrollment. Practical work experience in digital media and postproduction media. One and one-half lecture hours and at least ten hours of fieldwork a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 330L and 330M may not both be counted. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

RTF 331J. Policy Issues in New Communication Technologies.

Overview of policy and regulation of communication systems in the United States, with emphasis on contemporary technologies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 331K. Film, Video, and Television Theory.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Survey of basic theories that seek to explain the relationships between film, video, television, and their respective audiences. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one two-hour film screening a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Cult Movies and Gender Issues.
Topic 2: Television and Theories of Gender.
Topic 4: Feminist Media Theory. Survey of basic feminist media theory.
Topic 5: Screen Theory. Survey of basic screen theory.
Topic 6: Critical Studies of Film and Television Stardom. Survey of the construction and meanings of stardom in film, television, and new media. Subjects include links with the media industries; stardom and race, class, gender, and sexuality; and new permutations of celebrity culture. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 331K (Topic 6) and 331K (Topic: Critical Studies of Film and Television Stardom) may not both be counted.

RTF 331L. Corporate and Instructional Video.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Study, design, production, use, and evaluation of corporate and instructional video materials. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 331M. New Communication Technologies.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Survey of history of new communication technologies. Analysis of regulation, policy, economics, and programming of new communication technologies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 331N. The Information Society.

Introduction to information technologies such as the Internet, telephones, and computers and their relation to existing media; includes history, policy, economics, and social impact. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 331P. Topics in New Communication Technologies.

Applications and potential effects of new telecommunications and information technologies in the home, workplace, and in education, social services, and politics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 331Q. Topics in Digital Media.

Laboratory explorations of the spatial and narrative dimensions of the digital environment. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, the following coursework with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 318 or 319, and nine additional semester hours of coursework chosen from Radio-Television-Film 309, 314, 316, 317, 318, and 319; for others, upper-division standing.

RTF 331R. Topics in New Media.

Students produce projects in either film, video, computer animation, collage, sculpture, assemblage, soundscape, or performance. Prior experience in one or more media is helpful but not necessary. Three lecture hours and one and one-half studio hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; for others, upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

RTF 331T. Topics in Digital Media: Audio.

Explorations of the auditory dimensions of the digital environment. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, Radio-Television-Film 318 or 319, and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; for others, upper-division standing.

RTF 333. Introduction to Screenwriting.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. An introduction to screenwriting for features, short films, documentaries, and television. Lectures explore the basic theory of story, character, and structure. Students write original screenplays during workshop hours. One and one-half lecture hours and two workshop hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 334. Programming and Audiences.

Study of media programming and its cognitive and behavioral impact on audiences. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 335. Television Analysis and Criticism.

Analysis of critical methods, selected television programs, and selected critics. Practice in written criticism required of all students. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with two hours of film screening a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Television in the Post-Network Era. Examination of contemporary television's formal-aesthetic traits as well as its shifting position as a cultural, social, political and industrial force. Exploration of how television is being transformed as it converges with other digital technologies. Radio-Television-Film 335 (Topic: TV Analysis and Criticism) and 335 (Topic 1) may not both be counted.
Topic 2: Race, Class and Gender in American Television. Surveys history and contemporary debates regarding the construction of race, class, gender and sexual orientation in U.S. television from the late 1940s through the present day and related issues of television aesthetics, production practices, audiences, and advocacy. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional film screening hours to be arranged. Radio-Television-Film 335 (Topic 2) and 335 (Topic: Race, Class and Gender in American Television) may not both be counted.

RTF 336. Special Projects in Radio-Television-Film.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Comprehensive research or creative projects in areas of special interest developed and executed by the student under faculty supervision. Individual instruction. May be taken twice for credit. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film, and consent of the department.

RTF 337. Radio Fundamentals.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Fundamentals of audio program production. Students create either brief or long audio programs. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each; and six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course.

RTF 337P. Multitrack Audio Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Principles and practice of multitrack audio production. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each; and six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course.

