AUSTIN, Texas — Austin legend Matthew McConaughey has been officially appointed as a professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • McConaughey has been visiting professor since 2015
  • He now officially joins the faculty
  • Teaches Script to Screen course

McConaughey joins the faculty in the university’s department of radio-television-film after teaching as a visiting professor since 2015.

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McConaughey developed the curriculum for the school’s Script to Screen course. The course provides a behind-the-scenes look at each step in the filmmaking process. This semester, students will study director Guy Ritchie’s film The Gentlemen which was released earlier this year, and Jeff Nichols’s 2012 film Mud. Nichols is scheduled to visit the class this semester.

“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” McConaughey said. “Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and 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.”

McConaughey received his degree in film from UT Austin in 1993. He has gone on to become an Academy Award-winning actor with experience in more than 50 films.