Media Arts | Department of Media Arts

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 (MRTS) at the University of North Texas.

A degree in MRTS 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


An innovative curriculum along with engaged faculty and staff makes our MRTS 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 department also offers participation in the UNT Short Film Club. There are a ton of great ways to get involved, from coming to out meetings and weekly workshops, participating in our filmmaking challenges, and attending guest speaker lectures, to working on our SFC official & independent productions and television shows.

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 RTVF 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.


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 MRTS 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.