Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

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Major 

The Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production offers a B.A. in Theatre, Film and Digital Production. The major focuses on three broad areas of theatre and film: literature, history, and criticism; performance, design, direction, and technology; and the elements of production. Students have the opportunity to write, perform, direct, and design. Four stages are available for rehearsals and performances: the 500-seat proscenium University Theatre, the 125-seat Studio Theatre in the Arts building with state-of-the-moment equipment for facilities, and the 125-seat Rehearsal Lab 

Students are able to practice acting in faculty-directed shows, student productions, and class presentations. Special projects and studies are offered for advanced students to produce an original work or to study in more depth acting, directing, design, or playwriting.  

As part of the Theatre, Film, and Digital Production Department’s ongoing goal to provide a comprehensive and world-class program in the performing arts, a Film Making Track is offered for students who are primarily interested in pursuing the goal of becoming filmmakers. In addition to taking classes in filmmaking, screenwriting, acting, and technology, students will also take classes in literature and theory as requirements rather than having to fit them in as often unavailable electives. 

Major Requirements 

The major requirements for the B.A. degree in Theatre, Film, and Digital Production are as follows: 

Lower-division requirements (9 units) 

  1. TFDP 099
  2. TFDP 020
  3. Either TFDP 010, TFDP 021, TFDP 022,TFDP 050, TFDP 066, or TFDP 067
Track 1: Literature, History, Criticism, and Dramaturgy 

Upper-division requirements (40/44 units) 

A.) Literature, History, Criticism requirement(20 units)

  • Literature, History, and Criticismemphasis (12 units): TFDP 100, TFDP120A, TFDP 120B 
    •  Eight (8) additional units from TFDP 121, TFDP 122, TFDP 123, TFDP 124A, TFDP 124B, TFDP 125 (E-Z), TFDP 127, TFDP 191 (E-Z) 
  • Dramaturgy emphasis (12 units):TFDP 100, TFDP 120A, TFDP 120B
    • Eight (8) additional units from TFDP 121, TFDP 122, TFDP 123, TFDP 124A, TFDP 124B, TFDP 125 (E-Z), TFDP 127, TFDP 191 (E-Z) 

B.) Twelve (12) units from TFDP 101, TFDP 102, TFDP 109, TFDP 110A, TFDP 115, TFDP 126A, TFDP 126B, TFDP 150A, TFDP 150B, TFDP 165A, TFDP 166A, TFDP 166B, TFDP 166C, TFDP 167, TFDP 169 

C.) Production requirement (8/12 units)

  • Literature, History, and Criticismemphasis: Eight (8) units from TFDP170, TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP 173, TFDP 174, or TFDP 175 
  • Dramaturgy emphasis: TFDP 174 (4units) and eight (8) units from TFDP 170,TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP 173, or TFDP 175 
Track 2: Writing for the Performing Arts 

Upper-division requirements (44 units)

A.) Literature, History, and Criticism (12 units) 

  • TFDP 120A, TFDP 120B (8 units)
  • Four (4) units from TFDP 122, TFDP123, TFDP 124A, TFDP 124B, TFDP125 (E-Z), TFDP 127, TFDP 191(E-Z) 

B.) Writing for the Performing Arts (24 units)

  • TFDP 120A, TFDP 120B (8 units)
  • Four (4) units from TFDP 122, TFDP123, TFDP 124A, TFDP 124B, TFDP125 (E-Z), TFDP 127, TFDP 191(E-Z) 

 C.) Four (4) additional units from TFDP 110A, TFDP 110B, TFDP 114, TFDP 115, TFDP 150A, TFDP 150B, TFDP 163, TFDP 167, TFDP 168, TFDP 198-I 

D.) Production requirement: Four (4) units from TFDP 170, TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP 173, TFDP 174, or TFDP 175 

Track 3: Film Making 

Upper-division requirements (40 units) 

A.) Film Making (16) units from TFDP 154, TFDP 155, TFDP 156A, TFDP 156B, or TFDP 157 

