Theatre, Film, and Art studies at CMU include a variety of topics such as Art History, Theatre, and Film. An interdisciplinary area of study, Theatre, Film, and Art provides an interesting and valuable complement to the academic study of Biblical and Theological Studies, Communications, English, History, Music, and Peace & Conflict Transformation Studies.
At CMU, students are challenged to think about how their faith and beliefs are shaped by the culture and society they live in, and about how their faith and beliefs have the potential to shape art. Knowledge of Theatre, Film, and Art helps students understand themselves, others, and the artistic world in which they live and work. Practical skills and experience in theatre provide students with a valuable educational background for further opportunities.
TFA-1300/3 Introduction to Theatre: A study of the components of theatrical performance and the rehearsal process; an introduction to the basics of acting. Includes performance assignments.
TFA-1310/3 Introduction to Literature for Theatre: A study of plays both as literature and as texts for stage presentation. The course provides an introduction to script analysis.
TFA-1320/2, 2320/2, 3320/2 Theatre Workshop: Study and performance of a dramatic production. Prerequisite: Admission will be on the basis of an audition for an acting role or on the basis of an interview for a place in the production and technical design team.
TFA-1330/1, 2330/1, 3330/1 Theatre Ensemble: Preparation and presentation of short drama pieces. Prerequisite: Admission will be on the basis of audition.
TFA/INTG-2010/3 Film, Faith, and Popular Culture: This course is a conversation between contemporary movies and Christian faith. It explores how films reflect and shape the worldview, the commitments, and the virtues or vices of society, and how they express a religious or theological vision within popular culture.
TFA- 2020/3 History of Art and Culture I – Classical to Late Medieval: A survey of art history from the Classical era in Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the Late Middle Ages (15th century) in Western Europe. The course will give attention to the relationship of art and architecture to other facets of social, religious, cultural, and intellectual history.
TFA- 2030/3 History of Art and Culture II – Renaissance to the present: A survey of art history from the Renaissance to present day. The course will give attention to the relationship of art and architecture to other facets of social, religious, cultural, and intellectual history. May not be held for credit together with the former TFA-2000.