Radio, Television and Film Courses

Radio/Television/Film, RTVF = 0161

Aural competency in distinguishing discrete sounds, and visual competency in distinguishing shapes, forms, colors and movements are required to complete RTVF critical studies courses. Additional visual competency to utilize studio and location equipment and manual dexterity to operate equipment are required to complete RTVF production courses. Articulation competency to achieve broadcast industry standards may be required. Specific competency requirements for internship, seminar and special problems courses are available from the RTVF adviser.

1310. Perspectives on Radio and Television. 3 hours. Historical, programming, physical, legal, economic and social/psychological bases.

1320. Perspectives on Film. 3 hours. A survey of film history, theory, economics, production and censorship.

2200. RTVF Production. 3 hours. (3;3) Production techniques for students minoring in RTVF, and all other non-RTVF majors. Audio, television (studio and location) and single-camera methods are investigated. Includes production exercises and experiments. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 1310 and 1320, or consent of department. May be taught concurrently with RTVF 5200 (RTVF Production, a leveling course for graduate students). Does not serve as a prerequisite for RTVF 2350, 3440, 3490, 3650 or 3750.

2250. Audio Procedures. 3 hours. (2;3) Introduction to audio techniques, radio laboratory studio equipment, basic skills and broadcast applications. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 1310 or consent of department. For RTVF majors only or on consent of department.

2350. Video Procedures. 3 hours. (2;4) Introduction to video techniques, television studio equipment and basic skills. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2250 or consent of department. For RTVF majors only or on consent of department.

2550. Introduction to Film Style Production. 3 hours. (3;3) Introduction to basic single-camera production concepts and techniques using small format video cameras and editing equipment. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 1320 or consent of department. For RTVF majors only or on consent of department.

2700. World Cinema Survey. 3 hours. Introduction to major film movements, including their formation, development, aesthetic and thematic qualities, and to leading film artists. Satisfies the Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

2900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours.

3300. Radio and Television Announcing. 3 hours. (2;3) Announcer qualifications, techniques and professional standards. Practice in delivery for all program and commercial announcing situations. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2350 or consent of department.

3330. Broadcast Sports. 3 hours. (2;4) History, philosophy and techniques of the sports journalist in the electronic media. Lecture and lab coverage of football and soccer during the fall semester, and basketball and baseball during the spring semester. May not be repeated for credit.

3350. Design and Implementation of Media Programs. 3 hours. Theory and considerations of program design; software design and production; use of audiovisual hardware and implementation of media presentations. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2250 or consent of department.

3400. Broadcast Copywriting. 3 hours. Methods, formats and terminology of writing and producing commercials and public service announcements for both radio and television. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2350.

3440. Intermediate Film Production. 3 hours. (3;2) Scripting, preproduction, cinematography, directing, editing and using 16mm equipment. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2250 and 2550 and consent of department.

3450. Art of the Film. 3 hours. (3;2) Contemporary trends in filmmaking; film emphasizing technical and creative processes. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3460. History of Film. 3 hours. (2;4) Aesthetic, technological and industrial development. Concentrates on the narrative film. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3482. Radio Practicum. 1-3 hours. Supervised work in the on-campus radio broadcasting activities of the Department of Radio, Television and Film's radio station, KNTU-FM 88.1 MHz. Students learn various production techniques and the operations of a broadcast radio station. Prerequisite(s): consent of department and junior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910. Pass/no pass only.

3483. Film Practicum. 3 hours. Supervised field and studio work in the Department of Radio, Television and Film's studios. Prerequisite(s): consent of department and junior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910. Pass/no pass only.

3484. Engineering Practicum. 3 hours. Supervised work in the Department of Radio, Television and Film's master control and engineering studios. Prerequisite(s): consent of department and junior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910. Pass/no pass only.

3485. Sportscasting Practicum. 3 hours. Supervised field and studio work in the Department of Radio, Television and Film's studios. Prerequisite(s): consent of department and junior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910. Pass/no pass only.

3490. Non-Broadcast Television Production. 3 hours. (2;4) Producing single-camera television programs for business, industry and education. Scripting, preproduction, production and postproduction. The technical bases of electronic production. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2350 and 2550 and junior standing, or consent of department.

3501. Television Practicum. 1 hour. Supervised work in the on-campus television activities of the Department of Radio, Television and Film, such as NTTV (North Texas Television). Students learn various production techniques and the operations of a television station but do not check out production equipment or reserve television studio time without specific approval from the practicum instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910. Pass/no pass only.

3502. Advanced Television Practicum. 2 hours. Supervised work in the on-campus television activities of the Department of Radio, Television and Film, such as NTTV (North Texas Television). Students will be designated as "producers" and have the primary responsibility of originating programs, supervising and performing day-to-day production activities, checking out equipment and working with the instructor on special projects and assignments. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours of total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910. Pass/no pass only.

3550. Non-Western Film. 3 hours. (3;3) The films of non-Western cultures examined through national idiom, historical background and aesthetic sensibility. Emphasis on the contemporary cinema of each country. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or consent of department. Satisfies the Crosscultural and Global Studies requirement of the University Core Curriculum.

3610. Film Analysis. 3 hours. (2;4) Structure, composition, design and effect are studied through close frame-by-frame examination of motion pictures.

3640. Mass Media and Modern Society. 3 hours. Implications of contemporary mass media for 20th-century America. Relationships among the media, the individual, the group, society and the culture. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or consent of department.

