Radio, Television, and Film

About the Department

The Department of Radio, Television, and Film is an interdisciplinary, student-oriented department with a vision for teaching audio and visual media production, telecommunications management and cultural studies from a global perspective. Our pedagogy integrates academic and creative approaches to scholarship. This integration allows us to use both classroom and community as venues of teaching. Our aim is to empower and equip students with the skills and tools necessary to become agents of social, political, economic, and cultural change.


    • To provide a scholarly, humanistic and professional education that prepares students to become socially and culturally sensitive, highly skilled communicators.
    • To create and disseminate knowledge in the form of traditional academic scholarship and scholarly creativity, including visual and audio media productions.
    • To produce innovative, socially conscious media producers, critics, researchers, entrepreneurs, scholars, managers and policy-makers.
    • To promote and enhance the well-being of youth, African-Americans and people of color through service learning and research.

Chair's Message

Greetings and welcome to the Web pages of the Department of Radio, Television and Film! Our Department prepares students for exciting careers in the electronic and cinematic industries. At the undergraduate level, students can earn a B.A. through concentrations in  Audio Production, Television Production, Film Production and Telecommunications Management. Graduate students can earn a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Film degree. All of our programs are designed to produce creative, humanistic and culturally sensitive communicators.

A diverse, international faculty of productive scholars and experienced media professionals provide the instruction necessary to help students become media researchers, critics, engineers, editors, screenwriters, producers, directors, managers and entrepreneurs. Also, students interact with world-renowned industry professionals, who lecture, serve as mentors or conduct intensive, hands-on workshops.

Department of Radio, Television and Film students are actively involved in campus media outlets; including the professionally-run commercial stations, WHUR-FM and WHUR-WORLD, the PBS-affiliate station WHUT-TV, the student-run WHBC-AM, and the department’s internet-only talk radio station, In addition, RTVF majors serve as interns for broadcast, cable, satellite, internet and multi-media companies or government regulatory agencies based in the media-rich Washington, DC metropolitan area as well as throughout the United States.

Our students and faculty members have won Emmys, Peabodys, ABC Talent Development and Princess Grace Awards, and they have received top honors from national and international film festival awards – including the American Black Filmmakers Festival and the prestigious Venice International Film Festival. They have been Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Disney-ABC Directing Fellows as well as Fulbright Scholars.

RTVF faculty and students have made significant contributions to national academic and professional organizations as varied as the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), University Film and Video Association (UFVA), American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), National Association of Television Programming Executives (NAPTE), the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the American Film Institute (AFI).

The RTVF faculty designed  the Paul Robeson Award to promote and celebrate the artistic expression of those students whose work reflects Paul Robeson’s social consciousness, political courage, and his commitment to human rights and social justice throughout the world. Each year a distinguished artist in the field of film, television, or audio production, whose body of creative work and life example is in the tradition of Paul Robeson.

From New York to Los Angeles, Africa to Europe, the Middle East to Asia and everywhere in between, Department of Radio, Television and Film alumni are industry movers and shakers!

But don’t take my word for it. Please visit our website for specific details, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Bishetta Merritt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Radio, Television and Film