College or School: 
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Program Type: 
Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures
Four Year Graduation Plan: 
Program Description: 

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures is devoted exclusively to the training and education of undergraduate students in the areas of dance, motion pictures, and theatre. These programs lead to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. 

The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures is empowered by the Ohio Revised Code to require particular preliminary training or talent for admission to specific programs, and each of the five B.F.A. degree programs has specific criteria for admission to each level of training. Students in all areas must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 by the end of the freshman year to continue in a theatre arts major. Students who wish to be admitted as majors in acting, acting/musical theatre, or dance must successfully pass an audition or interview. Transfer students are admitted into B.F.A. programs on the basis of a successful audition, interview, or portfolio presentation. The department has an open admissions policy for students wishing to major in the B.A. programs in theatre studies and motion pictures history, theory, and criticism, and B.F.A. programs in design/technology and motion pictures production. 

All students who return after an absence of four or more consecutive quarters must reapply to the faculty for readmission to the program, and at the discretion of the faculty they may be required to satisfy program requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Details of the admission and retention policy are detailed in the Department of Theatre Arts Student Handbook.

Motion Pictures

The program in motion pictures provides a study of film as a fine art. The curriculum offers two options: the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre with a concentration in motion pictures production and the Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with a concentration in motion pictures history, theory, and criticism.

The B.F.A. Program

The B.F.A. program follows an open admission policy for only the first quarter; thereafter, students must progress according to department guidelines in order to continue. Prospective motion pictures B.F.A. students must take MP 1310 the fall quarter of their freshman year and receive an A or B in order to proceed to any other classes as a major. Students successful in MP 1310 should register for MP 2310 in the winter quarter. In order to be eligible to take MP 1800 and MP 2320 in the spring quarter, students must have completed 24 university credit hours, received a C or higher in MP 2310, and achieved an overall minimum GPA of 2.25 by the end of winter quarter. After completion of the spring quarter, prospective B.F.A. students must submit a Sophomore Audition Application and be officially accepted as a film major in order to continue into the sophomore year. Note that a limited number of students will be invited to enroll into the second year and become B.F.A. majors. Further details regarding evaluation standards can be found in the Department of Theatre Arts Student Handbook, published by the department. 

At the end of the sophomore year, B.F.A. students must audition successfully for entrance into the junior and senior years of the program. This process, called the Junior Audition, is a comprehensive process involving multiple meetings with faculty and review of all work done in the program. Before students are accepted into the junior year, they must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in all film history/theory classes and a 2.25 overall GPA. Students must also have completed six film history/ theory courses, not including MP 1310, and including MP 2320 and 2330, and have earned at least 85 credit hours. Students are required to submit original media work for faculty evaluation. To be accepted to the third year, students must show promise of benefitting from continuing education. In their third year, all production students are expected to demonstrate growth in film technique and earn additional credits in film history, theory, and criticism, as well as credits in General Education classes and electives.


Degree Requirements--Motion Pictures Production

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to give students preprofessional training for vocations closely related to film and video production, while simultaneously giving them an opportunity to develop their creativity. 


Motion Pictures Honors Program

The honors program in motion pictures provides students of superior academic ability with the opportunity to broaden and demonstrate their skills. To earn a degree with honors, students must complete the departmental major requirements, maintain a superior GPA throughout their course of studies, and successfully complete a senior honors project, MP 4990, sometime in their senior year. To be admitted to the honors program, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in their major and an overall GPA of 3.25. Both B.A. and B.F.A. students should contact the coordinator of the motion pictures area or the department chair for further details.


Program Requirements: 


I. Wright State Core 38
Element 1: Communication 6
Element 2: Mathematics 3
Element 3: Global Traditions 6

Element 4: Arts and Humanities

Required: ART 2140 or TH 2140

Element 5: Social Sciences 6
Element 6: Natural Sciences 8
Additional Core Courses 6
II. Departmental Requirements 49-51
MP 1310, 1800, 2310, 2320, 2810, 2820, 3340, 3810, 3820, 4360, 4810 37-39

12 Additional hours in motion pictures history, theory,

and criticism chosen from: MP 3310, 3320, 3330, 4350

III. Related Requirements 12

Two from: ART 2070, 2580, 2590 

One from: MUS 1140, 1170, 1180, 2140 3
One from: MUS 1140, 1170, 1180, 2140 FIN 2050 3
IV. College Requirements  
V. Electives 23-25
Total 124