3650. Audio Production. 3 hours. (2;3) Advanced training in the art and technique of audio production in radio and other media. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2250.

3720. Television Criticism. 3 hours. (3;0; recitation) Methodologies for analyzing the narrative structures of television programming, with attention to aesthetic, institutional, sociological and historical factors that affect the relationship between programs and viewers.

3750. Television Production. 3 hours. (2;3) Theory and practice in production procedures for dramatic and non-dramatic programs. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2350 or consent of department.

4310. Acting for Film and Television. 3 hours. (3;2) A study of the role of the actor in contemporary film and television productions. Methods and styles of acting in relationship to the script, the environment and off-camera personnel. Viewing and discussing performances in current film/television productions. Prerequisite(s): 75 hours of university or college work and 27 credit hours in either THEA or RTVF, including RTVF 2200 or 2350; THEA 2350; or consent of both departments. (Same as THEA 4310.)

4320. Law and Regulations for Radio/Television/Film. 3 hours. Laws and regulations affecting broadcasting, cable, film and related areas. Prerequisite(s): senior standing.

4330. Broadcast News. 3 hours. (2;3) Gathering, preparation and presentation of a generic broadcast news product. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2200 or 2350 or 2550. (Same as JOUR 4330.)

4340. The Non-Theatrical Film. 3 hours. (3;2) A study of non-theatrical film forms, such as the documentary, newsreel, educational and public relations film. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

4400. Advanced Film Production. 3 hours. (2;3) Techniques of planning and production; production of a film project. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 3440 and consent of department.

4410. Media Studies Topics. 3 hours. Rotating topics. Representative topics include: Films of Buster Keaton, AIDS, mass media and public policy, and production management. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

4411. Video Production Topics. 3 hours. Rotating topics in video production. Representative topics include documentary production and music for television production. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2350 or consent of department.

4412. Film Production Topics. 3 hours. Rotating topics in film production. Representative topics include lighting for cinematography and directing for film. May be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2550 and 3440 and consent of department.

4413. Audio Production Topics. 3 hours. Rotating topics in audio production. Representative topics include music for film and television and digital audio effects. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2250 and 3650 and consent of department.

4420. Broadcast and Cable Television Programming. 3 hours. Theories and strategies of program selection, scheduling and evaluation for broadcast stations and cable television systems. Prerequisite(s): junior standing, RTVF 1310 or consent of department.

4430. Broadcast and Cable Management. 3 hours. Financial, legal and technical aspects of broadcast stations and cable television
systems. Prerequisite(s): junior standing, RTVF 1310 or consent of department.

4440. Broadcast Advertising. 3 hours. (3;2) Economics, standards and ethics of advertising in the broadcast media, including the use of broadcast research to develop an advertising campaign. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

4460. Play and Film Scriptwriting. 3 hours. Dramatic theory, structure, characterization, dialogue and technical media as used by the playwright or the film scriptwriter in both dramatic and comedic works. Study of the scriptwriting process from proposal to production. Marketing of scripts. Practice in playwriting and film scriptwriting. Prerequisite(s): consent of department. May be repeated once for credit, but no more than 3 hours may be counted toward a major in RTVF. (Same as THEA 4460.)

4480. Internship in Radio/Television/Film. 1-3 hours. Supervised off-campus work experience in a job that relates to student's career objective. Prerequisite(s): meet employer's requirements, have consent of department and junior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900, and 4910. Pass/no pass only. Designed primarily for continuing RTVF majors at the University of North Texas.

4490. Television for Business, Industry and Education. 3 hours. (2;4) Planning, production and utilization of television programs for instruction and corporate communication. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 3490.

4510. Corporate Media. 3 hours. Theory and uses of film, video and slides in business and industry. Area producers show their work and discuss production techniques. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 2350 or 2550, or consent of department.

4640. Persuasion in Mass Communication. 3 hours. Analysis of influence through mass media. Theories of motivation. Includes study of persuasion in dramatic and documentary films, the psychology of advertising and public relations campaigns. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

4660. Cinema, Television and Ideology. 3 hours. Examination of the ideological content of narrative film and television and the ways in which it is communicated. Prerequisite(s): junior standing.

4670. Economics of Mass Media. 3 hours. Analysis of the economic parameters of the current and past media industries, particularly film, television and the cable industries. Includes study of the history and development of the film and subsequent media industries.

4700. Film Criticism. 3 hours. Criticism and analysis of contemporary films. Utilization of campus, local and Metroplex screenings for research purposes and critical papers. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

4710. Film Aesthetics. 3 hours. Examination of the ways scholars, critics and filmmakers have explained and discussed the materials used to make movies and how these materials may be used to construct films and produce meaning. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 3450 or consent of instructor.

4750. Advanced Television Production. 3 hours. (2;3) Advanced directing, postproduction editing, producer responsibilities and creative programs. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 3750 or consent of department.

4760. Documentary Preproduction. 3 hours. The design of documentary productions of all types, in both film and video. Topics include the selection of subjects, research techniques, proposal writing, location scouting, funding and budgeting. Several case histories are examined and excerpts from a variety of documentary productions are screened. Prerequisite(s): RTVF 1320 or the equivalent.

4900-4910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Problem must be approved by department chair. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours total credit for RTVF 3482, 3483, 3484, 3485, 3501, 3502, 4480, 4900 and 4910.

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