Department of Film and Theatre Arts

Film Arts and Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Arts housed in the Department of Film and Theatre allows for a choice of two different courses of study—Film Arts and Theatre Arts.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre - Film Arts

  1. Film Arts students should have a fundamental knowledge of film production.
  2. Film Arts students must have a fundamental understanding of film aesthetics and theory.
  3. Provide exceptional Film Arts students with assistance and encouragement to pursue opportunities for advanced degrees and/or professional careers.
  4. Department will maintain a high level of satisfaction with the overall Film Arts program.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre - Film Arts

General Education Requirements
Course Name# Credit Hours  Course Name # Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences2  6
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  Arts Elective4  3
BIOS or Physical Science3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Social Science 6  FORL 2001/1001  3
Electives outside of major 3000+ 6  FORL 1002  (3)5
Electives 16-19  ENGL Literature  6
    Total 37
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FTA 1620  3  FTA 4540, 4541, 4545, 4591  6
FTA 2250, 2260, or 2320  3    
FTA 2510  3  FTA 13006 , 3460, 35107 , 3520, 4566, 45806 , 4600  6
FTA 2565  3  FTA Electives8  20
    Total  44
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
                                                                                                    120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages
  6. Fulfills oral competency
  7. Must take concurrently with FTCA 3511
  8. Select from FTCA 2250, 2260, 2270, 2320(fulfills oral competency), 2335, 2800 (1 hr.), 3460, 3510, 3511 (1 hr.), 3520, 3800 (1 hr.), 4096, 4251, 4333, 4460, 4500, 4530, 4550, 4551 (1 hr.), 4555, 4565, 4566, 4567, 4568, 4570, 4575, 4580, 4591, 4600, 4900 (13 hours must be taken at the 3000-level or higher)

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre - Film Arts

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
FTA  1620  3  FTA 2510  3
MATH  3  MATH  3
Foreign Language  3  Foreign Language  3
Social Science  3  BIOS  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FTA 2565  3  FTA 2250 or 2260 or 2320  3
Foreign Language  3  ENGL Lit Elective  3
ENGL Lit Elective  3  Physical Science  3
Social Science  3  FTA Electives  4
FTA Elective  3  Social Science  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FTA 4540, 4541, 4545, or 4591  3  FTA 4540, 4541, 4545, or 4591  3
Social Science  3  FTA Electives  3
FTA Electives  4  Non-FTA Elective  3
Non-FTA Elective  3  General Electives  7
General Elective  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 16
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FTA Electives  6  FTA Elective  6
General Electives  9  General Electives  5
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 11
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.                   

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre - Theatre Arts

  1. Theatre Arts option students will have a basic skill level in technical areas of theatre.
  2. Theatre Arts students will have a basic understanding of Visual Design.
  3. Theatre Arts option students will have a basic understanding of theatre literature.
  4. Theatre Arts option students will have a basic understanding of theatre performance.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre - Theatre Arts

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher 3  Social Sciences2  6
Science    Arts4  
BIOS3 3  FTA 1005  3
BIOS or Physical Science3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Social Science 6  FORL 2001/1001  3
Electives outside of major 3000+ 6  FORL 1002  (3)5
Electives 19-22  ENGL Literature  3
    Total 37
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FTA 1100  3  FTA 2320  3
FTA 1110  3  FTA 4400  3
FTA 1300  3  FTA 4450 or 4455  3
FTA 1800 (1)  3  FTA Electives  20
FTA 2100 or 2110 or 2160 or 23806  3    
    Total  44
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
  1. "C" or better required.
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  6. Fulfills oral competency requirement.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre - Theatre Arts

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 1031, 1115, or     1125  3  MATH 1032, 1116, or 1125  3
BIOS  3  Bios or other Physical Science  3
Social Science 1XXX  3 FTA 1100  3
FTA 1005  3 FTA 1110  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Foreign Language 1001  3  Foreign Language 1002  3
Social Science 1XXX  3  Social Science 2000+  3
Arts  3  BIOS or Other Physical Science  3
FTA 1300  3  ENGL (Literature)  2
FTA 2100, 2110, 2160, or 2380  3  FTA 1800  1
FTA 1800  1  FTA 2320  3
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Foreign Language 2001  3  Non FTA elective 3000+  3
Social Science 2000+  3  General Elective  3
Non FTA Elective 3000+  3  General Elective  3
FTA Elective  3  FTA Elective  3
FTA 4450 or 4455  3  FTA 4400  3
FTA 1800  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FTA Electives  6  FTA Elective  9
General Electives  9  General Electives  2
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 11
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.                   

Minor in Film and Theatre

Students must complete the following requirements for a Minor in Film and Theatre:

  1. A minimum of 14 credit hours with a grade of C or better in the following courses:
    • Film and Theatre Arts 1005
    • Film and Theatre Arts 1620
    • Film and Theatre Arts 1800(1) and/or (1-2)
    • Film and Theatre Arts 4400
    • Film and Theatre Arts 4540
  2. An additional six hours selected from Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts courses numbered 2000 or above.

Honors in Film and Theatre

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance. The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. Students wishing to graduate with honors in Film and Theatre Arts must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all Film and Theatre Arts courses taken and a cumulative overall grade-point average of 3.50.
  • Completion of Film and Theatre Arts 3099 (Senior Honors Thesis) for six credits, in addition to the usual course requirements for the degree.
  • Satisfactory performance in an oral examination defending the thesis before a committee composed of the thesis director, a representative of the Honors Program, and one other faculty member of the Department of Film and Theatre Arts.