Current courses

Fall 2019 courses for Film and Theatre (FLPA)

We are currently working on adding all of our courses to the list below, a process which is taking a long time primarily due to the curriculum revamping that was recently approved.  Click on a course title to view a description of that class.

Courses with an asterick(*) before and after course title are available for the current semester's registration (Fall, 2019).

Many of the courses also offer a link to an example syllabus as well.

Participation in drama workshop or lab production as performer or technical staff member. Credit in this course may not be applied to a major program in Theatre.
1.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours

There is a more in-depth description / sample syllabus available for this course here.

Offered via distance delivery every semester.

History and development of the medium of film in the U.S. and abroad during the last 100 years. Content will vary each semester.

This class introduces basic stage acting techniques for people with little or no prior acting experience. The course will emphasize physical, emotional, and imaginative awareness and will include monologue and scene work, character analysis and improvisation.»
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

Understanding and appreciation of dramatic performance in
culture, theatre and film through an exploration of its diverse styles, influences and
developments. Topics include performance theories, the creative process, historical and
cultural contexts and popular movements and trends.

Here's an example syllabus in PDF form for this course - a Core Requirement filler, and available via distance delivery!

Reading, analyzing, and categorizing plays as maps for theatrical production. Students will be exposed to a broad range of plays from the classical and contemporary Western canon. Established theories and critical writings about the structure of plays will be explored and discussed to facilitate understanding of dramatic structure and dramaturgy.
Prerequisites: ENGL F111X or concurrent enrollment, or permission of instructor.»
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

Next offered: Spring.

Focusing on what actually makes a video, we will explore lighting and sound design techniques to improve the quality of video projects. Idealized and practical tactics will be investigated.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Previsualization is a collaborative process that generates preliminary versions of shots or sequences, predominantly using 3D animation tools and a virtual environment. It enables filmmakers to visually explore creative ideas, plan technical solutions and communicate a shared vision for efficient production. Laying a foundation for cinema production, this course will explore screenwriting, storyboarding, previsualization animation, animatics and film pre-production approaches. This course will focus on developing original stories for animation or dramatic film productions and preparing those concepts for cinematic production.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

Produce a short dramatic video including concept and script development, basic camera and shooting techniques, working with actors/directing fundamentals, location scouting, production schedule development, basic non-linear editing techniques, and DVD authoring. Students do not need previous experience making movies to take this class.
Recommended: FLPA F121; FLPA F241.
Offered Fall
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of non-linear digital video editing. Students will go from little or no experience in non-linear editing to being comfortable with some of the advanced editing techniques. Address motion picture editing theories.

This special section of the course will focus on using Adobe Creative Cloud (primarily Premiere) as a non-linear editor.

Offered Fall
3 Credit hours
3 Lecture hours

Click here to view an example syllabus in PDF form for this course.

Typically offered each Spring.

Students will apply skills introduced in Fundamentals of Acting, to acting for the camera. By acting in numerous on-camera exercises, television and film scenes, the class will expand each performer's expressiveness for the camera. May be repeated twice for credit.
Prerequisites: FLPA F121. Recommended prerequisite: FLPA F221.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

Vocal training for actors through introduction to Fitzmaurice and Linklater techniques. Course will include basic vocal anatomy, introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet and monologue performance.
Prerequisites: THR F121 or permission of instructor.
Offered Alternate Years
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

This course introduces the principles of stage movement and period acting. The class will include introduction to movement dynamics, contact improvisation, stage combat, physical character development, and period scene study.
Prerequisites: FLPA F221 and FLPA F320.
Offered Alternate Years
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

Next offered: Spring.

Introduction to the history, theory and basic concepts of film stage direction. Includes interpretative script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, working with actors and designers, and direction of short scenes and videos.

Prerequisites: FLPA F271; FLPA F260; or permission of instructor.
Recommended: FLM/ENGL F217; FLPA F121; FLPA F215.

3 Credit hours
3.5 Lecture hours

There is an example syllabus in PDF form for this course avaialble here.

History, theory and basic concepts of stage direction. Interpretive script analysis, creative visualization, conceptualization, use of space, and focus, working with actors and designers and possible direction of short scenes.
Prerequisites: THR F121; THR F215, THR 335.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

FLPA F347 Lighting Design (O, h)
3 Credits

Principles and techniques of theatrical lighting design. The student will conduct practical experiments and design projects applying the experience gained from the experiments. Students will spend approximately $40 for materials.

Prerequisites: COJOF131X or COJOF141X.

Recommended: FLPAF241.

Cross-listed with ARTF347.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

An example syllabus of the course is available here.

For Fall 2015:

This course will examine theatre and film scripts and productions from around the world with an eye for how crime is societally conceived and culturally depicted. We’ll examine» the numerous ways crime stories are told, from the U.S. to Argentina, from Europe to Africa and Asia.

Writing assignments will include short analyses of plays and films under examination, and students may choose a final, semester-long project which is either an academic-style paper OR a screenplay/stage play which reflects the themes and ideas under examination.

This course will focus on the refinement of physical, vocal, emotional, and imaginative awareness. This is a scene study class which will include audition technique, acting for the camera skills, and preparation for the professional world of acting.
Prerequisites: FLPA F121, FLPA F215, FLPA F221 FLPA F320 and FLPA F321; or permission of instructor.
Offered Alternate Years»
3.000 Credit hours»
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

In depth investigation into the history, theory and concepts of film and video direction. Script preparation, storyboarding and animatics, blocking actors and staging the camera, sound design, special effects, and editing techniques will be explored. Each student will produce their own capstone film project. Special fees apply.»
Prerequisites: FLPA F273, FLPA F331, FLPA F290.
Recommended: FLPA F271, FLPA F334.
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years»
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

There is a PDF sample of a recent syllabus for this course available here.

By popular demand: Professor Mendelowitz will be offering an Advanced Video Editing and Sound Design intensive course for video production.

FLPA F499 Thesis Project
1-3 Credits

Final step in film or stage training which involves creating a final film or stage creative project as a filmmaker (PDF), actor (PDF), director (PDF), designer, playwright or screenwriter. Projects can include producing a film project with the support of a faculty advisor, performing a leading role on a theatre/film UAF main-stage film or stage production or directing/designing/writing a project for the theatre/film UAF season.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 1-3

Please note that there are specific project guidelines for filmmakers, actors» or directors which should be followed. (Links to pdf files of guidelines).

More in-depth course information will be added as time allows.
Thank you for your patience.