B.) Screenwriting (8) units from TFDP 166Aand TFDP 166B

C.) Four (4) units from TFDP 101, TFDP 102,TFDP 109, TFDP 115, TFDP 150A, TFDP150B, TFDP 163, TFDP 165A, TFDP 165B, TFDP 166C, TFDP 167, TFDP 168, TFDP 198-I 

D.) Production requirement (12) units fromTFDP 170, TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP173, TFDP 174, or TFDP 175 

Track 4: Acting and Directing 

Upper-division requirements (52 units) 

A.) Acting/Directing (20 units) 

  • Acting emphasis: TFDP 109, TFDP110A, TFDP 110B (12 units)
    • Eight (8) additional units from TFDP 111A, TFDP 111B, TFDP 111C, TFDP 112 (E-Z), TFDP 113 (E-Z), TFDP 138 
  • Directing emphasis: TFDP 109, TFDP150A, TFDP 150B (12 units)
    • Eight (8) additional units from TFDP 111A, TFDP 111B, TFDP 111C, TFDP 112 (E-Z), TFDP 113 (E-Z), TFDP 138 

B.)  Literature History and Criticism (16 units)

  • TFDP 100, TFDP 120A, TFDP 120B(12 units)
  • Four (4) units from TFDP 121, TFDP122, TFDP 123, TFDP 124A, TFDP124B, TFDP 125(E-Z), TFDP 115, TFDP 191 (E-Z) 

C.) Electives (4) units from TFDP 066, TFDP102, TFDP 110A, TFDP 110B, TFDP 111A,TFDP 111B, TFDP 111C, TFDP 136, TFDP 150A, TFDP 150B, TFDP 161, TFDP 163, TFDP 167, TFDP 168, TFDP 198-I 

D.) Production requirement (12) units fromTFDP 170, TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP173, TFDP 174, or TFDP 175 

Track 5: Production and Design 

Upper-division requirements (44 units) 

A.) Production and Design (16 units) 

  • TFDP 101 (4 units)
  • Twelve (12) units from TFDP 131,TFDP 132, TFDP 133, TFDP 135, TFDP136, TFDP 142, TFDP 143, TFDP 144, TFDP 145, TFDP 149, TFDP 180 (E-Z) 

B.) Literature, History, and Criticism (12 units) 

  • TFDP 100 (4 units)
  • Eight (8) units from TFDP 120A, TFDP120B, TFDP 121, TFDP 122, TFDP124A, TFDP 124B, TFDP 125 (E-Z), TFDP 191 (E-Z) 

C.) Four (4 units) from TFDP 109, TFDP 115, TFDP 150A, TFDP 150B, TFDP 163, TFDP 165A, TFDP 165B, TFDP 167, TFDP 168, TFDP 198-I 

D.) Production requirement (12) units from TFDP 170, TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP 173, TFDP 174, or TFDP 175 

Minor 

The minor in Theatre, Film, and Digital Production follows the structure of the major requirements by exposing students to each of the areas that are essential to the creation of theatre, with the opportunity to take an additional course for depth or more exposure. The inclusion of production courses TFDP 170, TFDP 171, TFDP 172, TFDP 173, TFDP 174, and TFDP 175 gives the students the opportunity to put course work into the proper context and provides them with a practical understanding of the workings and problems of production. The minor in Theatre, Film, and Digital Production provides students with a basic understanding in major areas of study including theatre literature, performance, and design. It also introduces the nonmajor to the discipline, providing breadth for those students majoring in unrelated disciplines. 

Requirements for the minor (20 units) 
  • TFDP 100, TFDP 101, TFDP 109
  • Four (4) units from TFDP 170, TFDP 171,TFDP 172, TFDP 173, TFDP 174 orTFDP 175 
  • One 4-unit upper-division course selected from the department’s Literature, History, Criticism area or the Performance, Direction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Design, and Theatre Technology area.