Theatre & Film Major

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Development of Creative Voice and Abilities

Objective 1.1: Students will develop the ability to create performing arts works that express their creativity and unique voices.

Objective 1.2: Students will acquire skills in creative inquiry, analysis and self-reflection.

Goal 2: Development of Critical and Rhetorical Skills

Objective 2.1: Students will develop the ability to craft well-organized, reasoned, critical, and thoroughly-researched written and oral work.

Goal 3: Knowledge and Analysis of Significant Works

Objective 3.1: Students will develop an awareness and analytical understanding of significant and diverse creative and theoretical works within the performing arts, and the cultural and historical contexts in which they were produced.

Goal 4: Knowledge of Professional Practices

Objective 4.1: Students will acquire the creative, technical, and analytical tools to begin professional work in the field or to pursue graduate studies.

Goal 5: Development of Social and Ethical Awareness

Objective 5.1: Students will develop an understanding of social issues, ethics and inclusivity within the performing arts.

Goal 6: Development of Collaborative and Service Skills

Objective 6.1: Students will engage, share and collaborate as creative citizens by completing performing arts projects that include campus, local, national and/or international communities.

Requirements for the Theatre & Film Major

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

As part of the GEP, all majors in Theatre & Film will select three courses total from at least two of the following  three categories:

  • ART: Art Studio Course
  • ART: Art History Course
  • COM: Communications Studies Course
  • ENG: Dramatic Literature Course
  • CSC: Computer Science Courses
  • CAS: Chair-approved CAS course in Cinema Studies presented from the perspective of an independent discipline (i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, etc.)

GEP Electives

11-13 courses, depending on how many required courses in variable core and choice of major concentration.

The Theatre & Film Major

10 courses

Each student is required to take the following four Theatre & Film/TV common courses:

Core Concentration Course: Select one of the following depending on the chosen concentration:
Introduction to Theatre
History of Broadway Musical
Introduction to the Film
MTF 263Acting I 13
MTF 284Digital Filmmaking3
MTF 496Senior Project II 23
Select one of the following tracks to complete major:
Track 1 – Theatre Concentration
MTF 261Theatre Performance Practicum3
or MTF 262 Production Practicum
MTF 264Acting II3
MTF 265Directing for the Stage3
MTF 266Theatre History3
MTF 267Theater Design3
MTF 363Styles of Acting3
Track 2 - Musical Theatre Concentration
MTF 151Music Fundamentals3
MTF 251Music Theory I3
MTF 261Theatre Performance Practicum3
MTF 264Acting II3
or MTF 363 Styles of Acting
MTF 268Musical Theater Performance3
MTF 269Musical Theatre Dance Styles3
Four semesters of private voice lessons
Track 3 - Film/TV Concentration
MTF 192History of Narrative Film & TV3
MTF 282Screenwriting I3
or MTF 283 Screenwriting for TV and Web
MTF 285Short Film Production3
MTF 381Episodic TV/Web Series Prod3
MTF 383Directing for Film/TV3
Select one of the following Film/TV electives: 3
Production Courses
Filmmaking Methods
Producing & Business of Film
Screenwriting I
Screenwriting for TV and Web
Digital Filmmaking
Short Film Production
Commerical TV/Web Series Prod
Episodic TV/Web Series Prod
Screenwriting II
Directing for Film/TV
Advanced Lghtg, Camera, Design
MTF 385Sound Design3
Edit & Digital Post-Production
Music Video Production
Documentary Workshop
Animation Workshop
Prof. Film Production Workshop
Studies Courses
American Film (rotating)
European Cinemas (rotating)
Asian & Pacific Cinemas (rotating)
Global Cinemas (rotating)
Major Figures (rotating)
Film Theory & Criticism
Special Topics in Film (rotating)