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Dr. Kenneth Elliott
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Maria Buckley
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Theater Course Requirements

Major Requirements (minimum 48 credits)

Theater Program

The mission of the theater program at Rutgers-Camden is to develop the skills, craft, and imagination of its students, as well as to provide them with a strong understanding of the history of the theater within a liberal arts context. In addition, the theater program stresses the collaborative nature of the art form by emphasizing the creative process and new play development. As a theater program operating within a larger fine arts department, we offer students a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary work. The curriculum includes courses in the areas of acting, directing, playwriting, technical theater, and dramatic literature/theater history. The program sees theater studies as a whole–an entire package with no one aspect being more important than another. The student who successfully completes the prescribed course of study will be prepared for graduate school or a variety of career options.

Literature and History (15 credits)
  • 50:965:101  Introduction to Theater (3)
  • 50:965:202  Play Reading and Analysis (3)
  • 50:965:380,381  History of Theater I, II (3,3)

Select ONE COURSE from the following:

  • 50:965:308  American Musical Theater (3)
  • 50:965:309  American Theater (3)
  • 50:965:310  Experimental Theater (3)
  • 50:965:345  Theater and Film in Europe (3)
Theater Practice (18 credits)
  • 50:965:123  Voice for the Stage (3)
  • 50:965:124  Movement for the Stage (3)
  • 50:965:271  Acting I (3)

Select THREE COURSES from the following:

  • 50:965:318   Playwriting I (3)
  • 50:965:319   Playwriting II (3)
  • 50:965:320   Directing I (3)
  • 50:965:321   Directing II (3)
  • 50:965:322   Directing for Film (3)
  • 50:965:363  Educational/Children’s Theater (3)
  • 50:965:371   Acting II (3)
  • 50:965:372   Acting for Film (3)
  • 50:965:373   Improvisational Theater (3)
  • 50:965:471   Acting III (3)
Design and Technology (6 credits)
  • 50:965:241  Stagecraft (3)

Select ONE COURSE from the following:

  • 50:965:314  Scenic Design (3)
  • 50:965:362  Costume Design (3)
  • 50:965:382  Lighting Design (3)
Performance (9 credits)

At least two credits must be either 302 or 303. All senior majors are required to take Senior Project.

  • 50:965:301  Performance (2)
  • 50:965:302  Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)
  • 50:965:304  Performance Workshop (2)
  • 50:965:359  Senior Project (BA)

Minor Requirements (minimum 20 credits)

Literature and History (6 credits)
  • 50:965:101   Introduction to Theater
  • 50:965:380, 381    History of Theater I, II (Select one of the two courses)
Theater Practice (9 credits)
  • 50:965:271 Acting I

Select two additional courses from the 300 or 400 level

Performance (2 credits)
  • 50:965:301  Performance (2)
  • 50:965:302   Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (1 or 2)
Further Study (3 credits)
  • Select one additional Theater course in consultation with your advisor

Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies (18 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • History of Film I OR II
  • Introduction to Video and Film

Plus 9 credits in film production (965), English film courses (354), international film courses (German Film in Translation, French New-Wave Cinema, etc.), and screenwriting courses (989). Students may also count up to 3 credits in film courses from other departments (cf Kids’ Media Cultures from Childhood Studies or America in the 50s from History). 

*Please note that both the English Department and the Fine Arts Department will have their own film concentrations for majors. This minor is intended for students in other majors who might be interested in film.*