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Missouri Western State College (Department of Communication Studies and Theatre)

The Department of Communication Studies and Theatre comprises several diversified areas of knowledge and experience. The department is concerned with communicative transactions between human beings—the expression, comprehension, and exchange of ideas through either oral or written discourse or artistic endeavor. It is through an understanding of these processes that a picture of the total human being emerges. Students in the department are introduced to many aspects of mankind’s social and creative life, thereby acquiring a background for careers in fields such as law, politics, journalism, public relations, communication, and teaching.

Western's Theatre/Video degree immerses students hands on in both the artistic and technical aspects of the medium. This combination of artistic and technical preparation enables student to successfully enter a graduate program or obtain entry-level professional positions in theatre performance, technical entertainment production, multi-media and/or DV filmmaking. The theatre area produces four mainstage productions, including a student directed showcase of scenes, one-act plays and/or short films and the final play is a student produced mainstage production. Courses include voice and dialects, movement and scene study for the actor/directors in the classical, contemporary film styles.

The Theatre/Video degree is unique to our region, but follows a growing trend in the industry to blend media and creative arts and will allow us to better prepare students who desire employment in the media-arts production areas of theatre performance, technical entertainment production and/or DV filmmaking. The intergrated discipline in DV Filmmaking, will place top line cutting edge equipment in the hands of Western students. This allows for extensive, detailed experience in writing, producing, directing and editing, while utilizing the student's own stories. Class sizes range from 10-15 students allowing for maximum exposure to the studio equipment.

School name:Missouri Western State CollegeDepartment of Communication Studies and Theatre
Address:4525 Downs Drive
Zip & city:MO 64507 Missouri
Phone:(816) 271-4200

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