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University of Winnipeg (Department of Theatre and Film)

The Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg offers a full program of undergraduate and pre-professional training for theatre and film artists and practitioners. The program includes the opportunity to obtain a B.A. (General) or a B.A. (Honours) in one or more of six different areas of study: acting and directing; design; drama in education; filmmaking; playwriting; and stage management and production. Coursework encompasses a full range of practical and theoretical study in all areas.

With the growing popularity of filmmaking here in Manitoba and elsewhere, the Department of Theatre and Film has placed a new emphasis on acting for film and video. It is important to recognize that stage acting is almost universally recognized as the best training medium for ALL actors. Look at the career of your favourite movie star and nine times out of ten you will find that s/he trained in stage acting. Once you have become adept at acting in the theatre, you can shift to film acting fairly easily. The reverse is not necessarily true. And to succeed in this business, all actors need to be able to perform in both media. Currently in Manitoba there are far more acting jobs available in the area of film than there have been in the past, and students are increasingly focusing on careers in film. Our Department has therefore decided to take a number of steps to make sure our acting students are properly prepared for the film medium.

Acting Theory and Practice, the 2nd-year course required of all acting Majors and Honours students, has a new section
introducing film acting. Screen Acting, a 6-credit hour course at the 3rd-year level, focuses on the special problems of film acting and the role of the actor in the filmmaking process. This course may be taken instead of Acting III: General by students seeking a 3-year degree whose study area within the Major is acting. Students in this course may have the opportunity to work with students in the Filmmaking II course on short film projects.

School name:University of WinnipegDepartment of Theatre and Film
Address:515 Portage Ave
Zip & city:R3B 2E9 Manitoba
Phone:(204) 786-9955

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