THEATER COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Learning Goals

Theater and film are creative and collaborative arts in which true excellence is achieved through hands-on experience. Our students can explore their craft by choosing concentrations in ACTING, MUSICAL THEATER, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, or FILMMAKING, all within a dynamic liberal arts curriculum that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Self-designed majors in other areas of theater such as directing or playwriting can be created in consultation with faculty. As part of a strong, interdisciplinary Department of Fine Arts, our students also benefit from exposure to visual art, music, and new digital media perspectives.

Each year, the Rutgers University–Camden Theater Program presents a full season of plays and musicals that creates learning opportunities in every area of production from design work and stage management to acting and directing. Ground-breaking, fully supported productions range from Shakespearian tragedies to modern classics and musicals. Student-generated work is highly encouraged and showcased annually in the Student-Directed One Act Play Festival.

 

 

 

 

CORE CURRICULUM FOR ACTING, MUSICAL THEATER, AND DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATIONS (25 credits)

* The Filmmaking track curriculum is listed separately

  • 50:965:123      Voice for the Stage (3)
  • 50:965:124      Movement for the Stage (3)
  • 50:965:202      Play Reading and Analysis (3)
  • 50:965:241      Stagecraft (3)
  • 50:965:271      Acting I (3)
  • 50:965:302      Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)
      • At least three credits required.
  • 50:965:359      Senior Project (BA)
      • At least one credit required.
  • 50:965:380      History of Theater I (3)
  • 50:965:381      Modern Drama (3)
ACTING CONCENTRATION (21 credits)

The Acting Concentration enables students to hone their craft in classes taught by seasoned theatrical professionals. Performance opportunities abound in the Rutgers–Camden Theater season, which includes three mainstage productions as well as student-directed and student-created work.

  • 50:965:371      Acting II (3)
  • 50:965:372      Acting for Film (3) or 50:965:373 Improvisational Theater (3)
  • 50:965:471      Acting III (3)

Select at least one additional three-credit Literature and History elective, two additional three-credit Theater Practice electives, and one additional three-credit Design and Technology elective. 

MUSICAL THEATER CONCENTRATION (21 credits)

The Musical Theater Concentration provides students with well-rounded training in acting, dance, and singing, complemented by a thorough general background in all areas of theater and performance opportunities in department-presented musicals.

  • 50:700:131      Singing for the Stage (3)
  • 50:203:201      Musical Theater Dance (3)
  • 50:965:308      American Musical Theater (3)
  • 50:965:371      Acting II (3)

At least one additional three-credit dance course is required

At least three credits of Applied Voice (50:701:169 Voice I or higher) are required:

Select at least one additional three-credit 300 or 400 level theater elective from any category.

Highly recommended:
50:700:161-162 Basic Musicianship I, II (2, 2)

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION (21 credits)

Students enrolled in the Design and Technology Concentration complete coursework in all areas of theatrical design taught by our faculty and outstanding professionals active in their fields. In addition, the Rutgers–Camden Theater season provides many opportunities for designers, theater technicians, and stage managers.

  • 50:965:242      Stagecraft II (3)
  • 50:080:221      Drawing I (3)
  • 50:965:314      Scenic Design (3)
  • 50:965:362      Costume Design (3)
  • 50:965:382      Lighting Design (3)
  • 50:965:361      Survey of Costume History (3)

At least three additional credits of:
50:965:302      Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)

Highly Recommended:
50:082:101      Introduction to Art History I (3)
50:082:102      Introduction to Art History II (3)

LITERATURE AND HISTORY ELECTIVES
  • 50:965:308      American Musical Theater (3)
  • 50:965:309      American Theater (3)
  • 50:965:310      Experimental Theater (3)
  • 50:350:331      Shakespeare I (3)
  • 50:350:332      Shakespeare II (3)
  • 50:965:345      Theater and Film in Europe (3)
  • 50:965:361      Survey of Costume History (3)
THEATER PRACTICE ELECTIVES
  • 50:203:201      Musical Theater Dance (3)
  • 50:965:227      Jazz Dance (3)
  • 50:203:249      Ballet I (3)
  • 50:965:301      Performance (BA)
  • 50:965:303      Actor Director Workshop (BA)
  • 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 ELECTIVES
  • 50:965:242      Stagecraft II (3)
  • 50:965:270      Stage Makeup (3)
  • 50:965:302      Practicum/Crew Call in Technical Theater (BA)
  • 50:965:314      Scenic Design (3)
  • 50:965:362      Costume Design (3)
  • 50:965:382      Lighting Design (3)

 

FILMMAKING CONCENTRATION (45 Credits)

The filmmaking concentration is a unique collaboration between film and theater that builds on the program’s strengths and resources in both areas. Filmmaking students take a series of production courses that focus on diverse genres and techniques in filmmaking and include documentary, fiction, experimental, and film for theater productions. Filmmaking students also take theater courses specializing in acting, directing, lighting, and production design. The concentration culminates in a senior film project where students collaborate with filmmakers, actors, and designers within the program.

COURSES REQUIRED (27 CREDITS)

  • 50:354:390               Intro to Film Studies or 50:354:20 The Art of Film
  • 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 or 50:965:241 Stagecraft
  • 50:965:359               Senior Project

AT LEAST THREE COURSES (9 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

AT LEAST THREE COURSES (9 CREDITS) FROM THE FOLLOWING:

  • 50:192:305               Internship in Digital Studies
  • 50:965:241               Stagecraft
  • 50:965:242               Stagecraft II
  • 50:965:271               Acting I
  • 50:965:301               Performance
  • 50:965:303               Actor Director Workshop (BA)
  • 50:965:314               Scenic Design
  • 50:965:320               Directing I
  • 50:965:322               Directing II
  • 50:965:323               Directing for Film
  • 50:965:362               Costume Design
  • 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

THEATER ARTS MINOR WITH FILMMAKING CONCENTRATION (minimum 18 credits)

  • 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