Academics Minor in Theatre, Film or Dance
Minor in Theatre:
A minor requires a minimum of 15 units, nine of which must be upper division. A minimum 2.0 (C) grade-point average is required. Courses used for a minor can be used for general education and a major. Areas of study may include, but are limited to: theatre design, theatre production, performance, acting, dramatic literature, film, and dance. Students choosing a minor in Theatre Arts design individualized programs with the guidance/approval of an advisor. To pursue the Theatre Arts minor, first contact a departmental advisor.
Steeped within the traditions of independent filmmaking, students learn the fundamentals of fiction and non-fiction film production techniques through a production-based program inspired by independent motion picture production and creative avenues through evolving digital technologies. Our curriculum integrates hands-on production work with film studies grounded in a liberal arts education that fosters ethical storytellers who artfully explore the human condition in creative ways.
With a focus on the environment, social change, natural history and science filmmaking, students are encouraged to develop films that will identify and reach underserved audiences that exist outside mainstream media and commercial venues. Students work in 16mm and digital video. All aspects of the program stress professionalism with an emphasis on quality as well as collaborative and creative processes.
In just the last decade, digital media has changed the way audiences consume media and the way filmmakers make and deliver it. The Film Minor trains students from the sciences, arts and humanities as an independent voice that is part of the change advocated by HSU’s mission statement. The combination of a major in the arts, humanities, sciences or social science and a film minor empowers students to better disseminate their research to new and underserved audiences, which in turn positively impacts social change.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate fundamental aesthetically-driven technical skills essential to 16mm filmmaking and/or digital media production.
- Students will develop films grounded in ethical storytelling and production processes.
- Students will apply creative problem solving and collaborative practices in their work.
- Students will integrate film vocabulary and analyze film studies around the world through effective writing.
- Students will synthesize knowledge and skills through the creation and completion of short films.
Requirements for the Minor
F = offered fall only
S = spring only
A = offered alternate years as funding permits
Total unit requirement: 20 units
FILM 315 Filmmaking I [FS]
FILM 375 Filmmaking II [S]
Two of the following (8 units)
FILM 305 & FILM 317 (Satisfies UDGE Area C) [F] or
FILM 306 & FILM 318 (Satisfies UDGE Area C) [S] or
FILM 465 Film Seminar [FA]
One of the following (4 units)
FILM 360 Science, Environment and Natural History Digital Production [SA] or
FILM 362 Social Change Digital Production [SA]
Minor in Dance:
Minors develop an understanding of dance as an art form and as a unique cultural and social expression. Students also attain a cumulative knowledge of dance as a history of the world and its people. Students develop skills in physical techniques, creative process, collaboration and performance. Dance minors are encouraged to participate in informal and mainstage dance performances.
The program must be approved by the dance minor advisor. 18 units are required for the minor. Transfer students must complete nine units at HSU; three lower division and six upper division units.
Dance Minor Advisor:
For curriculum and specific course requirements for a minor in Theatre Arts go to the HSU Catalog.