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B.A. Theatre and Cinema

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The Bachelor of Arts program in theatre and cinema is one of only a handful in the United States and the only one in the region. We provide students with an outstanding professional training and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for successful careers in the entertainment industry.

This Bachelor of Arts degree offers an outstanding integration of both cinema and theatre. Students decide which field to specialize in – theatre, musical theatre, or cinema – but will gain experience and knowledge in all three.

Each course in this program provides students with the professional training necessary to develop technical, creative and storytelling skills, allows them the opportunity to focus and hone those skills, and provides the environment in which they can discover and explore their own expressive voice.

Our graduates go on to successfully pursue master’s degrees in their respective fields and/or seek careers as actors, designers, editors, directors, cinematographers, audio engineers and more. Our degree programs give students the edge in today’s competitive job market.


You can customize a program to match your interests with concentrations in Theatre, Cinema or Musical Theatre.

Theatre and Cinema (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

General Studies
Core Requirements
CIN 100Introduction to Film3
CIN 245Production I3
THR 140Production Participation4
THR 221Technical Production 13
THR 222Technical Production 23
THR 228Acting I3
THR 275Script Analysis3
THR 367History of Theatre3
Select one of the following:3
Cinema Internship
Theatre Internship
Summer Theatre Apprenticeship
Select one of the following:1
Portfolio I
Sophomore Portfolio
Select one of the following: 11
Portfolio II
Senior Portfolio
Select an elective course from Cinema, Dance, Music or Theatre1
Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement
Credit hours in one foreign language12
Select one of the following concentrations:27
Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre

Cinema Concentration

Concentration Requirements
CIN 120Film Theory and Criticism3
CIN 253Audio Production3
CIN 255Editing I3
CIN 335Motion Picture Lighting3
CIN 342Screenwriting3
CIN 345Production II3
CIN 377Producing3
CIN 477Directing3
CIN 495Thesis3
Total Credit Hours27

Musical Theatre Concentration

Concentration Requirements
MUS 106Basic Keyboard Skills I2
MUS 109Functional Voice Class2
MUS 189-MUS 4894
THR 326Techniques of Musical Theatre Performance3
THR 348Directing for the Stage I3
THR 368History of Musical Theatre3
DAN 110Tap Dance I2
or DAN 210 Tap Dance II
DAN 111Jazz Dance I2
or DAN 211 Jazz Dance II
DAN 112Modern Dance I2
or DAN 212 Modern Dance II
DAN 114Ballet2
DAN 120Dance Performance1
DAN 312Dance Choreography2
Total Credit Hours28

Theatre Concentration

Concentration Requirements
THR 328Acting II3
THR 348Directing for the Stage I3
THR 331Fundamentals of Design3
Select eighteen credit hours from the following:12
Acting for the Camera
Stage Properties
Stage Management
Voice Over
Stage Makeup
Theatre for Children and Youth
Advanced Costume Techniques
Period Styles
Theatre History II
Scenic Design
Stage Lighting
Advanced Stage Makeup
Directing for the Stage II
Total Credit Hours21

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. No more than one D permitted in major coursework.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Earn 12 credit hours in one foreign language.
  8. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  9. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
Are you ready to declare this major or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Art Department.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.