College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music, Theatre & Film

Requirements for the Theatre & Film Major

GEP Signature Courses (see Curricula); 6 courses

GEP Variable Core Courses (see Curricula); 8-10 courses

GEP Integrative Learning Courses (see below); 3 courses

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 five Theatre & Film common courses:

MTF 161    Introduction to Theatre
MTF 263    Acting I*
MTF 191    Introduction to Film
MTF 284    Digital Filmmaking
MTF 495    Senior Project*
*MTF 263 Acting I may be replaced by MTF 265 Directing for the Stage or MTF 267 Theatre Design.

See course description below for explanation of the department’s capstone experience.

Students then select a Track in which to complete the major.

Track 1 – Theatre Track (5 courses)

MTF 267    Theater Design
MTF 264    Acting II
MTF 266    Theatre History
MTF 261    Theatre Performance Practicum
or
MTF 262    Production Practicum
MTF 265    Directing for the Stage OR MTF 268 Musical Theatre History & Performance

Track 2 – Musical Theatre Track (5 courses)

MTF 151    Musical Fundamentals
MTF 251    Music Theory I
MTF 264    Acting II
MTF 268    Musical Theatre History & Performance
MTF 269    Musical Theatre Dance Styles

Track 3 – Film Track (5 courses)

MTF 192             History of Narrative Film
MTF 282             Screenwriting I – The Short
MTF 285             Short Film Production
MTF 383             Film Directing
MTF 384             Lighting, Camera and Design
ONE Elective       Production Workshop courses (see list below)
ONE Elective       Cinema Studies courses (see list below)
*note: If a student will be writing a Thesis for their Senior Project, s/he is required to take MTF 391- Film Theory and Criticism; if s/he will be writing a feature screenplay, s/he is required to take MTF 382 – Screenwriting II – The Feature.

Film Concentration Courses:

Advanced Production Workshops

MTF 281    Creative Producing
MTF 381    Producing II
MTF 382    Screenwriting II – The Feature
MTF 383    Film Directing
MTF 384    Lighting, Camera and Design
MTF 385    Sound Design
MTF 386    Editing & Digital Post Production
MTF 387    Studio & Post-Production Audio
MTF 388    Documentary Workshop
MTF 389    Animation Workshop
MTF 393    Professional Film Production Workshop

Cinema Studies Courses

MTF 292    European Cinemas (rotating)
MTF 293    Asian & Pacific Cinemas (rotating)
MTF 294    Global Cinemas (rotating)
MTF 291    American Film: Genres, Histories and Issues (rotating)
MTF 295    Major Figures in Film (rotating)
MTF 391    Film Theory and Criticism
MTF 392    Special Topics in Film (rotating)

The Integrated Learning Component for the Theatre & Film major (3 courses)

As part of the GEP, all majors in Theatre & Film will select one course each from three of the following categories:

ART    One Art Studio Course
ART    One Art History Course
COM    One Communications Studies Course
ENG    One Dramatic Literature Course
ENG    One Playwriting or Dramaturgy Course
CAS    One chair-approved CAS course in Cinema Studies presented from the perspective of an independent discipline (i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Political Sciences, etc.)

The Film Studies Minor (6 courses total)

Students wishing to minor in Film Studies may do so by fulfilling the following requirements:

Required courses:

MTF 191    Introduction to Film
MTF 282    Screenwriting I – The Short
MTF 284    Digital Filmmaking

Elective courses:

Three other film courses of the students choosing

The Theatre Studies Minor (6 courses total)

Students wishing to minor in Theatre Studies may do so by fulfilling the following requirements:

Required Courses

MTF 161    Introduction to Theatre
MTF 263    Acting I
MTF 265    Directing for the Stage

Electives Courses

Three other theatre courses of the student’s choosing