FSU Announces New Concentrations Focusing on Screen and Social Media, Costuming, Cosplay, and Theatre Education, plus a new Minor

Date: May 16, 2020

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Fayetteville State University Theatre (FSU Theatre), part of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts, announces new curriculum meant to equip students for work at the cutting edge of the field. Beginning in Fall 2021, FSU Theatre will introduce four new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program, including Media Performance, Media Production, Costuming/Cosplay, and ​Theatre Education, along with a new minor in Costuming/Cosplay. The concentrations will allow Theatre majors to extend their learning from the stage to the screen ​utilizing emerging technologies and cutting edge ​instruction.

Students majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Media Performance will complete intensive course work focused on performance for the screen including film, television, and social media, consisting of acting and voice work, characterization, camera studio work, and short films. ​Part of a general program collaboration between the Theatre and Communications areas​, new approaches seek to update courses using experiences with film, television and stage, to fill the need to expand professional practices in both areas and prepare students for lifelong careers in stage and screen ​performance.

Students majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Media Production will focus on audio, video, lighting, and stage production for film, television, and new media. The concentration looks intently at the crossover in production between theatre, television/film, and social media​, developing skills in a multidisciplinary platform that will broaden training and skill sets in various disciplines preparing them for lifelong careers in stage and screen ​production.Both concentrations are collaborations with FSU's Department of Communications and World Languages.

Students may major in Theatre with a concentration in Costuming and Cosplay, ​developing studio, technical production, and artistic skills necessary to work in a variety of disciplines from traditional stage and screen costuming and props work to fantasy cons, Live Action Role Play, and much more. With classes in makeup, costuming, sculpture, mold making, and opportunities for props and mask work, this concentration will provide students an exciting set of in-demand skills and experiences ​that prepare​s them for worthwhile careers in the field. ​While this concentration is a collaboration with FSU's ​Visual Art program​, it may also be taken independently as a Minor.

Students majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Education will blend studies in traditional areas of theatre with ​required courses from FSU's College of Education ​that prepares them for lifelong work with students. Students will have both in-class and out-of-class opportunities to gain practical experience and technical proficiency, including those gained through campus-based theatrical productions and internships with local employers. The program takes a holistic approach toward the study of theatre that embraces relevant areas of review and practice within the disciplines of English, Communications, Education, as well as Theatre. This is a non-licensure concentration, though students will find themselves well prepared for teaching positions via lateral entry, working as Directors of Education for regional theatres and arts organizations, or ​establishing their own studios.

Together, these exciting additions to the FSU Theatre program position students for quality work in the​ir chosen field. Each new offering blends with FSU's strong core of theatre classes and production experiences, providing students a broad practical and theoretical background in the theatre. FSU Theatre is proud to have developed students who've gone on to work as professional actors, production professionals, ​writers and educators. For more information about FSU Theatre ​or these new program offerings, or to enroll as a major in the program, please contact:

Mr. Jonathan Chestnut
Department of Performing & Fine Arts

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