RTF 340. Studio Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to production of television programs, including the multicamera format. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be taken concurrently with Radio-Television-Film 366 or 366K. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

Topic 1: Drama/Music Production.
Topic 2: Public Affairs Production.

RTF 341. Audio Production: Sound for Picture.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Theory and practice of producing quality audio for television, film, and other picture media. Includes basic editing on a digital audio workstation. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 341C. Advanced Audio: Sound Design and Postproduction.

Sound design and editing, and fundamentals of postproduction audio mixing. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 337, 337P, or 341.

Topic 1: Sound Design and Mixing. Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Sound design and editing, and fundamentals of postproduction audio mixing. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Radio-Television-Film 341C (Topic: Sound Design and Mixing) and 341C (Topic 1) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 342. Topics in Global Media.

Study of political, social, cultural, and economic factors affecting the use and impact of communication systems in an international context. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: National Media Systems.
Topic 2: Comparative Media Systems.
Topic 4: Participatory Media.
Topic 6: Development Communication. Same as Middle Eastern Studies 341 (Topic 4). Only one of the following may be counted: Middle Eastern Studies 322K (Topic 14), 341 (Topic 4), Radio-Television-Film 342 (Topic 6).
Topic 7: Global Media Systems.
Topic 8: Development Communication and Social Change. Examines the strategic use of communication technologies and processes to engage in social change in a global context. Only one of the following may be counted: Latin American Studies 322 (Topic: Dev Comm and Social Change), Middle Eastern Studies 322K (Topic: Dev Comm and Social Change), Middle Eastern Studies 342 (Topic: Dev Comm and Social Change), Radio-Television-Film 342 (Topic: Dev Comm and Social Change), 342 (Topic 8).

RTF 342T. International Telecommunications.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Overview of issues and history of international telecommunication systems, focusing on the roles of business and government. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 343. Advanced Video Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Advanced study in film, television, and media production. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 340, 366, or 366K.

Topic 1: Advanced Narrative Production. Restricted to students in radio-television-film. Individual and group production of short films using high-definition video. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Radio-Television-Film 340 or 366K (Topic 2).
Topic 2: Advanced Documentary Production. Individual and group production of a documentary, from research and preproduction to completion.
Topic 3: Advanced Soundstage Production. Group production of short films using the Hollywood soundstage as the primary model.
Topic 4: Creating Cross-Platform Fundraising Media. Small group production of client-commissioned fundraising media and an exploration of the realm of independent production contracting. Radio-Television-Film 343 (Topic 4) and 344M (Topic: Cross-Platform Content Creation) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and Radio-Television-Film 346, 366D, 366K, or 368 with a grade of at least B.
Topic 5: Developing Independent Feature Films. Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Group research and lectures about producing an independent feature film. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 343 (Topic: Developing Indie Feature Films) and 343 (Topic 5) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Radio-Television-Film 340 or 366K.
Topic 7: Film Funding and Promotion. Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Creation and implementation of social media presence, crowd funding, publicity, and festival exposure for independent films. Three lecture hours a week for one semester Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 343C. Acting for Filmmakers.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Explores core elements of acting technique through scene study, improvisation, and other exercises. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 343 (Topic: Acting for Filmmakers) and 343C may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and Radio-Television-Film 366D or 366K (Topic 2).

RTF 343M. Master Class.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Incorporates a guest speaker series, focused on a particular topic for the semester. Students conduct research, coordinate and attend the speaker series, and pursue creative projects related to the semester's topic. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 343N. Advanced Three-Dimensional Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Carries the principles developed in Radio-Television-Film 366M into a variety of hands-on production settings and projects, including large-crew productions at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, as well as smaller shoots in a variety of other studios and locations. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester, with additional hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 366M.

RTF 343S. Soundstage Production for Television and Film.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Study of the skills and aesthetics related to professional-level productions in the soundstage format. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 343 (Topic: Soundstage Production for Television and Film) and 343S may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 340 or 366K with a grade of at least C.

