Film and Theatre Production

Film and Theatre Production is a professionally-oriented program with a strong liberal arts foundation. It brings together faculty and courses from the School of Languages & Cultures, English, Theatre, and Computer Graphics and Technology as well as from Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), and the Elliott Hall of Music. The goal of this program is to help prepare students to meet the new challenges they will encounter as citizens and professionals in the information age, and to qualify them for immediate entry into professional careers or graduate programs in film or theater. The program helps students learn how to analyze, integrate, and apply the theories that form the basis of the film/video discipline, and to work in a practical, professional capacity.

Points of Pride

  • Purdue’s Hall of Music Productions (Elliott Hall of Music), taking advantage of its excellent staff, equipment, venues, and real-world environment, teaches some of the production courses in this major. Hall of Music Productions has won ADDY awards from the Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals for graphic design and effects for sporting events, DVD cover designs, and promotion posters. The group has also earned Telly Awards (for outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs) for video produced for the Jumbotron. the Theatre Division of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts contributes additional courses and practica related to acting, directing, costuming, lighting, sound, and other matters crucial to film production.
  • Film and Video Students have worked as interns and externs and in various capacities with sports and entertainment organizations and individuals ranging from the CMA Music Festival to the tours of Jimmy Buffett, Hilary Duff, Hootie and the Blowfish, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and with corporations such as Ford, Qwest, and Verizon.
  • In 2009, the first Senior Capstone Film Project in Community Service was completed. A team of five students created an exercise video for children aged 3-5 in conjunction with the TippecanoeCommunity and Family Resource Center/Head Start/Early Head Start.


  • Television Production
  • Theatre Production
  • Film Critic
  • Entertainment Careers
  • Graduate or Professional School
  • Many other positions in business/management, not necessarily related to film, that capitalize on students’ broad-based liberal arts skills set developed in this major.

Plan of Study

See Plan of Study for list of courses on Page 3.

A. The following courses are required (12)

FVS 26100 Technical Video Production I
ENGL 38600 History of Film to 1938
ENGL 38700 History of Film from 1938 to present
THTR 13300 Survey of Acting for Non Theatre Majors (Aesthetic Awareness)

B. TWO courses in Cinema of different cultures (6)

C. TWO courses in Genral Cinema and Film Studies (6)
(Courses may be used as long as the course was NOT used to satisfy the requirement for Section B)

D. SEVEN additional courses (21)

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Print Plan of Study

Film and Video Studies

Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

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