Pursuing a graduate degree in Media Arts at the University of North Texas provides you many distinctive advantages, including:
The Department of Media Arts offers coursework leading to a Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts. The M.A. degree has an emphasis in industry studies or critical cultural studies. Our M.F.A. program, with an emphasis in documentary production and studies, is one of the few in the nation and the only program of its kind in the region. Using a wide variety of professional, high definition cameras, audio gear and various post production platforms, you'll be engaged in rigorous and ambitious production opportunities, while being immersed in the history and current theories of the global, documentary genre.
You'll receive instruction from internationally recognized scholars, seasoned media professionals and award-winning filmmakers. They've written textbooks used in courses throughout the world and had film and video productions broadcast on TV and screened at prestigious national and international venues. Many faculty members also work with national and international organizations dealing with media education and film preservation.
Because of the quality instruction our students receive, our students have earned grants for rigorous research projects and had productions screened at domestic and international festivals.
We provide opportunities to study abroad and conduct research in London, Cuba and other international locations. In addition, there is an established student/faculty exchange program with the University of Sunderland (United Kingdom). More information about our graduate programs and the department is at our website.
KNTU-FM, our 100,000-watt radio station, broadcasts educational, informational and entertainment programming. All UNT students are eligible to work at KNTU, where they learn radio production, programming and station administration.
North Texas Television(ntTV) features student-produced programs on a wide range of topics, including news, sports, public affairs and entertainment. All UNT students are eligible to work at ntTV.
You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the department's requirements, including at least a 3.0 overall GPA in an accredited bachelor's program. Graduate school admission requirements are available at the graduate school website or our website.
For full consideration, you should submit all required materials by Jan.15. A round of reviews is available for completed packets received by March 15.
The following materials should be sent to the appropriate Media Arts graduate director:
M.A. application materials should be emailed to us or sent to:
Dr. Jacqueline Ryan Vickery
Director of the M.A. Program in Media Arts
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
M.F.A. application materials should be emailed to us or sent to:
Director of the M.F.A. Program in Media Arts
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
You'll need to maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA while enrolled in either master's program. Detailed course requirements are available at the catalog or our website. There are regular academic progress and portfolio reviews of M.F.A. students, as well as minimum grade requirements on required and elective courses.
Continuous participation and attendance in the M.F.A. Colloquium is required until successful defense of the M.F.A. thesis.
Several graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships and scholarships are awarded each year to new and continuing students. More information about these awards is at our website under Graduate Studies. Opportunities may also be available in management of KNTU-FM or ntTV and in faculty members' research and creative activities.
Information about other financial assistance is available at at the financial aid website.
Jason Balas, Associate Professor; M.F.A., Ohio University. Narrative film production/screenwriting.
Harry Benshoff, Professor; Ph.D., University of Southern California. American film history and theory; race, gender and sexuality in film.
Tania Khalaf, Associate Professor; M.F.A., University of North Texas. Documentary production and theory.
George S. Larke-Walsh, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Sunderland (United Kingdom). International film history and theory; documentary; crime genre; gender and race.
Ben Levin, Professor; M.F.A., Temple University. Documentary production and history.
C. Melinda Levin, Professor; M.F.A., University of Oklahoma. Documentary directing, producing, cinematography and postproduction; environmental media and global/ interdisciplinary research.
Eugene Martin, Associate Professor and Department Chair; M.F.A., Temple University. Cinematography; documentary filmmaking; lighting; narrative screen directing; nonlinear editing; youth media production.
James Martin, Assistant Professor and AVID Certified Instructor; M.F.A., Lindenwood University. Emerging digital production technologies; screenwriting; postproduction.
Jennifer Porst, Assistant Professor; Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles. Media Industries; Media History; Media Law and Policy; Contemporary Hollywood.
Phyllis Slocum, Principal Lecturer; M.A., University of North Texas. Broadcast news; news analysis; media consulting.
Jacqueline Vickery, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Digital media; youth media; feminism and activism.
Xiaoqun Zhang, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Tsinghua University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University. Media management and economics; media technology and policy; measurement of media coverage.