Graduate opportunities

Pursuing a graduate degree in Media Arts at the University of North Texas provides you many distinctive advantages, including:

  • Access to professional equipment, state-of-the-art facilities and a community of artists and scholars engaging with emergent, global media strategies
  • A curriculum that supplies a healthy combination of history, theory and industry studies, and a comprehensive education in the aesthetic, ethical and legal aspects of media production and consumption
  • Opportunities to present your work at festivals, conferences and other related events

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.

Outstanding faculty and student support

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 available at the Department of Media Arts website.

Get hands-on experience with co-curricular activities

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.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

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 schoolwebsite or the Department of Media Arts 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:

Master of Arts

  • Statement of Purpose explaining your creative and career goals and how an M.A. degree will help you achieve those goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation from your professors or supervisors.
  • Writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.)

M.A. application materials should be emailed to or sent to:

Jacqueline Vickery
Director of the M.A. Program in Media Arts
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

Master of Fine Arts

  • Portfolio of creative work (submitted online and link included in your letter of application). This portfolio should include a 10-minute sample clip reel that's indicative of your creative and professional potential in media production and at least one completed work in which you played a major creative or technical role. Please indicate all roles you played on excerpts and films included.
  • Letter of Application/Statement of Purpose explaining your career goals and how a M.F.A. degree in Documentary Production and Studies will help you achieve those goals
  • Three letters of recommendation from your professors or supervisors indicating your potential for success in a rigorous, terminal degree graduate program
  • Writing sample (research paper, professional report, substantial essay, etc.)

M.F.A. application materials should be emailed to or sent to:

Melinda Levin
Director of the M.F.A. Program in Media Arts
1155 Union Circle #310589
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

Degree requirements

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 the Department of Media Arts 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.

Master of Arts

  • 6 credit hours of required courses
  • 6 credit hours of prescribed electives
  • 12 to 18 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of thesis (optional)
  • 6 to 12 semester hours in a minor area (optional)

Master of Fine Arts

  • 33 credit hours of required courses
  • 9 credit hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of M.F.A. Colloquium
  • 6 credit hours of prescribed electives
  • 6 credit hours of thesis

Continuous participation and attendance in the M.F.A. Colloquium is required until successful defense of the M.F.A. thesis.

Financial assistance

Several graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships and scholarships are awarded each year to new and continuing students. More information about these awards is available at the Department of Media Arts 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.

Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Assistant Professor, PhD University of Texas, media industries, global media, film festivals.

Tania Khalaf, Associate Professor; M.F.A., University of North Texas. Documentary production and theory.

C. Melinda Levin, Professor; M.F.A., University of Oklahoma. Documentary directing, producing, cinematography and postproduction; environmental media and global/ interdisciplinary research.

Stephen Mandiberg, Senior Lecturer, PhD UC-San Diego, video games, localization practices, media remakes.

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.