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Appendix D
College and University Programs for the study of film, television, animation and game development
(as compiled by the Texas Film Commission and the authors)

Film and Television
School Location Degrees Offered Description
Art Institute of Dallas Dallas BFA Digital Media Production

AAS Video Production
The Video Production program is a competency-based program emphasizing the production process from inception through completion, and preparing graduates for job entry in the fields of audio and video. The Digital Media Production degree program allows students to build their creative potential as they gain familiarity with editing and compositing equipment as well as content manipulation. Students learn to utilize 3-D and Flash animation software and build technical abilities in authoring, video compression and media delivery.
Austin College Sherman BA Communication Arts (Media Studies) The media studies emphasis of the Department of Communication Arts includes study of media theory, criticism and practice. Traditional media (print, radio, television) and new media (Internet) are included in primary course work. The emphasis also offers production facilities such as a working television studio, editing system and multimedia authoring station for digital video and CD-ROM creation.
Austin Community College Austin AA Radio-Television-Film The Associate of Arts degree provides students with the first two years of a college Radio/Television/Film education.
Baylor University Waco BA Telecommunication

MA Communications Studies (Production)
The telecommunication major is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in television, radio, cable, film, digital media and allied fields. Several courses are designed for non-majors who wish to understand the role of broadcast and film media in American society. In cooperation with the Hankamer School of Business, the division offers a combined business-broadcast major.
Collin County Community College District DFW AAS Certificate of Completion in Digital Video Collin County’s Applied Graphic Design Technology department offers industry standard programs in 3-D Animation, Game Art and Animation, Digital Video, Graphic Design and Interactive Media. Creative problem-solving as well as technical skills are emphasized. Full- and part-time faculty present current practices and methods in the industry. Students have access to current software and individual computers within each class as well as generous lab time for projects.
Del Mar College Corpus Christi AA TV and Radio

AA Digital Media
Classes include Speaking for TV and Radio and Writing for Radio, Television and Film. This is a two- year program.
El Paso Community College El Paso AAS Media Production Technology
Howard Payne University Brownwood BA, BS Communication (Radio/TV) The communication major comprises 15 hours of core communication courses and a 21-hour specialization in speech, public relations, or telecommunications. The telecommunications specialization requires Radio Production, Broadcast Writing and Announcing, Television Production II, Television Practicum or Radio Practicum and six additional hours.
Lamar University Beaumont BS Communication (Film Studies) Students in the film studies program move from introductory courses in film and audio production to courses in advanced film and video production techniques, advanced audio recording, scriptwriting and digital film and video editing. Majors in the program select 18 hours from film studies courses in addition to fulfilling the department’s 30-hour core curriculum.
MediaTech Institute DFW
Certificate Digital Film and Video Arts The Digital Film and Video Arts Program is designed to teach students basic to advanced aspects of producing commercials, music videos, documentaries, television shows and feature films. Students participate in every step of the production process, including developing, writing, producing, directing and editing for single and multi-camera productions.
North Lake College Irving AAS Video Technology
Animation and Special Effects
Successful participants in the Video Technology program graduate with an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree. They gain knowledge and experience in television production, engineering, post-production, digital imaging, lighting, digital audio and a host of other industry specific areas. The two-year program is designed for persons interested in entering video production or television broadcasting. Students participate in studio and remote productions, individual and group productions and in-classroom and on-the-job training.
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio BA Communication Arts (Cinema Studies and TV Broadcasting) The Communication Arts Program offers four areas of concentration: television broadcasting, film studies, journalism and public relations, with a dual-language (Spanish-English) option in television broadcasting.
Sam Houston State University Huntsville BA Mass Communication (Broadcast Production, Media Sales and Management) The broadcast programs in the Department of Mass Communication provide a broad-based background in the skills necessary for today’s media marketplace, as well as a broader theoretical background needed to advance in the professions. The department has an active internship program and also provides opportunities for on-campus, hands-on experience. Department offerings include Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism and Public Relation emphases.
San Antonio College San Antonio AAA, AAS Radio-TV-Film The Radio, Television and Film Program at San Antonio College offers students a fun and engaging way to learn basic skills and principles every media professional needs, whether their interest is in television broadcasting as an announcer or a technician, audio production in radio, television or film or technical or creative work on a film or video production.
South Plains College Levelland AA Telecommunication (Radio-TV-Film) Prepares students for transfer to a university for completion of a baccalaureate degree in telecommunications (radio/tv/film). Students in this area receive hands-on training in the W.D. “Dub” Rogers Television Studio, using the latest video equipment and techniques related to television production. The curriculum will meet all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree.
Southern Methodist University Dallas BA, MA Cinema-TV