RTF 344. Special Applications of Media Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Special problems involved in audio, film, and video production. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each; and six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course.

RTF 344M. Special Applications of Digital Media Production.

Special topics in digital media theory, design, or development. May include visual effects and motion graphics or digital media and digital art. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, Radio-Television-Film 318 or 319, and nine additional semester hours of coursework in radio-television-film; for others, upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Interactive Digital Storytelling. Use of digital tools to create original web-based audiovisual productions and the study of impact of digital media and technology on traditional film and video production. Three lecture hours hours a week, with studio hours to be arranged. Additional prerequisite: Upper-division standing
Topic 2: Computer Graphics for Film and Games. Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic: Computer Animation and 3-D Modeling) and 344M (Topic 2) may not both be counted.
Topic 3: Introduction to Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. Designed to introduce students to the core concepts and techniques used in visual effects and motion graphics. Subjects include, but are not limited to, compositing, animation, particles, and greenscreen. Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic: Visual Effects) and 344M (Topic 3) may not both be counted.
Topic 4: Interactive Media and Game Development. Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic: Interactive Media and Game Development) and 344M (Topic 4) may not both be counted.
Topic 5: Writing for Interactive Games and Media. Designed to give aspiring game writers the skills, knowledge and techniques needed to write successfully for the games industry. Through the creation of original interactive games, focuses on such fundamentals as premise, character development, story structure, and the creation of multi-level worlds. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic: Wri for Interact Games & Media), 344M (Topic 5), Theatre and Dance 355T (Topic: Writing for Interactive Games).

RTF 344N. Advanced Applications of Digital Media Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Advanced topics in digital media theory, design, and development. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 344M.

Topic 1: Advanced Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. Explores advanced subjects, concepts, and techniques in compositing, image and projection, digital painting, and animation. Radio-Television-Film 344N (Topic: Advanced Visual Effects) and 344N (Topic 1) may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic 3).
Topic 2: Advanced Effects: Modeling. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 3: Advanced Effects: Rigging. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.
Topic 4: Undergraduate Animation Thesis. Each student will produce a two- to ten-minute animated short film. Radio-Television-Film 344N (Topic: Undergraduate Animation Thesis) and 344N (Topic 4) may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Additional prerequisite: One of the following: Radio-Television-Film 343N, 344M (Topic 3), 344N (Topic 1), 351C, 351D, or 366M.
Topic 5: Computer Graphic Character Animation. Hands-on approach to learning character animation in Maya. Introduction to the fundamental methods needed to create animated characters, including techniques used to create motion. Radio-Television-Film 344N (Topic: Character Animation in 3D) and 344N (Topic 5) may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic 2).
Topic 6: Game Development Capstone: 2D Games. Radio-Television-Film 344N (Topic: Game Development Capstone: 2D Games) and 344N (Topic 6) may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic 4), and consent of instructor.

RTF 345. Studies in Film History.

Critical assessment of major genres, periods, movements, and personalities in United States and international film history. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one two-hour film screening a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Third World Cinema: Asia and the Middle East.
Topic 2: Israeli Cinema and Television. Only one of the following may be counted: Jewish Studies 363 (Topic 16: Israeli Cinema and Television), Middle Eastern Studies 325 (Topic 2: Israeli Cinema and Television), Radio-Television-Film 345 (Topic 2).
Topic 3: History of Mexican Cinema.
Topic 4: Latin American Cinema.
Topic 5: Third World Cinema: Africa and the Americas.
Topic 6: Experimental Film and Video. Critical assessment of the history and current trends in experimental film and video. Radio-Television-Film 331K (Topic: Experimental Film and Video) and 345 (Topic 6) may not both be counted.

