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Dr. Kenneth Elliott
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Zulma Rodriguez
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Course Requirements & Learning Goals

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.

 

Theater Program Learning Goals

Students should:

  • Acquire the skills and craft necessary for a solid grounding in all areas of the theater

  • Develop a strong understanding of theater history and dramatic literature within a well-rounded liberal arts context

  • Demonstrate essential critical thinking and writing skills

  • Hone oral communication skills necessary for public presentations

  • Experience and appreciate the collaborative process

  • Acquire necessary preparation for graduate school, a future in the theater, or many other career options

 

 

Major Requirements (minimum 48 credits)

 

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

 


 

Major Requirements – Theater with Film Concentration (48 Credits)

Courses Required (27 Credits)
  • 50:354:390 Intro to Film Studies
  • 50:965:281 Introduction to Video and Film
  • 50:965:447 Video and Film Production
  • 50:965:457 Advance Video and Film Production
  • 50:965:488 Post-Production
  • 50:354:395 Screenwriting

                        or

  • 50:965:318 Playwriting
  • 50:965:320 Directing I

                        or

  • 50:965:271 Acting I
  • 50:965: 382 Lighting Design

                        or

  • 50:965:314 Scenic Design
  • 50:965:359 Senior Project

At least FIVE COURSES (15 Credits) from the following:

  • 50:354:300 History of Film I
  • 50:354:301 History of Film II
  • 50:354:20 The Art of Film
  • 50:354:350 Major Filmmakers
  • 50:354:391 to 394 Special Topics in Film
  • 50:354:396 to 399 Special Topics in Film Genres
  • 50:965:345 Theater and Film in Europe
  • 50:354:310 Literature and Film
  • 50:354:315 American Film
  • 50:354:320 World Cinema 

TWO COURSES (6 Credits) from the following:

  • 50:192:305 Internship in Digital Studies
  • 50:965:271 Acting I
  • 50:965:301 Performance
  • 50:965:314 Scenic Design
  • 50:965:320 Directing I
  • 50:965:322 Directing II
  • 50:965:323 Directing for Film
  • 50:965:371 Acting II
  • 50:965:372 Acting for Film
  • 50:965: 382 Lighting Design
  • 50:354:401 Advanced Screenwriting
  • 50:700:449 Audio Post Production
  • 50:965:471 Acting III

Contact Robert A. Emmons for more information on Filmmaking Concentration.

 


 

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). 

*This minor is intended for students in other majors who might be interested in film.*

Contact Lisa Zeidner for more information on the Interdisciplinary Minor in Film Studies.