MFA TV-Radio
The Division of Cinema-Television offers students basic courses in audio and video production, 16mm film production, screenwriting, editing, lighting and other technical skills; these lead to more focused classes in those areas. At the same time, a series of courses in film/television history, theory and aesthetics provide an intellectual foundation that enhances creative work and contributes to a liberal arts education.
Southwestern Adventist University Keene BA, BS Radio-TV-Film The department aims to strengthen students’ personal, public, and professional communication skills while teaching them how to create and manage the elements of communication.
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches BA, BS Radio-TV

BA, BFA – Art (Cinematography)
These courses are designed to prepare the student for a professional career in the broadcasting industry. For students demonstrating exceptional talent, opportunities are available for independent creative work. Cinematography is a course of study that leads to a professional career in film. Cinematography covers the areas of pre-production, production and post-production. It covers all aspects of film/video production, including feature films, documentaries, commercials, industrial film and art films.
Texas A&M University College Station BA, BS Telecommunications Media Studies The program in Telecommunication Media Studies offers courses to help students understand the social, historical and conceptual impact of public communication based in electronic and digital communication systems. It offers an undergraduate education for careers in the fields of information and telecommunication.
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Corpus Christi BA Communication (Media Studies) The Media Studies emphasis offers historical and critical study of a variety of media contexts, such a film, video, television and print, as well as opportunities to acquire basic writing and production skills.
Texas A&M University
Commerce BA, BS Radio-TV The radio-television program prepares students for employment in production and management at broadcast stations, networks, cable TV companies, independent production houses, school media centers and corporate or industrial television operations.
Texas Christian University Ft. Worth BA Radio-TV-Film The Department of Radio-TV-Film encourages students to see the media industries from multiple perspectives and prepares them for many different careers s well as graduate education. After a set of “core” courses, students are required to take a mix of courses from three major areas: analysis/history, production and industry studies. Radio-TV-Film students will graduate with a working knowledge of media history and of the media’s changing socio-cultural role, as well as an appreciation of the complexity and creativity of film, radio and television programming. They will also acquire fundamental skills in written and oral communication and a plan of action regarding the careers they wish to pursue.
Texas Tech University Lubbock BA, MA Electronic Media and Communications Designed to prepare students for survival in the new media environment, the Electronic Media and Communication (EM&C) program blends professional courses in broadcasting, digital production and writing into a broad liberal arts education.
Tomball College Tomball AAS Visual Communication (Video and Postproduction)
Video and Postproduction
The Visual Communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future. This program provides students with skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, Web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production.
University of Houston Houston BA Communication-Media Production Students will acquire the ability to create communications using audio, video, motion picture, photography and computer graphics techniques. An appreciation and ethical concern for the professional values and effects on an audience of such techniques will accompany both practical and theoretical instruction. This concentration provides the preparation for internships and entry-level positions in a wide variety of careers that require media production knowledge and skills, and the foundation for advancement in those fields.
University of North Texas Denton BA, MA, MS, MFA Radio-TV-Film Undergraduate degree program encompasses creative skills-based training as well as theoretical knowledge covering history, criticism, management, economics and policy, all built upon a strong liberal arts foundation. This educational experience prepares students for many different career opportunities in and around the electronic media and film industries, as well as preparation for advanced study.
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington BFA, MFA Film/Video Being in an Art Department, the Film/ Video area is in a unique position to offer a fine art, narrative, animation or commercial approach to best suit the student. Students enter hands-on production classes as early as possible (freshman year), and progress through three (intro, intermediate and advanced) classes on their way to individual projects. Narrative screenwriting emphasizes the understanding of character development and conflict in writing for film and video. The program integrates with the film and video production classes to prepare students to produce and direct their own screenplays.
University of Texas at Austin Austin BA, MFA Radio-TV-Film

MFA Screenwriting
In addition to production-oriented work, students study a broad range of media issues, including critical and cultural studies, communication technology and policy analysis, international communication, gender and sexuality issues, ethnic and minority studies and more. This combination of production, screenwriting and media studies is one of the strengths of the department and a unique characteristic of the undergraduate program. Students graduate with a solid education in skills and theory, technical and historical knowledge and creative and critical abilities.
University of Texas Pan American Edinburg BA Communication
(TV/Film Track)
The UTPA Theatre-Television-Film area features four undergraduate program tracks. Students may pursue their undergraduate degrees under one of the four tracks offered – the television film track, the performance track, the design track and the teaching track. Each track features special courses and requirements pursuant to their appropriate goals.

