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The Department of Theatre and Media Arts offers a variety of programs and degrees for students who are interested in Theatre and Media Arts, such as acting, media arts studies, music dance theatre, theatre arts education, and theatre arts studies. In addition to providing academic training, the department also showcases the talents and skills of it's students and faculty through plays and films that are produced every year. Through these activities, the department aims to foster collaboration, citizenship, and service. As part of BYU's mission, the department strives to foster a Christ-centered learning environment, where students can explore the moral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of their art.
The department is temporarily located at BYU's West Campus during the construction of the new Arts Building, which will provide more space and facilities for the theatre and media arts programs when complete.
The BFA Acting Program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to become professional actors in theatre, film, and television. The program focuses on the development of imagination, intellect, and acting technique, allowing students to create an array of roles in varying styles.
The BYU Media Arts Studies program provides a strong liberal arts foundation for film-related careers or future graduate studies. Graduates gain versatile skills in film culture, history, theory, and critical analysis. The program emphasizes professional practices, creative problem-solving, and collaboration. It explores films academically, artistically, and spiritually, balancing scholarship with practical production experience.
The Music Dance Theatre (MDT) program at Brigham Young University is an interdisciplinary degree program within the Theatre and Media Arts Department and fully supported by the School of Music and the Department of Dance. It is a limited enrollment program designed to train performers for a career in musical theatre and related performance disciplines.
The BYU Theatre Arts Education program is designed to educate the student in a basic foundation of pedagogy, dramatic literature, theatre history, performance skills as both actor and director, and techniques in theatre design technology and production.
The Theatre Arts Studies program at Brigham Young University is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of theatre as an art form. The program offers courses in critical studies, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, and design & technology.
Students can choose to focus on a specific area or take courses in any area. The critical studies area includes courses in theatre history, dramatic literature, and criticism. The design & technology area includes courses in scenic design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, and stage management.