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University of Kansas (KU Department of Theatre & Film)




Thank you for your interest in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas.
Following is information about various aspects of our programs.

The undergraduate curriculum offers course work in several degree concentrations. Programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degrees in the Department are based in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and include substantial course work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Of the two degrees, the B.G.S. allows greater specialization in theatre or film/video, or a combination of the two. The B.A. programs in theatre or film/video require more courses outside the Department. The B.A., therefore, is slightly broader and less concentrated than the B.G.S.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre and Voice (through the School of Fine Arts) allows vocally gifted students to train for careers in musical theatre and opera. The B.F.A. in Theatre Design (School of Fine Arts) focuses on the design of scenery, costumes, and lighting. Students wishing to combine a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business with Theatre can elect a Theatre concentration along with the major in the School of Business.

Departmental course work blends theory and practice.We offer a comprehensive array of classroom opportunities, including courses in film/video and theatre history, theory, criticism, and production. Since we also offer masters and doctoral degree programs, there are opportunities to pursue courses not typically available to undergraduates at many other institutions.

Our theatre production program is closely integrated with the curriculum. During the regular academic year, our award-winning University Theatre produces up to ten productions including at least one opera or musical comedy and three dramas or comedies on the Crafton-Preyer stage and Stage Too! In addition, we offer smaller scale productions in the William Inge Theatre series. These include original works (sometimes written by students), restaged classics, and experimental productions. The KU Theatre for Young People (KUTYP) features two fully-mounted productions and workshops for children in schools. All productions provide opportunities for student directors, designers, actors, and playwrights to place their efforts before live audiences. In the summer months we produce Kansas Summer Theatre and all positions are paid.

Film/Media projects originate in our media production courses. Many of these student works have won honors at regional, national, and international competitions. During the past two years the Fiske Guide to Colleges has listed KU as one of the “Major Universities Strong in Film/Television” placing us with other film schools such as the University of Southern California and New York University. The Film/Media Program is housed in Oldfather Studios, a fully operative production facility where students learn and develop their art and craft.



School name:University of KansasKU Department of Theatre & Film
Address:1530 Naismith Dr, Room 356, Murphy Hall
Zip & city:KS 66045-3102 Kansas
Phone:(785) 864-3511
Web:http://www.ku.edu/~kuthf
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