RTF 346. Introduction to Editing.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Theory and practice of video and film editing techniques. Three lecture hours and one and one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 346E. Advanced Editing.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. In-depth look at the principles, techniques, and aesthetics of editing; building a broad background for students' future professional development. Designed to provide a basic-to-intermediate level of familiarity with Avid editing software, by discussing and working on provided narrative, documentary, and technical exercises; various approaches to editing style in each case. Three lecture hours and two and one-half hours for film screenings a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 344 (Topic: Advanced Editing), 346C, 346E. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 346 with a grade of at least B.

RTF 347C. The Business of Media.

Survey of business practices in film, television, music, and digital media industries: development, production, distribution, and exhibition. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Upper-division standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Topic 1: How Hollywood Works-Los Angeles. Same as Communication 324 (Topic 1). Restricted to students admitted to the Semester in Los Angeles Program. Explores the commercial challenges that face producers and network and studio executives, and addresses the continual struggle between creativity and the bottom line. Taught in Los Angeles, California. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 324 (Topic: How Hollywood Works-L A), (Topic 1), Radio-Television-Film 347C (Topic: How Hollywood Works-L A), (Topic 1).

RTF 348. Studies in Media Industries.

Examination of the economics and the production, research, management, and distribution practices of the film and electronic media industries. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 2: Development Process of Film and Television-Los Angeles. Same as Communication 324 (Topic 2). Restricted to students admitted to the Semester in Los Angeles Program. Examines the development process in both film and television; preparing pitches, coverage, and development notes; identifying strengths and weaknesses of literary material typical of that submitted to studios, networks, and production companies. Taught in Los Angeles, California. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 324 (Topic: Development Process of Film and Television), 324 (Topic 2), Radio-Television-Film 348 (Topic: Development Process of Film and Television), 348 (Topic 2).
Topic 3: Inside the Music Industry. Same as Communication 324 (Topic 3). Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 324 (Topic: Inside The Music Industry), 324 (Topic 3), Radio-Television-Film 348 (Topic: Inside The Music Industry) and 348 (Topic 3).
Topic 4: New Media and Emerging Entertainment-Los Angeles. Same as Communication 324 (Topic 4). Restricted to students admitted to the Semester in Los Angeles Program. Explores burgeoning areas of digital entertainment including broadband, video-on-demand, interactive television, mobile entertainment, and interactive digital gaming. Taught in Los Angeles, California. Only one of the following may be counted: Communication 324 (Topic: New Media and Emerging Entertainment), 324 (Topic 4), Radio-Television-Film 348 (Topic: New Media and Emerging Entertainment), 348 (Topic 4).

RTF 351C. Introduction to Two-Dimensional Animation.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Theory and practice of digital graphics and animation techniques. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: For majors, Radio-Television-Film 318 or 319, and nine additional semester hours of coursework in radio-television-film; for others, upper-division standing.

RTF 351D. Advanced Two-Dimensional Animation.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. In-depth study of two-dimensional animation techniques and an introduction to stop-motion animation, green screen techniques, and postproduction effects. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic: Advanced Digital Animation), 344M (Topic: Two-Dimensional Animation and Motion Graphics), 351D. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 351C.

RTF 351T. Three-Dimensional Animation.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to the art of three-dimensional animation using lectures, workshops, screenings, and labs. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic: Three-Dimensional Animation) and 351T may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 351D.

RTF 352. Global Media and Area Studies.

Study of political, social, cultural, and economic factors affecting the use and impact of communication systems in selected regions, such as South Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, East Asia, and Africa. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Some topics may also require two and one-half film screening hours a week. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Media and the Middle East. Addresses the role of media in the Middle East, considering communication texts, processes and industries in political, social, economic, and cultural contexts. Only one of the following may be counted: Middle Eastern Studies 322K (Topic: Media and the Middle East), Radio-Television-Film 342 (Topic: Media and the Middle East), 352 (Topic 1).

