Fayetteville State University Theater (FSU Theater), part of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts, announces new curriculum meant to equip students for work at the cutting edge of the field.

Beginning in fall 2021, FSU Theater will introduce four new concentrations in the bachelor of arts in theater program, including media performance, media production, costuming/cosplay, and  theater education, along with a new minor in costuming/cosplay. The concentrations will allow theater majors to extend their learning from the stage to the screen utilizing emerging technologies and cutting edge instruction.

Students majoring in theater with a concentration in media performance will complete intensive course work focused on performance for the screen including film, television, and social media, consisting of acting and voice work, characterization, camera studio work, and short films.

Part of a general program collaboration between the theater and communications areas, new approaches seek to update courses using experiences with film, television and stage, to fill the need to expand professional practices in both areas and prepare students for lifelong careers in stage and screen  performance.

Students majoring in theater with a concentration in media production will focus on audio, video, lighting, and stage production for film, television, and new media. 

The concentration looks intently at the crossover in production between theater, television/film, and social media, developing skills in a multidisciplinary platform that will broaden training and skill sets in various disciplines preparing them for lifelong careers in stage and screen  production.

Both concentrations are collaborations with FSU’s Department of Communications and World Languages.

Students may major in theater with a concentration in costuming and cosplay, developing studio, technical production and artistic skills necessary to work in a variety of disciplines from traditional stage and screen costuming and props work to fantasy cons, live action role play, and much more. With classes in makeup, costuming, sculpture, mold making, and opportunities for props and mask work, this concentration will provide students an exciting set of in-demand skills and experiences that prepares them for worthwhile careers in the field. While this concentration is a collaboration with FSU’s  Visual Art program, it may also be taken independently as a minor.

Students majoring in theater with a concentration in education will blend studies in traditional areas of theater with required courses from FSU’s College of Education that prepares them for lifelong work with students. Students will have both in-class and out-of-class opportunities to gain practical experience and technical proficiency, including those gained through campus-based theatrical productions and internships with local employers. The program takes a holistic approach toward the study of theater that embraces relevant areas of review and practice within the disciplines of English, communications, education, as well as theater. This is a non-licensure concentration, though students will find themselves well prepared for teaching positions via lateral entry, working as directors of education for regional theaters and arts organizations, or establishing their own studios.

Together, these exciting additions to the FSU Theatre program position students for quality work in their chosen field. Each new offering blends with FSU’s strong core of theatre classes and production experiences,  providing students a broad practical and theoretical background in the theater.

For more information about these new program offerings, or to enroll as a major in the program, contact Jonathan Chestnut at (910) 672-1309 or jchestnut@uncfsu.edu.

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