Add the University of Texas at Austin Professor to actor Matthew McConaughey’s resume—which includes an Oscar for both acting and producing. McConaughey has visited the campus before to help teach a class called “Script to Screen” in the university’s department of radio, television, and film in the Moody College of Communication. He taught the class with Scott Rice, an associate professor at the university. In his new role, McConaughey will continue “a mutually beneficial relationship.” Noah Isenberg, the chairman of the department, “recognizes the contribution has made to the university. This formalizes our relationship. His passion for film is boundless.”
McConaughey earned a film degree from the university in Austin, where he has a home, in 1993. As for content of the class, about 40 students will have the opportunity to study two of McConaughey’s movies. The first is an upcoming film due out next year titled “The Gentlemen.” The other is the 2012 drama “Mud.” The director of “Mud,” Jeff Nichols, will also make an appearance during the semester to help teach about the film.
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school,” explains McConaughey, who also stated that “working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them. Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and an art—no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”
“We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty,” said Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. “Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators.”