Informational Flyer – The program will start Fall of 2017. Information is not up at the UGF website, so for now it is here.
Intent and Fields of Study – Please fill out this PDF form and submit it so we know what your primary interests are.
Apply to UGF – It’s free to apply, and once accepted, you can receive up to $250 towards a trip to see our campus.
So what are you waiting for?
Theatre is something you love, something you are passionate about, something you want to pursue. However, most theatre programs only focus on teaching the art and leave their graduates ill-prepared to understand how to go about building their career in the arts. In addition, many acting graduates will find continual full-time employment in other fields.
At the University of Great Falls, through combining a strong business education with theatrical training, you will learn to treat your career like the entrepreneurial business that it is. You will also develop a solid understanding of the unique skills you can bring to the traditional work force if you decide that a career as an artist is ultimately not for you.
We will focus on developing your skills and perseverance to search for opportunities to practice and showcase your talents. We will do everything possible to build your competitive mindset while at the same time fostering the spirit of teamwork needed in this field. If you wish to pursue a more traditional route of employment, we will highlight all of the different ways your skills can make you a desirable addition to another business’ team.
In this world where change is continual and fast-paced, you will understand that a degree is not the end of your education, but rather the start of a lifetime committed to self-study and continuing education. We will provide the opportunity for you to develop the skills needed to obtain your first jobs, and a strong self-understanding of your strengths and weaknesses to focus on for your further educational pursuits.
After years of assembling our program, I was pleased to find other Theatre and Arts professors were wanting some of the same things from Performing Arts programs. Here is one article from The Chronicle talking about this need.
sonal marketing plan: You need to be able to articulate how you plan to accomplish your goals in a competitive marketplace. Whether you plan on pursuing a career in the arts, or using your creativity and education to bring a unique perspective to another occupation, you will lay out the steps you intend to take to reach your goals.
or interviewing to be hired by a company is not the only pathway to success. There are other ways to be pro-active in ensuring your success and other “markets” to which you can expose your talents and consistently move your career plan forward.
Intro to Dramatic Literature
2 Electives from the Following:
Creative Writing: Fiction
Practicum activities may include:
Theatre Lab I & II
Students will work collaboratively to create a piece of devised theatre. Students will write, direct, perform and promote the production. Subject matter and performance style will change from class to class. Emphasis will be placed on furthering theories learned in Intro to Acting and Dramatic Literature.
Arts and Entertainment Economics
Students will learn to apply the tools of economics to the arts and entertainment industry. The industry is wide ranging and includes book publishing, live theater, the movie industry, television, sports and many other areas. Students will show an understanding of the underlying forces driving the separate industries within the field.
Art of Persuasion
Various styles of persuasion will be covered, including debate styles, job interview techniques, volunteer recruitment and pitching to investors. Students who finish this course will understand techniques that work in one situation may not work in another; the effectiveness of any technique is situational. Students will have various methods at their disposal and know where their usage will be strongest.
Managing Non-Traditional Workforces
Managers in the arts will often encounter various alternative workforces; whether visiting artists-in-residence, community volunteers or temperamental personalities. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the both the techniques of management, but also the human resource related issues created in non-standard work environments, such as movie sets or sports teams.
Portfolio and Social Media
Students will learn different ways of promoting their talents through social media. The will assemble the proper portfolio/resume/cv to provide to prospective employers/clients. A practical guide to managing a career as an artist. How to present yourself professionally, be selective in choosing opportunities, and make smart choices in the real world. They will also develop their own personal marketing plan for their career of choice.
Interested in what a major in Theatre and Business Arts could do for you?
Contact program director, Michael Gilboe at
email@example.com, or 406-403-8323
and he’ll set up a time to talk with you about your individual needs.
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