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 four Theatre & Film/TV common courses:

Core Concentration Course: Introduction to the Field (Students will take either MTF 161 Introduction to Theatre, MTF 162 History of the Broadway Musical, or MTF 191 Introduction to Film depending on the chosen concentration.)

MTF 263    Acting I*
MTF 284    Digital Filmmaking
MTF 496    Senior Project**

*MTF 263 Acting I may be replaced by MTF 265 Directing for the Stage or MTF 267 Theatre Design Design for Film/TV Track.
**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 Concentration (6 courses)

MTF 261    Theatre Performance Practicum OR MTF 262 Theatre Production Practicum
MTF 264    Acting II
MTF 265    Directing for the Stage
MTF 266    Theatre History
MTF 267    Theatre Design
MTF 363    Styles of Acting

Track 2 – Musical Theatre Concentration (6 courses plus 4 semesters of private voice lessons)

MTF 151    Music Fundamentals
MTF 251    Music Theory I
MTF 261    Theatre Performance Practicum
MTF 264    Acting II OR MTF 363 Styles of Acting
MTF 268    Musical Theatre Performance
MTF 269    Musical Theatre Dance Styles

Track 3 – Film/TV Concentration (6 courses)

MTF 192    History of Narrative Film & Television
MTF 282    Screenwriting I OR MTF 283 Screenwriting for TV/Web Series
MTF 285    Short Film Production
MTF 381    Episodic TV/Web Series Production
MTF 383    Directing for Film/TV

Film/TV Elective
One course from 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.

Please select from the following Film/TV Concentration Courses:

Production Courses
MTF 181    Filmmaking Methods
MTF 281    Producing & Business of Film
MTF 282    Screenwriting I – The Short
MTF 283    Screenwriting for TV/Web Series
MTF 284    Digital Filmmaking    
MTF 285    Short Film Production
MTF 287    Commercial TV/Web Series Production
MTF 381    Episodic TV/Web Series Production
MTF 382    Screenwriting II – The Feature
MTF 383    Directing for Film/TV
MTF 384    Advanced Lighting, Camera & Design
MTF 385    Sound Design
MTF 386    Editing & Digital Post Production
MTF 387    Music Video Production
MTF 388    Documentary Workshop
MTF 389    Animation Workshop
MTF 393    Professional Film/TV Production Workshop

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 three courses each from at least two of the following categories:

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

The Film/TV Minor (6 courses total)
Students wishing to minor in Film/TV may do so by fulfilling the following requirements:

Required Courses:

MTF 191    Introduction to Film
MTF 192    History of Narrative Film & Television
MTF 282    Screenwriting I – The Short OR MTF 283 Screenwriting for TV/Web Series
MTF 284    Digital Filmmaking
MTF 285    Short Film Production
MTF 381    Episodic TV/Web Series Production OR MTF 287 Commercial/TV Web Series Production

The Theatre 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 MTF theatre courses of the student’s choosing.