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Radio, Television and Film department prepares students for professional careers by immersing them in real-world work.

The Radio, Television and Film program at Texas Southern University engages students in the production and critical studies of radio, television, film and new media. We offer our students a balanced curriculum that provides integrated study and training in the art and business of the electronic media. The Bachelor of Arts program in Radio, Television and Film combines 60 credit hours of a broad general education with 61 credit hours of required, related and free electives that each student can shape toward their individual educational goals within the major.

The Production emphasis blends practical, hands-on learning with a firm grounding in the aesthetics, history and craft of media production. The Media Studies emphasis blends practical research and writing skills with the study of the history, evolution and business practices of the electronic media.

With programs that combine a strong liberal arts framework with the latest media technology, our students are taught to think critically as they explore countless opportunities to express themselves creatively and prepare for professional careers as the next generation of communication leaders.

Students in the Department of Radio, Television and Film engage, learn and achieve. Texas southern University students’ productions have won over 10 local, regional, and national awards since 2010.

Our students have access to a rich variety of resources including:
Award-winning faculty who are industry experts, working professionals, and accomplished scholars, including local and regional award winners, documentary and feature filmmakers, radio personalities, writers, editors, and producers.

State-of-the-art television, film and radio facilities including radio station, KTSU 90.9 FM Radio (The Choice), in which to work and learn, as early as the first year

Unparalleled real-world experience on and off-campus, including hundreds of internship opportunities within 30 miles of Houston, the 8th largest media market in the U.S.

Selecting a specialty is not required for students seeking a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. In consultation with academic advisors, students may select a combination of radio, television, and film courses (RTF electives only) that are available in the current inventory of courses. Degree plans with and without a minor are available for students interested in radio, television, and film.

RTF 130

Introduction to Media Studies

Survey of history, theories, aesthetics, cultural, political, economic, and international characteristics of mass media in society. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite(s): None

Number of Credit Hours: 3

    RTF 131

    Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Production

    Basic information, including theories, aesthetics and skills, required to equip students to communicate through audiovisual media. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Number of Credit Hours: 3

      RTF 135

      Introduction to Photography

      A hands-on introductory course covering the principles of photography using a 35 mm or digital cameras. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged

      Prerequisite(s): None

      Number of Credit Hours: 3

        RTF 240

        Introduction to Film

        A survey of the history of film and its development from 1800’s to present. Major contributors to its development will be examined. Three hours of lecture per week.

        Prerequisite(s): RTF 130, RTF 131

        Number of Credit Hours: 3

          RTF 250

          Film Industry

          A survey of the business of motion picture industry and its economic structure. The course covers the processes involved in making studio and independent films. Three hours of lecture per week.

          Prerequisite(s): RTF 130, RTF 131

          Number of Credit Hours: 3

            RTF 255

            Introduction to Videography

            Students will be introduced to digital video camera techniques in shooting professional quality videos. Includes location shoots and practice. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

            Prerequisite(s): RTF 131 - May be repeated once.

            Number of Credit Hours: 4

              RTF 268

              Introduction to Digital Video Editing

              A survey of the principles of editing for effective storytelling. The current tools and techniques used in the industry will be discussed. Students will use a variety of professional applications to improve their editing skills. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

              Prerequisite(s): RTF 131 - May be repeated once.

              Number of Credit Hours: 4

                RTF 299

                Independent Internship

                Allows students to intern in a professional settings to earn experience as they embark on their academic careers. Students are responsible for their own placement depending on their career interests. This is an unsupervised internship. One credit hour per semester. Consent of the instructor and academic advisor.

                Prerequisite(s): None - May be repeated once.

                Number of Credit Hours: 1

                  RTF 331

                  Media Analysis and Criticism

                  Same as JOUR 362. Analysis of critical methods for electronic media and film as a segment of mass culture. Focus on selected television content and selected critics. Three hours of lecture per week.

                  Prerequisite(s): RTF 130 and RTF 131

                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                    RTF 335

                    Writing for Electronic Media and Film

                    Development of skills and practice in the art of script writing for broadcast, film, and multimedia. Writing and evaluation of many short scripts required. Three hours of lecture per week.

                    Prerequisite(s): RTF 130 and RTF 131

                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                      RTF 340

                      Digital Effects for Film and Video

                      Techniques in creating complex visual effects for film and video using the latest effect creation applications. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                      Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, and RTF 255 - May be repeated once.

                      Number of Credit Hours: 4

                        RTF 344

                        Media Management and Marketing

                        Introduction to the basic elements involved in the day-to-day operation of various electronic media, including broadcast radio and television stations and cable. Three hours of lecture per week.

                        Prerequisite(s): RTF 130 and RTF 131.

                        Number of Credit Hours: 3

                          RTF 345

                          Producing Media for the Web and Beyond

                          Tools and techniques in developing material for the Web and the new media, including the latest applications in streaming media technologies. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                          Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 255 and RTF 335 - May be repeated once.

                          Number of Credit Hours: 4

                            RTF 352

                            Introduction to Documentary Film

                            A survey of documentary filmmaking in the United States and the world. Covers structure, forms, theories and marketing of documentaries. Includes screening and analysis of significant documentary films and the process of producing documentaries. Three hours of lecture per week.

