Media Arts

Your Future In Media Arts

Do you want to produce radio or television programs? Or perhaps you dream of making an award-winning film or documentary? Get the skills you need to meet those goals by pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts at the University of North Texas.

A degree in Media Arts will help prepare you for a career in:

  • Broadcast, corporate, nonprofit, education and social media production
  • Narrative or documentary digital cinema production
  • Producing and directing fiction and nonfiction television and online media
  • Digital editing and post-production
  • Live and studio-based television and video production
  • Radio and audio production/post-production
  • Social media production and marketing
  • Media management and entrepreneurship

What we offer

An innovative curriculum along with engaged faculty and staff makes our Media Arts program one of the nation's best. We provide you a strong, theoretical education combined with hands-on experience utilizing the same equipment used by industry professionals. You'll have access to:

  • Two live broadcast HD television studios
  • Avid certified editing labs
  • Pro Tools Surround Sound mixing studios
  • Suites for audio and video postproduction and advanced color correction
  • Sony and RED 4K Digital Cinema cameras

You can further hone your skills by working at our 100,000-watt radio station (KNTU-FM) or cable television station (ntTV). Students' work has earned Lone Star Emmys, Telly Awards and honors from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

Our students annually compete in international and national film festivals and student competitions. Their work has screened at the Dallas International Film Festival, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France and the Student Academy Award Regional finalist screenings in Chicago.

Recently, one of our students won the U.S. National Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition, one of highest honors in the U.S. for cinematographers on student films. UNT was also one of three schools recognized internationally by the Eastman Kodak Foundation for outstanding filmmaking.

In addition to earning a bachelor's degree, you can earn certificates in television news producing, media management and Spanish language media.

Faculty members include internationally recognized scholars; media professionals with backgrounds in film production, news, broadcasting and social media; and award-winning documentary and narrative filmmakers. Their books are used in university courses throughout the world. Other accomplishments include:

  • Films and programs airing on PBS, the Sundance Channel, the Aspire Network, Netflix, iTunes and Hulu
  • Films screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  • Working for or being recognized by national and international organizations focusing on media education and film preservation

We're an institutional member of the Broadcast Education Association, Texas Association of Broadcast Educators and the University Film and Video Association. These organizations provide our faculty members additional perspectives on current issues and topics.

A Living-Learning Community brings together Media Arts majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

Internship opportunities are plentiful since the Dallas-Fort Worth region is the nation's fifth largest media market. Internships allow you to gain valuable work experience and possibly earn academic credit.

Scholarships are available to eligible students who need financial assistance while pursuing their degree.

What to expect

To obtain major status, you'll need to complete at least 42 credit hours of course work, including several required pre-major courses, with at least a 2.75 UNT GPA. Transfer students should expect to spend one or more semesters as pre-majors before applying for major status. Visit the catalog for more details.

Your Media Arts courses will focus on production, writing, industry studies and history and critical studies.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.


High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.