Film and Performing Arts

Bachelor's Degree Program

Shine on stage, in front of the camera or behind the scenes in our film and performing arts program. Our versatile film and theatre degree features different tracks, including theatre, acting and directing, as well as numerous opportunities for hands-on experience and a unique focus on Indigenous filmmaking.

Work on professional film sets. Star in main-stage productions. Collaborate with experienced professors and community theatre members.

You’ll graduate prepared to succeed professionally in the film and theatre industries, pursue graduate study or become a media or theatre artist.

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Why Study Film and Performing Arts at UAF?

As a film and theatre major at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, you’ll access performing spaces, gain professional experiences and have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the industry, from performance to production design to filmmaking. Our program also places an emphasis on the cultures, lifestyles and environments of Alaska, giving you a unique perspective. Here are more reasons to earn your bachelor’s in film and performing arts at UAF.

Choose your path

Take a core set of three classes and then select a concentration in either film or theatre. You’ll design a course of study around your interests and develop original, creative and critical thinking while you master technical or dramatic skills.

Access performance spaces and professional experiences

UAF offers professional spaces for you to hone your craft, including the Lee H. Salisbury Theatre and the Charles Davis Concert Hall. Gain hands-on experience as you participate in main-stage productions, join student clubs—like the Student Drama Association and UAF Film Club—and work on real film sets.

Graduate prepared for a career

Strong teaching, real experiences and personal attention from professors will prepare you to succeed in media and performing arts industries. Our graduates are professional stage managers, directors and actors who have worked for major cable networks like Discovery and Animal Planet and appeared on national shows such as “Blue Bloods” and “Gossip Girl.”

 

 

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Performing Arts?

Film and theatre majors are prepared for careers in media and performing arts industries, including as stage managers, directors, producers, actors and teachers. Many graduates pursue graduate study or become media or theatre artists.

Career outlook for film and performing arts majors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment for performing artists is projected to grow between 3%-12% from 2016 to 2026.

What is the salary of a film and performing arts major?

Based on recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, performing artists earn an average salary of $59,080.

 

 

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