What can I do with this degree?
(Adapted from "A Philosophy for Concordia Theatre Folk" by Jim Cermak, Concordia College-Moorhead, MN)
FSU's Theatre program seeks to provide students with a variety of experiences in and around the theatre - both in classroom and production settings - to equip students to be able members of the workforce, extremely marketable, inclined to leadership, and all around engaged citizens.
Does study in Theatre involve only those skills needed for a job in the theatre or in a theatre building?
Theatre at FSU seeks to develop life skills for majors and non-majors alike. FSU Theatre approaches work in both classroom and co-curricular activities as challenges that are valuable in every vocation or avocation a person chooses: teaching, music, educational administration, preaching, management, leadership, service, law, business, church administration, marketing, mass media, public speaking, politics, as well as more traditional roles in the fine and performing arts.
How can study in Theatre Arts help you in YOUR vocation (even if you don't know what your vocation will be)?
Often considered to be a "first" cooperative learning, service learning, or community-building project, theatre productions teach ideas and skills while providing opportunities for students to be life-long learners. How? Students learn to creatively manage limited yet valuable resources of time, money, people, space, equipment, supplies, and texts. For example, majors and minors in Business, Religion, Communications, Education, Wellness, etc. have found theatre courses to be valuable learning opportunities for preparation in THEIR respective fields. Students develop writing skills through script analysis, playwriting, dramaturgy, reviews, resumes, and journaling. Students engage in practical application of time management, budgeting, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, design, and leadership styles and learning in theatre classes like Scene Technology, Costuming, Design, Directing, Production Seminar, Acting, etc. Students undertake "creative problem solving" within the context of theatre production, and experience hands-on work with tools and materials such as wood, plastic, paper, metal, foam, hot melt glue, sewing machines, PVC and metal pipe, table saw, radial arm saw, miter box, band saw, power drills, electric tools, hammers, wrenches, electrical lighting, sound, paint, etc. Students explore human nature, human experience, and truth in each production. They engage in exploration of intercultural understanding, personal tragedy, love, laughter, hope, fear, social acceptance, etc. FSU graduates involved in the theatre (majors and non-majors alike) move on to do great work across many diverse disciplines.
With drive, initiative and ability, a degree in Theatre prepares you for numerous career choices and possibilities. Practical skills in performance, communication, education, management, design, and production prepare you for careers in:
Not everyone wants to be on stage and that's okay. Theatre is an excellent major for developing job-related skills, and employers seeks skills developed in theatre classes and productions-skills such as building teamwork, communication and commitment.
20 Special Advantages the Theatre Major Has (and may not even know!)
Here is a list of twenty skills, traits, and qualities of personality that are well-developed in individuals who complete four years of undergraduate theatre study. Consider how many of these are unique to theatre majors -- and provide far more advantages than majors in most other disciplines.
What about a JOB? Contrary to popular misconception, theatre is a highly valued degree that provides skills for a wide-variety of employment, both in the field and in other fields. Theatre Job Areas
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