RTF 658. Undergraduate Animation Thesis.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Two-semester course in which each student will produce a two- to ten-minute animated short film as director, animator, and/or sound designer. Three lectures hours a week for two consecutive semesters. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 344N (Topic: Undergraduate Animation Thesis), 344N (Topic 4), 658. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: For 658A, upper-division standing; and two of the following: Radio-Television-Film 341, 341C, 344M (Topic 2), 344M (Topic 3), 344N (Topic 1), 344N (Topic 5), 344N (Topic 6), 351C, or 351D; or consent of instructor; for 658B, Radio-Television-Film 658A.

RTF 359. Studies in Media and Culture.

Special topics related to the critical analysis of media in cultural contexts. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 359 and 359S may not both be counted unless the topics vary. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 3: Asian American Media Cultures. Examines popular and critical roles, representations, and politics of Asian Americans in U.S. media including Hollywood cinema, U.S. network and cable television, Asian American independent film, and online media. Radio-Television-Film 359 (Topic: Asian American Media Cultures) and 359 (Topic 3) may not both be counted.
Topic 4: Youth and Social Media. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 359 (Topic: Youth and Social Media) and 359 (Topic 4) may not both be counted.

RTF 359C. Media Archaeology.

Exploration of the media as artifacts as opposed to narratives or texts. Focuses on the materiality of media within specific socio-cultural, economic, and technological time periods each with their own modes of historic and futuristic discourse. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 359S (Topic: Media Archaeology) and 359C may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only.

RTF 359S. Studies in Media and Culture.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Special topics related to the critical analysis of media in cultural contexts. Three lecture hours and two hours of film screening a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 359 and 359S may not both be counted unless the topics vary. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 3: Gender and Rock Culture. Critical analysis of issues relating to media, gender, and rock culture. Radio-Television-Film 331K (Topic: Gender, Sexuality, and Rock Culture) and 359S (Topic 3) may not both be counted.
Topic 4: Media, Memory, and History. Critical analysis of the relationship between historical events and media.
Topic 5: Queer Media Studies. Same as Women's and Gender Studies 335 (Topic 16). Introduction to the critical analysis of queer media culture. Explores the dominant strategies used by the media industries to represent members of the LGBTQI community and their issues, as well as those utilized by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and intersexed folks in practices of self-representation. Also examines media reception practices among queer folks, as well as the alternative media economies developed by members of the LGBTQI community, and the intersections of queer identity, queer politics, and media culture. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 359S (Topic: Queer Media Studies), 359S (Topic 5), Women's and Gender Studies 324 (Topic: Queer Media Studies), 335 (Topic 16).
Topic 6: Girls' Media and Culture Studies. Same as Women's and Gender Studies 324 (Topic 3). Introduction to the critical analysis of women and media culture. Focuses on commercial media texts mass produced in the United States, and explores the dominant strategies used by the magazine, film, and broadcasting industries to represent women and women's issues as well as to attract women consumers. Examines how women participate in media culture via their roles as consumers and audiences, as well as fans of particular cultural texts. Explores how women have developed alternative media economies by creating their own cultural texts and practices. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 359S (Topic: Girls' Media and Culture Studies), 359S (Topic 6), Women's and Gender Studies 324 (Topic 3), Women's and Gender Studies 345 (Topic: Girls' Media and Culture Studies).
Topic 7: Mixed Race & US Film/Media. An introduction to the evolving representation of mixed-race individuals, romance, and families and to mixed-race stars and producers in U.S. film, television, and new media since the silent film era. Radio-Television-Film 359S (Topic 7) and 370 (Topic: Mixed Race & US Film/Media) may not both be counted.
Topic 8: Latina/os and U.S. Media. Survey of the representation and participation of Latinas and Latinos in U.S. English-language film and television from the silent film era to the present. Also focuses on issues Latina/os face as media producers, media consumers, and media activists.
Topic 9: Latina Feminisms and Media. Survey of Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship, activism, and creative expression with an emphasis on Latina media production and representation in U.S. entertainment media. Only one of the following may be counted: Mexican American Studies 374 (Topic: Latina Feminisms and Media) Radio-Television-Film 359 (Topic: Latina Feminisms and Media), 359S (Topic 9), Women's and Gender Studies 324 (Topic: Latina Feminisms and Media).

