Why Theatre & Film?
What is theatre & film and why should I study it?
The Theatre and Film Department teaches courses in media and performing arts, technology, theory and criticism. The department recognizes the importance of the role of the fine and performing arts within the humanities program of a liberal arts education. Courses in film and performing arts help develop students' original, creative and critical thinking while developing mastery in technical or dramatic skills.
A degree in film and performing arts gives students a critical understanding of the history, theory and technologies of cinema, new media arts and theatre arts while giving them opportunities, tools and resources for careers in media and performing arts industries, to pursue graduate study, or become media or theatre artists.
Film & Performing Arts majors take a shared core of three classes (Fundamentals of Acting, Film Set Production I, and Introduction to Production Design) and then choose a concentration in either Film or Theatre.
What can you do with a degree in theatre & film?
All of our students gain practical professional experience by working on film sets, participating in main-stage productions, and interacting closely with faculty advisors and mentors.
Some careers theatre & film majors go on to pursue are...
... and more!
Theatre & Film at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
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Take a core set of three classes and then select a concentration in either film or theatre. You’ll design a course of study around your interests and develop original, creative and critical thinking while you master technical or dramatic skills.
Classes and productions are open to film and performing arts majors, theatre or film minors, and students in other fields.
How else can I get involved around campus?
The UAF Department of Theatre & Film offers many opportunities to explore the performing arts without even leaving campus.
We have a variety of classes available for students who want to explore theatre and film. Here are some of them:FLPA 121 - Fundamentals of Acting
FLPA 215X - Dramatic Literature & History
FLPA 217 - Introduction to the Study of Film
FLPA 241 - Basic Stagecraft
FLPA 231- Previsualization and Preproduction for Digital Cinema
FLPA 260 - Digital Video Editing
FLPA 271 - Film Set Production I
FLPA 401/402 - Practicum
Auditions for all of our productions (both film and theatre) are listed on the Auditions
page of our website.
All of our auditions are open to the public. You do not need to be affiliated with UAF to take part in our productions!
Email us and let us know what you're interested in. firstname.lastname@example.org
Typically we can use assistance in the Costume Shop, Scene Shop, Electrics, Scenic Painting, Box Office, Ushering.
Student Drama Association is for anyone (students, alumni, community members) who
want to create theatre projects. SDA sponsors a variety of performances each year,
including Famous for Fifteen (staged readings of new short plays).
The UAF Film Club is for anyone (students, alumni, community members) who want to
create film projects. Film Club helps support local filmmakers in creating their projects,
and has recently been featuring local films in a yearly film festival.
Ground Squirrel Improv is a student lead club that meets every Tuesday night from 7-9 in the Green Room. Anyone is welcome to participate in meetings where we just play improv games that you may have seen on Whose Line is it Anyway.
Strong teaching, real experiences and personal attention from professors will prepare you to succeed in media and performing arts industries. Our graduates are professional stage managers, directors and actors who have worked for major cable networks like Discovery and Animal Planet and appeared on national shows such as “Blue Bloods” and “Gossip Girl.”