About the School of Stage and Screen



Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, one of three Schools within the College of Fine and Performing Arts, is a unique comprehensive and competitive training ground for students seeking to work within the entertainment industry. Through our dynamic academic programs, students of the School can become immersed in performing on stage or in front of the camera, backstage, or behind the camera.  Students admitted in to the School of Stage and Screen will find themselves crossing over frequently in practice and in production between theatre and film.  

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, student-lead productions, internships and cooperative work experiences. 

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

To spark creativity, facilitate innovation, and cultivate artists who are confident and prepared to succeed in the entertainment industry.

Confirmed Values: 

1. We believe in the power of storytelling to transform both the audience and the artist. 

2. We surround our students with practitioners who are devoted to their disciplines and have real-world experience as artists. 

3. We encourage our students to possess an understanding of the comprehensive process in an immersive mentored environment where students learn by doing. 

4. We place a strong emphasis on technique and industry standards and their vital role in serving the artistic process. 

5. We believe students should be cognizant of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of the art form. 

6. We celebrate diverse people, perspectives, and cultural influences.  

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