About the School of Stage and Screen

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Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen is one of three schools within the College of Fine and Performing Arts. Through our dynamic academic programs, students of the School can become immersed in film and TV production, musical theatre or theatre arts and dance.

The School of Stage and Screen offers a variety of undergraduate degree concentrations and minors that combine concepts and theories with hands-on experience both inside and outside the classroom through faculty-student collaborations, internships and cooperative work experiences. Our average student-to-teacher ratio is approximately 1 to 11.

Additionally, students have access to WCU’s cutting-edge technology and facilities, including a world-class digital TV and recording studio in WCU’s Center for Applied Technology and a 1,000-seat theatre in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. There are also a variety of opportunities for students to be involved in productions presented by the WCU Stage and Screen Mainstage Season throughout the academic year.

Our Mission

The School of Stage and Screen’s primary mission is to prepare students to work in the art, craft, and business of film and theatre. As one of the few programs to combine Film and Television Production, Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre within a single unit, the School of Stage and Screen believes in the power of collaboration, both among our own students and those (such as musicians, designers, and graphic artists) in other disciplines.

  • We place a strong emphasis on narrative, believing the ability to tell a story is essential to each of our disciplines.
  • We maintain a strong emphasis on technique, but we believe technique must ultimately be in service to the artwork.
  • We recognize that in a time of great technical innovation we must provide our students with the breadth of knowledge and creative strategies to adapt to whatever new technologies may emerge.
  • We believe students should understand the tradition from which our work comes, placing it within its historical, social and critical contexts.
  • We believe in a faculty of practitioners who are devoted to their disciplines and have real-world experience as artists.
  • We believe our students should understand the whole process, even though they may only work in one segment of it.
  • We believe in the power of art to transform both the audience and the artist.
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