Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, Film Video Track

Film/Video Track Faculty

Richard Johnson 
Phone: 330.941.3810

Film/Video Track

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre Studies, Film/Video Studies combines extensive practical training in the techniques of theatre, film, and video production with an array of liberal arts coursework. Students work closely with their Film/Video faculty in classroom and laboratory settings and also take specialty courses in the Theatre, Telecommunications, and English areas. Students pursuing this degree program select one of three areas on which to focus: Production, Visual Media and Design, or Critical Studies.

Our alumni may be seen regionally, nationally, and internationally across the theatre and entertainment industries. Our graduates are found on stage and screen—from Tony Award-winning Hadestown to Days of Our Lives—and receiving nominations and awards from The Tony's to The GRAMMYS®. Our dynamic programs also empower our alumni to become successful directors, designers, choreographers, and more at the national level, including the Great Lakes Theatre Festival and similar festivals. University Theatre degrees and programs will prepare you for success in the theatre industries no matter the path you choose.

University Theatre Contact Information

To learn more about our degree programs, scholarships, performances, faculty, and students, contact the University Theatre Office at 330.941.3810. To schedule a personalized campus visit, contact the Cliffe College of Creative Arts Program Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at 330.941.2346 or We would love to learn about your interests, talk with you about our programs, and become an important part of your future. 

Dr. Joseph Carucci, Director

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Math Requirement (from approved courses)3
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h. Met by THTR 1590 and 1512 in major)
History of Motion Pictures
Survey of Broadway: The American Musical
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language 1550 (or FNLG 1505)4
Foreign Language 2600 (or FNLG 1506)4
Core Courses
Grade of "C" or better is required. Courses cannot be taken "CR/NC"
THTR 2600Theatre Participation (Must be repeated 3 times for a total of 3 s.h.)3
THTR 1512Survey of Broadway: The American Musical3
THTR 1559Production Design for Stage and Screen3
THTR 1590History of Motion Pictures3
THTR 3700Theatre Participation 2 (Must be repeated 4 times for a total of 4 s.h.)4
THTR 2661Introduction to Stage Management3
DNCE 2698Survey of Dance3
THTR 3768Script Analysis for Stage and Screen3
THTR 4891Theatre History Before 17003
THTR 4860Theatre History after 17003
THTR 4898Senior Project3
Interdisciplinary Film/Video Studies
THTR 1561Stagecraft3
CMST 2650Rhetoric of Film3
ENGL 2665Introduction to Film Study3
ENGL 3748Screenwriting3
THTR 3701Professional Preparation3
THTR 3762Directing 13
or THTR 4870 Acting 4: Acting on Camera
THTR 3763Scene Design3
or THTR 3765 Lighting Design
or THTR 3769 Costume Design
ENGL 3765Film Genres3
THTR 4893Independent Study in Theatre3
37/48XX Film/Video Studies Elective3
Choose one Specialization (18-21 s.h)18-21
Production (21 s.h.)
Introduction to Telecommunication Studies
Telecommunication Technologies
Scriptwriting for Electronic Media
Communication Technology - Photo and Video
Communication Technologies: Aesthetics and Design
Applied Production
Documentary Storytelling
Visual Media and Design (18 s.h.)
Fundamentals of 2D Design
Introduction to Digital Media
Video and Animation Studio
Multimedia Design
Art Upper Division Elective
Critical Studies (18 s.h.)
The Art of Motion Pictures
Literary Study
Film Genres
Selected Topics in Film
Select 2 Courses (6 credit hours) in Critical Studies Upper Division Elective THTR or ENGL 3700 or higher
Total Semester Hours122-127
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
TCOM 1580
Introduction to Telecommunication Studies
or Fundamentals of 2D Design
or The Art of Motion Pictures
THTR 1559 Production Design for Stage and Screen 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
ENGL 2665 Introduction to Film Study 3
 Semester Hours14-16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
THTR 1590 History of Motion Pictures 3
THTR 1561 Stagecraft 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
Specialization Course: TCOM 1581, or ART 2691, or Critical Studies Upper Division Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
CMST 2650 Rhetoric of Film 3
THTR 2600 Theatre Participation 1
Approved MATH Course 3
TCOM 2682
Scriptwriting for Electronic Media
or Video and Animation Studio
or Literary Study
THTR 1512 Survey of Broadway: The American Musical 3
General Education Elective - Natural Science with Lab 4
 Semester Hours17
DNCE 2698 Survey of Dance 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3768 Script Analysis for Stage and Screen 3
THTR 2661 Introduction to Stage Management 3
General Education Elective - Social Science 3
General Education Elective - Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
Specialization Course: MCOM 2624 or ART 3796 or Critical Studies Upper Division Elective 3
ENGL 3765 Film Genres 3
THTR 4891 Theatre History Before 1700 3
Foreign Language 1550 4
General Education Elective - Social/Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours17
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
ENGL 3748 Screenwriting 3
THTR 3763
Scene Design
or Lighting Design
or Costume Design
THTR 4860 Theatre History after 1700 3
THTR 3701 Professional Preparation 3
Foreign Language 2600 4
 Semester Hours17
Year 4
THTR 3700 Theatre Participation 2 1
THTR 3762
Directing 1
or Acting 4: Acting on Camera
Specialization Course: MCOM 2625 or ART 4891 or ENGL 3765 (second time) 3
THTR 4893 Independent Study in Theatre 3
General Education Elective - Social Science 3
 Semester Hours13
THTR 4898 Senior Project 3
Specialization Course: JOUR 3790 or ART Upper Division Elective or ENGL 4865 3
37XX/48XX Film/Video Studies Elective 3
Specialization Course: MCOM 4850 (for production specialization only) 0-3
General Education Elective - Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours12-15
 Total Semester Hours122-127