                            Prerequisite(s): RTF 131

                            Number of Credit Hours: 3

                              RTF 353

                              Digital Film Production I

                              A hands-on, introductory course to digital filmmaking using new digital video equipment. Includes scriptwriting, producing, directing and editing a number of shorts, using digital video cameras and editing applications such as Avid and Final Cut Pro. Students are responsible for materials used in the course. The School will provide equipment only. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                              Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 255 and RTF 335.

                              Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                RTF 355

                                Television Production

                                Introduction to the process of producing programs for television and broadcast news using multi-camera studio production techniques. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                Prerequisite(s): RTF 131 - May be repeated once

                                Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                  RTF 358

                                  Digital Film and Video Postproduction

                                  Tools and techniques in advanced video editing using state of the art applications. Includes both image and sound editing techniques. Topics may vary depending on the applications. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                  Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 255, RTF 335 and RTF 362 - May be repeated twice.

                                  Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                    RTF 360

                                    Voice and Diction for Media Performance

                                    Beginner’s voice training for professional performance in radio, film, television and the new media. Includes resonance and articulation, phonation and posture/relaxation. Emphasis will be on using Standard American diction. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                    Prerequisite(s): RTF 131 - May be repeated once.

                                    Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                      RTF 361

                                      Introduction to Radio Operations

                                      Tools and techniques in modern digital radio operation using KTSU radio station facilities. Includes instructions for acquiring effective techniques for on-air delivery of interviews, news, sports, etc. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                      Prerequisite(s): RTF 131 - May be repeated once.

                                      Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                        RTF 362

                                        Film and Television Sound

                                        The theory and techniques of designing sound for film and television. The course covers the role of sound in effective storytelling. The topics may include location and studio recording, Foley and dialog replacement techniques as well as tracks mixing. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                        Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 255, RTF 352 or RTF 353

                                        Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                          RTF 371

                                          Studies in Film History

                                          Critical assessment of theory and technique of film communication with focus on major genres, periods, movement, and personalities in national and international film history. Three hours of lecture per week with one two-hour film screening each week as required by the topic.

                                          Prerequisite(s): RTF 130, RTF 131 and consent of the instructor

                                          Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                            RTF 380

                                            Producing

                                            The process of creating a television program or developing a film project. Student will learn the complexities of dealing with the industry through negotiation with the decision makers as sponsors, network or film industry. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                            Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 255. RTF 335

                                            Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                              RTF 381

                                              Broadcast Responsibilities

                                              Same as JOUR 331. Examination of the legal, economic, and social responsibilities and requirements that must be satisfied by print, electronic media, and cable operators in the United States. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                              Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 344

                                              Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                RTF 382

                                                Film and Video Lighting

                                                Lighting techniques for film and video using a variety of lighting instruments. Lighting aesthetics for film and video will be explored through demonstration and hands-on practice. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                                Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 255, RTF 352 or RTF 353

                                                Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                                  RTF 430

                                                  Independent Study

                                                  Independent study in the history, economics, production, and management of print and/or electronic media. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                                  Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing and consent of the instructor and academic advisor.

                                                  Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                    RTF 435

                                                    Advanced Writing for Electronic Media and Film

                                                    Advanced work in coaching students through the process of developing complete proposals from script to screen,. Includes writing concepts, treatments, scripts , and .planning and marketing strategies for various media projects. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                                    Prerequisite(s): RTF 130, RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 255 and RTF 335

                                                    Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                      RTF 438

                                                      Media and Society

                                                      Critical assessment of media on society with focus on special topics related to media in cultural contexts. May be repeated as topics vary. Three hours of lecture per week.

                                                      Prerequisite(s): RTF 130, RTF 131 and RTF 331

                                                      Number of Credit Hours: 3

                                                        RTF 452

                                                        Documentary Production

                                                        The course will cover proposal writing, research, shooting, editing and packaging of short documentaries. This is a hand-on course that requires many outside class involvement. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                                        Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 255, and RTF 268

                                                        Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                                          RTF 453

                                                          Digital Film Production II

                                                          An advanced film production course using HD camera gear. Students will shoot a number of short assignments, either fiction or documentary and edit them on Avid or Final Cut Pro. Post –production support for sound mixing with be provided. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                                          Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 135, RTF 255 and RTF 353 with a grade of B or better

                                                          Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                                            RTF 460

                                                            Advanced Voice Training

                                                            Advanced voice training for professional careers in media performance using various training techniques. KTSU personalities may coach students. Designed for students interested in careers in radio, TV, commercials, spokespersons, etc. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                                            Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 360 - May be repeated once.

                                                            Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                                              RTF 461

                                                              Radio Programming and Production

                                                              Advanced techniques in operation, programming and special productions for radio for students seeking careers in professional radio. Students will be actively integrated into daily operation of the KTSU radio station located on campus under the supervision of the instructors and mentors. Four hours of lecture per week with studio and field hours to be arranged.

                                                              Prerequisite(s): RTF 131, RTF 361 - May be repeated once.

                                                              Number of Credit Hours: 4

                                                                For detailed information about curricula and degree plans, see University Catalog