Student Filming

Current Moody College of Communication students are permitted to film for a class project or academic credit, provided they comply with the below procedures and requirements. Students may also be granted permission to film on behalf of Registered Student Organizations if the footage will be posted solely to the RSO's UT-hosted website or social media pages.

Students wishing to film for other purposes should review Filming Guidelines for Non-News Filming and/or contact Lisa Lehman.

Filming for a Class Project

Moody College of Communication students attending The University of Texas at Austin may film on university property for a class project assigned by a faculty member for a grade. Filming must not be disruptive, violate any other university rules, inconvenience members of the university community or create a safety hazard. Students must secure all required releases from the on-camera individuals. The university will accommodate filming for approved academic class projects when possible. Filming for academic credit requires a student to partner with the professor or departmental representative who is assigning the filming project.

Locations: Students are responsible for obtaining permission from the appropriate department(s) in areas of campus where they wish to film. If questions or issues arise, students are encouraged to seek the assistance of the faculty member(s) who assigned the project. 

  • Residence Halls: The Division of Housing and Food Service will make reasonable efforts to assist University of Texas at Austin students with their film project by making residence hall space available for the film project. 
  • Tower or Main Building: Filming requests for the Main Building will require a special approval process that begins with Student Activities in the Office of the Dean of Students. Please contact Student Activities at 512-471-3065 for more information.
  • Special Use Facilities: To film in special use facilities such as the Texas Union, Performing Arts Center, Frank Erwin Center, AT&T Executive Conference Center, etc., students must contact the office responsible for each of those facilities.
  • Outdoor Areas: Outdoor space requests must submitted to Student Activities. Space requests may be denied for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to privacy concerns, incomplete information from requestor(s), lack of staffing to supervise the project, safety concerns, logistical challenges, restricted access areas, or other issues. 

If the film production requires university services, it is necessary for the student to pay for those services. Examples of services that could be required for a film project include but are not limited to, overtime pay for a university staff member providing access for an after-hours project or any facilities services.

Filming for Registered Student Organizations

Registered Student Organizations wishing to film their events are permitted to do so, as long as the footage will be posted solely to their RSO website or social media pages.  The filmed material may not be used for any other purpose.

A registered student organization wanting to film on university property must contact the school, college, or department that controls the indoor space that the Registered Student Organization wishes to use. Outdoor space requests must be submitted to Student Activities. Space requests may be denied for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to privacy concerns, incomplete information from requestor(s), lack of staffing to supervise the project, safety concerns, logistical challenges, restricted access areas, or other issues.