Fine Arts Building

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Theatre and Film Studies offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Theatre and the other in Film Studies. Both undergraduate programs are liberal arts degrees providing an exposure to several fields of knowledge in the physical, biological and social sciences, the humanities and the arts while also allowing a concentration in theatre or film studies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Admission to Undergraduate Major

In order to be admitted to the B.A. program, the student must meet the entrance requirements of the University. Usually one is first admitted in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student may declare a major in Theatre at any time. General degree requirements for the B.A. degrees are stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin. All students should acquaint themselves with these general matters. During the freshman and sophomore years, the student will work with a professional advisor in the office of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. That advisor is available to answer questions and solve problems for the student; the student may also contact the department’s student services administrator, Dina Canup, with questions about the major. Once the student has earned 60 total credit hours, he or she should contact Ms. Canup in order to be assigned an advisor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Thereafter, most of a student’s coursework will be in the field of theatre.

General Outline of B.A. Degree Requirements in Theatre

All undergraduate theatre majors at the University of Georgia must complete a core of theatre courses designed to introduce the various facets of the field of theatre. They include courses in acting, design, play analysis and theatre history. In addition two courses at one semester hour each are "Applied Drama" courses (THEA 2040 and 2050) involving the student in the actual work of theatre in such areas as costuming, stagecraft, and box office and promotion. In planning their schedules, students should note that Acting I (THEA 3500) is a prerequisite for most upper division acting courses (which are major electives), and Design Foundatations (THEA 3300) is a prerequisite for most upper division design courses (also electives); Theatre History I (THEA 4200) is typically offered only in the Fall semester, and Theatre History II (THEA 4210) in the Spring; and the Senior Seminar (THEA 5053) must be taken in the Fall semester of the senior year.

Theatre Courses Required for the B.A. Degree in Theatre

Number Title Hours
THEA 2040, 2050 Applied Drama 2
THEA 3300 Foundations of Performance Design 3
THEA 3500 Acting I: Foundations of Acting 3
THEA 3290 Play Analysis 3
THEA 4210 Theatre and Modernity 3
THEA 4220 Theatre and Society 3
THEA 4230 Theatre and Ritual 3
THEA 5053 Senior Seminar 1
Any five three-hour THEA courses numbered 3000-level or above 18
Total Hours in Theatre 36

Notes about the B.A. Degree in Theatre

  1. No course will count toward the major unless it is earned with a grade of "C" or better. Note that a grade of "C-"" does not satisfy this requirement.
  2. A minimum of 30 hours in theatre must be earned at the University of Georgia.
  3. Non-equivalent transfer courses may not satisfy the requirements for the major; all transfer theatre courses must be evaluated by the department if equivalent credit is to be offered.
  4. Franklin College requires in core Area IV study of a foreign language through the third semester or its equivalent.
  5. Theatre majors who have declared the theatre major before spring 2013 take 18 hours of upper level THEA electives (six courses). They are required to take THEA 4210 and one of the following: THEA 4200 (no longer offered), THEA 4220, or THEA 4230.
  6. While no auditions are necessary for entrance into the Theatre major, upper-level performance electives are open only to students who have passed juried auditions, and who also have taken THEA 3500, Fundamentals of Acting, THEA 5010, Scene Study, at least one other course required for the major. (One additional acting class, THEA 3510, Voice and Movement, is open to majors who have not passed the juries.)
  7. The Department offers three courses that may be applied to the general requirements for the B.A. degree. THEA 2000 (Appreciation of Theatre), FILM 2120 (Introduction to Cinema) and FILM 2130 (American Ethnic Cinema) may all satisfy the requirement for a fine arts course. In addition FILM 2130 and THEA 4480 (African American Drama) may be applied to the College’s multicultural requirement. Except for THEA 4480, these courses may not be applied to the theatre major. THEA 2000 in particular is not recommended for majors. THEA 3500 is for Theatre majors only.

The Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies

Admission to Undergraduate Major

In order to be admitted to the B.A. program, the student must meet the entrance requirements of the University. Usually one is first admitted in the College of Arts and Sciences. The student may declare a major in Intended Film Studies during their first or second year. General degree requirements for the B.A. degrees are stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin. During the freshman and sophomore years, the student will work with a professional advisor in the office of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. That advisor is available to answer questions and solve problems for the student; the student may also contact the department’s student services administrator, Dina Canup, with questions about the major. Once the student has earned 60 total credit hours and has a minimum 2.8 GPA, he or she is eligible to apply to for the Film Studies major; declaration of major forms are available in the main office and will require the signature of Dr. Richard Neupert, head of Film Studies, who will assign advisors to Film Studies majors.

Description of Film Studies Major

The major in Film Studies concentrates on the history and theory of film as an art form. It provides exploration of the medium through courses in several fields, including not only film studies but also comparative literature, English, Romance languages, and Germanic and Slavic languages. Film is among the newest of the arts and its development reflects the changes in the modern and contemporary world. While the focus of the program is on history and theory of film, courses are also included that deal with acting, directing and writing for camera. An up-to-date statement of requirements is accessible on the web. All students should acquaint themselves with these general matters.