RTF 365. Topics in Media and Society.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Advanced topics addressing media, communication, and society. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional hours to be arranged if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 4: History of United States Latino Media.
Topic 5: Latin American Media.
Topic 7: Narrowcasting.
Topic 8: Migration and Media. Advanced study of global media issues, including traditional and digital media use, social inclusion, and migration to the United States from Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere. Students conduct research on the relationships between media and migration.
Topic 9: Media Industries and Entrepreneurship. Same as Sociology 352E. Examination of the social, political, and economic contexts in which media and culture are produced, distributed, and monetized. Emphasis on new media and communication technologies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Radio-Television-Film 365 (Topic: Media Industries and Entrepreneurship), 365 (Topic 9), Sociology 352E, 352M (Topic: Media Industries and Entrepreneurship). Additional prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, upper-division standing and twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; for others, consent of instructor.
Topic 10: Globalization and Social Media. Same as Sociology 352S. Issues surrounding the hype, myth, paradox, and reality of social media in a global context. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Asian American Studies 320 (Topic: Globalization and Social Media), Journalism 349T (Topic: Globalization and Social Media), Radio-Television-Film 331M (Topic: Globalization and Social Media), 365 (Topic 10), Sociology 321K (Topic: Globalization and Social Media), 352S. Additional prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, upper-division standing and twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; for others, consent of instructor.
Topic 11: Alternative and Activist Media. Radio-Television-Film 365 (Topic: Alternative Media), and 365 (Topic 11) may not both be counted.

RTF 365C. Media and Policy.

Advanced topics addressing media and policy in society. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Media, Communication Law, and Ethics. Contemporary ethical and policy issues facing the transforming media industries and the American public. Rooted in an understanding of the First Amendment as well as the development of communication industries, the course examines a range of topics that new media and the Internet have complicated. Radio-Television-Film 365 (Topic: Media, Communication Law, and Ethics) and 365C (Topic 1) may not both be counted.

RTF 365D. Media Literacy.

Advanced topics addressing media literacy and education. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; some topics require additional hours. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Topic 1: Digital and Information Literacy. Exploration of the expanding nature of literacy in a digital world. Study of the ability to strategically access, analyze, evaluate, and produce communication in a variety of forms through media literacy. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 365 (Topic: New Media Literacy) and 365D (Topic 1) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; for others, consent of instructor.

RTF 366. Introduction to Field and Studio Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Basic theory and techniques in single-camera video production; individual and collective production assignments, with emphasis on technical proficiency, examination of the entire production process, visualization of ideas, and critical evaluation of the visual text. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be taken concurrently with Radio-Television-Film 340 or 366K. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each; and six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course.

RTF 366D. Directing Workshop.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Explores the role of the director, focusing on the director-actor relationship, narrative structure, and visual language. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Some topics may require additional hours. Radio-Television-Film 344 (Topic: Directing Workshop) and 366D may not both be counted. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 366K. Introductory Production.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. May not be taken concurrently with Radio-Television-Film 340 or 366. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each; and six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

Topic 2: Narrative Production. A workshop in visual storytelling and non-dialogue filmmaking.
Topic 3: Documentary Production. Workshop in contemporary documentary practice, including directing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound recording, and distribution.
Topic 4: East Austin Stories. Students work in small production groups and make documentaries in and about East Austin for public screening at the end of the semester and for Webcasting.

RTF 366M. Introduction to Three-Dimensional Production.