Video Game Development and Animation
School Location Degrees Offered Description
Art Institute of Austin Austin BFA Media Arts and Animation The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program provides students with an important foundation in drawing skills, color theory, design concepts, audio/video techniques and basic computer applications. From this foundation, degree candidates develop advanced skills in various aspects of computer graphics and animation. Students explore the various tools used in computer animation, including operating systems, 3-D modeling and animation software, 2-D animation techniques and desktop video production.
Art Institute of Dallas Dallas BFA Media Arts and Animation The Art Institute of Dallas’ Arts and Animation program is designed to give graduates a firm foundation in computer graphics while preparing them for entry-level positions in the animation, media design and digital imaging fields.
Art Institute of Houston Houston BFA
Media Arts and Animation
The Art Institute of Houston’s Media Arts and Animation program is designed to give graduates a firm foundation in computer graphics while preparing them for entry-level positions in the animation, media design and digital imaging fields.
Austin Community College Austin Certificate Video Game Development

AAS 2-D and 3-D Animation

Certificate 2-D and 3-D Animation
Austin Community College certifies students in Video Game Development with a specialization in Programming, Art, Design or Production. At the end of their course training, they work in teams to create an actual video game. The program is designed and developed by leaders in the Austin video game development industry.

The 3-D Animation degree is a specialized course of study focusing on 3-D visual art production for the Film, Broadcast and Computer Game Development industries. The 2-D Animation degree focuses on various areas of traditional and computer animation, offering students a comprehensive course of study and practicum in the field. The objective of these degrees is to prepare students to produce completed animation productions and find intermediate entry into the industry.
Baylor University Waco BS Computer Science (Game Development) Baylor University offers a game development specialization within the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program. This specialization is designed to provide an understanding of the core principles of production and development of video games. Graduates of the program are awarded a fully accredited Computer Science degree, allowing them to pursue career and educational opportunities in gaming or any other area of computing.
Collin County Community College District DFW AAS, Certificate Game Art and Animation Collin’s Applied Graphic Design Technology department offers industry standard programs in 3-D Animation, Game Art and Animation, Digital Video, Graphic Design and Interactive Media. Creative problem-solving as well as technical skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Full-time and part-time faculty represent current practices and methods in the industry. Students use current software and individual computers within each class and have generous open lab time for projects.
DeVry University Austin, DFW BS Game and Simulation DeVry’s Game and Simulation Programming curriculum prepares graduates to join the private and public sector game software industry in a variety of software development roles. Applications-oriented, the program provides preparation in the math and physics of games; programming fundamentals; game design; modifications and massively multi-player online game programming; two- and three-dimensional graphics programming; and simulation and game engine design. Also included is a full complement of general education courses recommended by game industry experts as critical for well-rounded development team members.
Gemini School of Visual Arts and Communication Austin BA Visual Arts and Communication (Computer Graphics / 3-D Illustration) The Gemini School of Visual Arts and Communication provides a four-year diploma in Visual Arts and Communication, geared specifically for the student who wishes to become a professional artist. Our unique blend of instruction includes classical painting and drawing techniques, combined with the latest computer graphics technologies to prepare students for success in the commercial art world.
Houston Community College Houston AAS Programming or Art The Digital Gaming and Simulation Department offers career training that leads to employment in the game industry as either a game artist or a game programmer, and uses state-of-the-art technologies to help students reach their personal and professional goals.
Kingwood College Houston AAS, Certificate
Game Design and Simulation
The Game Design and Simulation Program at Kingwood College is designed to prepare students to launch a successful career in video game design, visual effects for film and television, game programming, and any of the new and emerging applications for 3-D utilizations.
North Lake College DFW AAS Computer Graphics This degree is designed to develop the hands-on skills and conceptual art knowledge necessary to advance in career paths related to computer graphics. The program allows students to gain skills with industry-standard equipment and software and stresses the role of motion graphics in designing and producing professional graphics for the Web, animation and video games.
Sam Houston State University Huntsville BFA Computer Animation The new BFA program in computer animation emphasizes creativity and at the same time addresses technique and technical instruction. The program creates a foundation in traditional 2D animation with a focus on solid drawing skills. Towards the end of the curriculum, animation students take courses with professional artists working in game development from studios all over the U.S.
Southern Methodist University Dallas MIT Digital Game Development The Guildhall at SMU offers a Master of Interactive Technology degree and a professional certificate with specializations in art creation, level design and software development. With a curriculum designed by experts in academia and leaders in the digital games industry, the Guildhall provides students with a solid foundation in game development and experience in working on cross-disciplinary teams on projects of increasing complexity and size.
St. Edward’s University Austin BBA, MBA Digital Media Management St. Edward’s offers Bachelors and Masters programs aimed at preparing students for the creative or business management side of film, music, online, television or interactive media.
Texas A&M University College Station MS Visualization Sciences

