Academic standards in the Department of Radio-TV-Film (RTVF) are high. They include (but are not limited to) minimum GPAs, for students pursuing the RTVF major. Interested students should contact the Department of Radio-TV-Film for current standards and procedures.

The department encourages students to see the media industries from multiple perspectives and prepares students for many different careers. After a set of three basic courses, students are required to take a mix of courses from three areas: production, industry and analysis.

The Department of Radio-TV-Film holds institutional memberships in the Broadcast Education Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, Texas Association of Broadcasters, Texas Association of Broadcast Educators, the International Communication Association, the International Television Association, and the University Film and Video Association.

RTVF facilities and resources include KTCU, the student-operated campus radio station; two digital soundstages; a New Media lab; post-production facilities, including Avid and Final Cut Pro; a Pro Tools suite with Foley stage; and the Gwendolyn P. Tandy Memorial Film Library, a teaching resource with a current total of more than 14,000 films and television programs on DVD, laser disc and VHS.

Honors Program

RTVF majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the University Honors Program and should enroll in RTVF 30003 during their junior year and RTVF 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students admitted to TCU are not guaranteed admission to the RTVF major. All potential RTVF majors, including transfer students, must complete the three RTVF basic courses (RTVF 10113, 10123 and 10143) and then follow the procedures to compete in the major. Transfer students must submit a written request if they wish the department to consider accepting any substitutes for RTVF 10113, 10123 or 10143. Each request will be considered on an individual basis.


The Department of Radio-TV-Film has an active supervised internship program that places students in television studios, film production companies, audience research companies and corporate/industrial media centers. Interns may be placed in major media markets such as Los Angeles, New York, London, in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex or in their hometowns. RTVF internships are available only to RTVF majors, and there are specific prerequisites. Interested students should contact the RTVF department for current standards and procedures.

Study Abroad

Contact the RTVF department for current details and schedules for study abroad opportunities.

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