Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies

General

Program Description

We live in a world where performance is everywhere. From Hollywood films to Fringe theatre productions, from political rallies to smartphone videos, we relate to the world by performing and by observing the performances of others. Opportunities to analyze and consciously create performances, Theatre & Film Performance Studies prepare students to succeed in our increasingly complex social world.

Theatre and Film Studies is a liberal arts program that integrates critical analysis with experiential learning. We study performance in a range of media, cultures, and historical periods. Students learn to critically engage with the processes of conception, design, production, and reception of theatre, film, performance art, video art, and with the performativity of our everyday lives. Our experiential learning courses use current devised theatre practices to engage students with performance through studio work and public productions. All our courses encourage students to adopt inventive and critical perspectives on creative processes and foster collaborative understandings of artistic creation.

Students in the Theatre & Film Performance Studies program learn to integrate:

  • Critical and creative learning,
  • Leading and collaborating,
  • Self-reflection and social consciousness,
  • Purposeful action and adaptability,
  • As well as to embrace the benefits of a diversity of cultural understandings.

Students from our program succeed in a wide range of professions, including academics, actors, art administrators, community leaders, theatre directors, playwrights, film producers and directors, television announcers, lawyers, librarians, doctors, and teachers.

Our Vision

Empower students to act as engaged global citizens who contribute to the transformative roles of the arts in society.

Our Mission

To offer niche programs in Art, Art History, Music and Theater & Film Studies is an interdisciplinary School of the Arts supported by staff and faculty dedicated to high-quality teaching and research. Through a close connection with faculty, we promote excellence in artistic production in all its diverse forms, as well as critical, theoretical analysis and study in historical and contemporary contexts.

Our Values

Through creative arts practices, critical analysis, and experiential learning we ignite curiosity and inspire students to question and engage as contributors in their immediate communities and broader society. Our values are rooted in a commitment to diversity and multi-faceted learning experiences.

Programs in Theatre & Film Studies

Theatre & Film Studies is a liberal arts program that integrates critical analysis with experiential learning. We study performance in a range of media, cultures, and historical periods. Students learn to critically engage with the processes of conception, design, production, and reception of theatre, film, performance art, video art, and with the performativity of our everyday lives. Our experiential learning courses use current devised theatre practices to engage students with performance through studio work and public productions. All our courses encourage students to adopt inventive and critical perspectives on creative processes and foster collaborative understandings of artistic creation.

Note Students registered in Honours Theatre & Film Studies are encouraged to complete elective courses in related art forms.

Careers for majors in Theatre & Film Studies

Actor, performance artist

Director, writer, designer

Television and Film production

Arts administration

Teaching at all levels

Media Industry

Promotions, Sales and Marketing

Lawyer

The Theatre & Film Experience

Students in the Theatre & Film program don't just study theatre, they also experience it. Find out more from our students and instructors.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

McMaster University is located in the city of Hamilton, in the province of Ontario, Canada. We are one of the top 75 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019), ranked 2nd ... Read More

McMaster University is located in the city of Hamilton, in the province of Ontario, Canada. We are one of the top 75 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019), ranked 2nd in the world for global impact (Times Higher Education Impact ranking, based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations), and we are the #1 research intensive university in Canada. McMaster is known for our teaching model: a student-centered, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, a model that has been adopted world-wide. Read less