PhD Visualization Specialty
The Masters of Science in Visualization Sciences is designed to prepare students for a range of long-term careers in visualization. The program’s core curriculum is designed to give all students a basic grasp of the artistic, scientific, cognitive and technical foundations of the discipline.
Texas A&M University Commerce Commerce BFA New Media The BFA in New Media provides a full baccalaureate education, including required general studies courses in mathematics, natural sciences, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and visual and performing arts. A rigorous foundations program emphasizes the student’s conceptual and practical skills in art, while building his or her knowledge of art history, criticism and theory. Advanced courses in design and storyboarding complete the student’s education and provide specialized skills in animation, visualization, interactive and multimedia design.
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen AAS Gaming Simulation and Programming

AAS Digital Imaging Technology
Graduates from the Gaming Simulation and Programming program will have a strong background in systems analysis and design, software development tools and techniques, and data management. Students also will be experienced in customer service relations, effective oral and written communication skills, effective teamwork experience, and proper record-keeping techniques.

Students in the Digital Imaging Technology program manipulate sound, still images, 3-D images, animations and digital video on computers. The program provides training in desktop publishing, painting, drawing, scanning, color correction, solids modeling, animation, sound editing, non-linear video editing and Web page creation.
Texas State Technical College Waco Waco AAS Graphics, Gaming and Simulation The Graphics, Gaming and Simulation specialization of Computer Science Technology is designed to prepare students for entry into the world of graphics programming, with potential careers in education and training, aerospace and defense and gaming.
Tomball College Tomball AAS Game Design and Simulation

Certificate Game Development and Design

AAS Visual Communication (3-D Animation)

Certificate 3-D Animation
The Game Design and Development program is designed to teach the basics required for an entry- level position in the computer gaming and simulation industries. The student will acquire knowledge of the basics of the industries and markets as well as the programming and graphic skills required to create games.

The Visual Communication program trains today’s digital designers in the communication media of the future, providing the skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, Web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production.
University of Houston Houston BA AS Applied Arts and Sciences with Concentration in Digital Gaming and Simulation

BS Computer Science with Concentration in Digital Gaming and Simulation
Both Digital Gaming and Simulation concentrations allow students to examine and participate in the fast-growing digital gaming phenomenon. The BS-CS Gaming program helps students build and develop technical skills and explore the development and study of digital games. It is primarily targeted to students interested in pursuing artistic, multimedia and other non-programming careers in the game industry, but programmers may enter this option as well. Both concentrations will provide a cultural perspective on the history, philosophy, ethics and sociology of digital games and game playing.
University of North Texas Denton Certificate Game programming The certificate requires a four-course sequence and may be taken as part of a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or information technology. The courses include two classes in game programming, a class on game math and physics and a game development class that allows students to pursue specific projects on various topics.
University of Texas at Austin Austin Certificate Digital Arts and Media The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) at the University of Texas at Austin allows undergraduates to earn a certificate in one of nine different interdisciplinary content areas. The Digital Arts and Media BDP provides a unique mix of courses from Fine Arts, Radio-TV-Film, Computer Sciences, Humanities and Engineering. Foundation courses provide the conceptual scaffolding for exploring new media and developing new skills, while additional courses allow students to pursue individual interests in games and entertainment, image and film, mixed media, music and audio or other areas. Students in the Digital Arts and Media BDP must complete a required independent creative project and may complete internships or undergraduate research related to Digital Arts and Media.
University of Texas at Dallas Dallas BA, MA, MFA Arts and Technology The Art and Engineering interdisciplinary program emphasizes the interplay of visual art, music and narrative with the new media that have emerged from the convergence of computing and media technologies.
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio BFA Computer Graphic Arts (3-D Animation) The Computer Graphic Art (CART) program prepares students to pursue careers in the field of computer-generated imagery, including Web design, multimedia production, print design and publication and 3-D animation. Graduates find work as Web designers, graphic designers, multimedia specialists, 3-D animators and game creators. In addition to layout, illustration and cinematic skills, students learn professional production values and practices.
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