Courses in Film Studies

Major Requirements. All majors must take the following three courses (nine hours total):

Number Title
FILM 4250 History of Cinema I (prerequisite FILM 2120)
FILM 4260 History of Cinema II (prerequisite. FILM 2120)
FILM 5900 Film Theory (prerequisite. FILM 4250 or 4260)

Major Electives. Select any six of the following courses (18 hours total):

Number Title
THEA 3020 Basic Dramatic Writing
THEA 4000 Dramatic Writing I (prereq. THEA 3020)
FILM 4490 African American Women in Cinema (Permission of Department)
FILM 4600 Women and Film (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4650 French Film History (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4660 History of Animation (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4670 Film, Technology, and Style (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 5481 Special Topics in Cinema (prereq. FILM 2120)
THEA 5620 Dramatic Writing II (prereq. THEA4000)
FILM 5640 Directing for Cinema (permission of department
THEA 5810 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media I
THEA 5820 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media II
THEA 5830 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media III
CMLT 4210 Literature and Cinema
CMLT 4220 East Asian Cinema
CMLT 4230 African Cinema (prereq. ENGL 1030, 1101, or 1102)
ITAL 4040 Italian Cinema, Culture, and Literature
HIST 4750 History and Film
GRMN 3300 Introduction to German Cinema [in English]
GRMN 3820 German Film (prereq. GRMN 3001 or 3010 or 3070)
SPAN 4081 Spanish Film (prereq. SPAN 3030)
SPAN 4082 Latin American Film (prereq. SPAN 3030)
RUSS 3300 Introduction to Russian Cinema

Notes about the B.A. Degree in Film Studies

  1. No course will count toward the major unless it is earned with a grade of "C" or better. Note that a grade of "C-"" does not satisfy this requirement.
  2. Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting 21 hours of elective courses.
  3. Students must be junior status to declare the Film Studies Major and have a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  4. Film Studies Majors must complete the fourth semester of a foreign language (see AREA VI requirements in the Undergraduate Bulletin). FILM 2120 and 2130 should be taken in Area IV.
  5. Film Studies Majors are encouraged to pursue a Minor in a foreign language, English, Comparative Literature, History, Art History, or Mass Communication, or a certificate in New Media Studies.

Minor in Theatre

The Theatre minor requires a total of 15 credit hours. Film Studies majors may not pursue this minor.

Required course (three hours total): THEA 2010, Introduction to Acting

Select two of the following courses (six hours total):

Number Title
THEA 4210 Theatre and Modernity
THEA 4220 Theatre and Society
THEA 4230 Theatre and Ritual
THEA 3020 Basic Dramatic Writing
THEA 3290 Script Analysis
THEA 3300 Introduction to Design
THEA 4400 Asian Theatre and Drama
THEA 4480 History of African-American Drama and Theatre

General Electives. Six hours from any theatre course about 3000. (Note: Courses in acting above 3000 are open only to majors.)

THEA 2010 cannot be substituted for THEA 3500 if you declare Theatre as a major. THEA 3500 is for Theatre majors only and cannot be used for general elective.

No course will count toward a minor unless it is earned with a grade of “C” or better. (A grade of C- does not satisfy this requirement.)

Transfer classes do not count toward the theatre minor.

Minor in Film Studies

Theatre Majors may not pursue this Minor.

Select five courses from the following list (15 hours total, no more than 6 of which, or 2 courses, may be from the 2000-level):

Number Title
FILM 2120 Introduction to Cinema*
FILM 2130 American Ethnic Cinema*
THEA 3020 Basic Dramatic Writing
FILM 4250 History of Cinema I (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4260 History of Cinema II (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4600 Women and Film (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4650 French Film History (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4660 History of Animation (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 4670 Film, Technology, and Style (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 5481 Special Topics in Cinema (prereq. FILM 2120)
FILM 5640 Directing for Cinema (permission of department
FILM 5900 Film Theory (prereq. FILM 4250 or FILM 4260)
THEA 4000 Dramatic Writing I (prereq. THEA 3020)
THEA 5810 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media I
THEA 5820 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media II
THEA 5830 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media III

* "Introduction to Cinema" and "American Ethnic Cinema" cannot count toward the Minor IF they are also used to satisfy the student’s "Degree Core Requirement" as their Fine Arts course (Area IV). BUT FILM 2130 may be used to satisfy the multicultural requirement and count toward the Film Minor.

Double Major

Undergraduates, with careful planning, may carry a double major in the B.A. program by judicious arrangement of electives and required general education courses. Students interested in a double major should consult their faculty advisor.

Students may double major in Theatre and Film studies, and are allowed to count up to, but no more than, 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses) toward both majors. Students interested in such a double major should also note that the area VI requirements differ slightly between the majors, and they are responsible for satisfying both sets of requirements.

The Honors Program

The University maintains a special Honors Program for superior students. The Department of Theatre and Film Studies participates in the Honors Program. The Department regularly offers honors sections of the Appreciation of Theatre (THEA 2100H) and from time to time the Introduction to Cinema, American Ethnic Cinema, and Play Analysis (FILM 2121H, 2131H and THEA 3291H respectively) "Honors options" are available for several of regular courses. Honors options allow honors students to earn special credit with extra research or projects in these courses. Honors credit is also available for special projects, research, and Honors Thesis.

More information on the Honors Program is available at its offices in the Academic Building. Generally, one can expect that the Director of the University Honors Program will notify eligible students that they may join the Honors Program if they wish.