Why Study Applied Theatre, Film, and Television?

This unique, interdisciplinary degree leverages multi-modal mediums of theatre, film, and television to give voice to social change through knowledge acquisition—history, theory, and criticism—experiential learning, and performance. The Applied Theatre Concentration is the only theatre curriculum on the IUPUI campus and one of the only undergraduate Applied Theatre programs in the United States and the world.

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The Applied Theatre, Film, and Television major stresses the interdependence of artistic practice and intellectual knowledge. It is made up of three exciting and distinct concentrations that will provide you with knowledge and hands-on experiences that are unique to our campus and school.

The Applied Theatre concentration combines the study of complex dramatic traditions and opportunities for you to learn performance and production, with pedagogies and coursework that will prepare you to transfer the “gifts of theatre’ in interdisciplinary settings and nontraditional environments.

The two Film and Television concentrations teaches methods for recognizing and analyzing creative methods. You will learn to know film and media as products of history, culture, ideology, industry and individual authorship. You also have the opportunity to incorporate this knowledge into your development of creative projects.

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The Applied Theatre Concentration focuses on acting, directing, theatre history, playwriting, dramatic literature, and theatre design and technology. Students will participate in all aspects of theatre performance using theatre as a voice for social change. IUPUI is surrounded by a vibrant theatre community with over 30 industry-recognized and producing theatre companies in the greater Indianapolis area. This program is heavily invested in relationships with these as well as with national organizations and companies.

The Film and Television Studies Concentration focuses on the history, theory, criticism, cultural uses, and production practices of television, film, and media arts. It emphasizes the critical analysis, creative expression, and an understanding of how media functions in our society as both art and communication.

The Film and Television Studies/Production Concentration (as a B.A. degree) explores not only the technical skills of the media production process, but also emphasizes the understanding of film, television, screen and aural media as communicative and aesthetic products and processes. The emphasis in this concentration is on the application of theoretical concepts, critical analysis, and historical understanding to a production context. You can apply your knowledge of film and television studies to construct advanced media projects.

What can I do with this degree?

A Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre, Film, and Television offers tremendous opportunities whether you intend to enter the workforce or continue with graduate education. Careers in law, education, business, politics, public service, media industries, and even health and scientific fields, as well as the pursuits of theatre-related and film or media-oriented careers can be pursued.

Hands-on skills include, but not limited to:

  • Acting
  • Arts Administration
  • Directing
  • Design
  • Production
  • Stage Management
  • Technical Direction

Possible specialized roles:

  • Audience engagement manager
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Curricular designer
  • Conflict resolutionist
  • Dramatic interpreter
  • Drama specialist
  • Drama therapist
  • Historical reenactor
  • Museum docent
  • Program facilitator
  • Teaching artist
  • Theatrical interventionist

How can I continue my education?

With your Theatre, Film and Television B.A. degree, you will be well prepared to enter graduate programs not only in these specific fields, but also in anthropology, communication studies, English, American Studies, criminal justice, geography history, law, political science or social work. The concentration in Applied Theatre pairs particularly well with the fields listed above.

Numerous graduate programs at IUPUI can provide you with your next steps if you are interested in graduate education. The Department of Communication Studies offers an Applied Communication degree, in which you can focus on media arts and studies. The Schools of Informatics as well as Engineering and Technologies have related graduate programs, providing you with good and logical steps toward media related career goals that involve graduate work.

For more information

If you are considering majoring in Applied Theatre, Film and Television, either as a new student or as a transfer student, please contact the Liberal Arts Advising office at 317-274-3976 or laadvise@iupui.edu.