Restricted to students in radio-television-film. An introduction to the aesthetics, science, theory and practice of three-dimensional production via lectures, screenings, and some hands-on production work in groups. No previous three-dimensional experience is required. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 367K. Producing Film and Television.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Comprehensive consideration of the production process from the producer's standpoint regarding fiscal and creative management. Includes development and preproduction and production planning using computer budgeting and scheduling. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with computer laboratory hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B- in each; and six semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

RTF 367L. Narrative Filmmaking: 16-mm.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Theory and techniques in 16-mm film synchronous sound production; individual and collective production assignments, with emphasis on technical proficiency, examination of entire production process, visualization of ideas, and critical evaluation of the visual text. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 366K.

RTF 367P. Advanced Producing.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Advanced practical application of the business and creative skills used to produce and distribute media projects in the marketplace. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 344 (Topic: Advanced Producing) and 367P may not both be counted. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 367K.

RTF 368. Advanced Production Topics.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Advanced study of production crafts in film, television, and other digital media. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Varies with the topic.

Topic 2: Cinematography. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 343 (Topic 1), 343 (Topic 2), 343N, or 367L.
Topic 3: Advanced Production. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 343 (Topic 1), 343 (Topic 2), 343N, or 367L.
Topic 5: Projects Course: 3D. Restricted to Radio-Television-Film majors. Three lecture hours and a week for one semester with additional hours to be arranged. Additional prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 343N.
Topic 6: Immersive Media Production. Exploration of the theory and practice of immersive media: stereoscopy, artificial environments, and virtual reality. Prerequisite: One of the following: Radio-Television-Film 344M (Topic 2), 344M (Topic 3), 366M, or consent of instructor.

RTF 368C. Advanced Directing.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Creation of collaborative, performance-based works that emphasize simplicity and ingenuity in image and sound choices. Works will adhere to a production code that is a modified version of the Dogme 95 Vow of Cinematic Chastity. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours a week for one semester. Radio-Television-Film 368 (Topic 4: Advanced Directing) and 368C may not both be counted. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 366D.

RTF 368S. Undergraduate Thesis.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Advanced film production or media studies research. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic.

Topic 1: Film Production Thesis. Intensive production workshop, designed for students who wish to produce a film for a portfolio. Additional prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 343, 367L, or 368, and consent of instructor.
Topic 2: Media Studies Thesis. An independent research project based on primary data, resulting in a written summary of theoretical foundations, methodological approach, results, and a discussion. Additional prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topic 3: Screenwriting Thesis. Advanced screenwriting for film or television. Intensive writing workshop, designed for students who wish to produce a polished script suitable for submission to agents and competitions. Radio-Television-Film 368 (Topic: Writing Thesis) and 368S (Topic 3) may not both be counted. Additional prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 333, 369, and consent of instructor.

RTF 369. Advanced Screenwriting.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Students develop and write original screenplays. Includes advanced study of screenplay structure, critical analysis of student and professional work, and intensive writing each week toward a completed script. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Students may not enroll in more than two sections of any Radio-Television-Film 369 course in the same semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 333 with a grade of at least B-.

Topic 1: Advanced Screenwriting for Feature Films. Students may not enroll in more than one section of Radio-Television-Film 369 (Topic 1) in the same semester.
Topic 2: Advanced Screenwriting for Television.

RTF 370. Film Analysis and Criticism.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Analysis of critical methods, selected films, and selected critics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with two hours of film screening a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

RTF 377H. Advanced Topics in Media Studies.

Focus on specialized topics and issues in media history, theory, and criticism. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Some topics may require two-and-one-half film screening hours a week. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and a University grade point average of at least 3.0.

RTF 178. Radio-Television-Film Internship.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Practical work experience related to the study of film, television, radio, or other media. Students must make their own arrangements to secure relevant internships. The equivalent of ten lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated, but only one hour may be counted toward the Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 330L and consent of the internship coordinator.

RTF 378H. Honors Tutorial Course.

Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Intensive reading, research, and/or production project. Individual instruction. May be taken twice for credit. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, twelve semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film, a University grade point average of at least 3.00, a grade point average in radio-television- film of at least 3.50, and consent of the department.