Oscar-winning actor and producer, Matthew McConaughey will be teaching classes this fall at the University of Texas at Austin.
McConaughey is from Austin, TX and earned a film degree at UT Austin in 1993.
He has been a visiting instructor in the university’s department of radio, television, and film at the Moody College of Communication since 2015 and has accepted a professor of practice position within the college. He had previously taught a Script to Screen film production class with associate professor Scott Rice.
This fall, he will teach 40 students focusing on two movies he starred in- The Gentlemen (2020) due next year, and Mud (2012). Jeff Nichols, the director of “Mud,” is scheduled to visit the class.
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school,” McConaughey said in a statement. “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.”
In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF. pic.twitter.com/9goKkc6U0A
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) August 28, 2019
According to department chair, Dr. Noah Isenberg, McConaughey joining the university is a “mutually beneficial relationship and recognizes the contribution he has made to the university… This formalizes our relationship. His passion for film is boundless.”
McConaughey is not the first celebrity to teach at the collegiate level. Others including Spike Lee and Oprah Winfrey have also taught courses through the years. Lee taught at Harvard University and NYU, Winfrey taught at Northwestern University.