The Department of Theater, Film, and Television is a learning community dedicated to the study and practice of theatrical and cinematic arts. Department faculty train and mentor students in writing, directing, producing, acting, and criticism, combining mastery of craft with scholarship. The program encourages the artistic and spiritual growth of students and the exploration of their calling from a thoughtful and culturally engaged Christian worldview.
The Department of Theater, Film, and Television offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for the Stage and Screen and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts Production; both are intensive four-year training degrees designed to equip students for professional careers. Bachelor of Arts degrees are also offered in Theater Arts and in Cinematic Arts with concentrations in Screenwriting or Critical Studies. In addition, students from other majors can earn minors in screenwriting, critical studies, or theater arts.
The department produces five faculty-directed theater productions annually and several smaller student-directed productions. Additionally, several off-campus performance opportunities exist: The Azusa Renaissance Project, a community outreach program that brings theater to the city of Azusa, and the Senior Hollywood Showcase, which introduces select members of the graduating class to the Hollywood industry.
The department hosts many major film events each year including First Mondays and Third Wednesdays, monthly symposia of industry professionals, alumni, and students, and the APU Film Premiere Night, which screens advanced student projects to the public. In addition, the student-run Azusa Film Society hosts the popular annual 48-Hour Film Festival. Each year, the department co-sponsors numerous student film projects. Recent APU student films have won dozens of awards at nationally competitive film festivals. APU alumni are working professionals at major studios, television networks, agencies, and throughout the Hollywood industry, and have performed on Broadway with national touring companies and in regional theaters.