Theatre and Electronic Media Performance—BA
Acting is not just for stage and film. Emerging technologies create more opportunities to perform. Michigan Tech’s program integrates traditional theatre studies with electronic media performance. Our graduates are well-rounded performers qualified to work in theatre, film, video, digital arts, video-game voice-over—wherever their careers take them.
Do an audio play. Join a mainstage production, or a media project. At Michigan Tech, you start performing from Day One.
First-year practicum is only the start. Theatre and electronic media performance (TEMP) majors hone performance skills in stage productions, radio dramas, and television sitcoms. They work on TV and radio commercials, as video-game characters, and in other voice acting projects.
Actors typically earn half of their living outside the theatre—a diverse skill set means more job prospects.
- Develop your talents and refine technique through high-tech training at state-of-the-art performance venues including Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the black box McArdle Theatre.
- Log significant time onstage and in the studio—more than what is required by many comparable programs.
- Limited enrollment means more time with professors, professors, advisors, and equipment.
- Learn and create in our department's computer lab, equipped with the latest entertainment-dedicated programs.
What kinds of projects will I do in school?
The creativity never stops.
- Perform in live theatre productions including contemporary dramas and comedies, classical plays, children’s theatre, and musicals.
- Play a role in media projects: documentary and training films, radio dramas, radio and television commercials, and student film projects.
How does Michigan Tech help me start my career?
- Your professional portfolio: You start your portfolio your first semester, and continue to develop it during your time on campus. You'll move forward on your career path with a solid, cohesive, professional presentation of who you are, what you want to do, and what you have to offer.
- One-on-one academic guidance: You and your advisor talk in-depth at least once each semester to discuss your program, progress, and what you need to do to stay on track to graduate. The meetings also shape your production experiences at Michigan Tech.
- Career advice: You and your advisor discuss career options and post-graduation goals. Your advisor assists you in finding internships—skills you can apply to job searches when you graduate.
- Connections: You regularly network at professional conferences to meet industry professionals—upperclassmen present their work. Opportunities to apprentice or intern at local radio and TV stations also increase your employability.
What will I do after graduation?
Our program promotes entrepreneurship—the potential is boundless. We teach students to discover new avenues of employment. Our graduate work in theatre, film, video, digital arts, video-game voice-over, audio-book narration, theme-park entertainment, and mass media, including radio and TV.
Graduates employ methods of creative analysis to understand how aural arts are used as meaningful expressions of the human experience:
- They apply foundational analytical skills to recognize and interpret quality works of art.
- They apply appropriate tropes, elements of design, and musical structure to analysis of their own and others' works.
- They use a focused, methodical approach to answering important questions.
Graduates apply a diverse set of artistic techniques to create sound designs:
- They apply foundational elements and principles of design and structure to create sound in varied media.
- They demonstrate foundational applied skills and techniques in sound and audio.
- They present the body of their design and technical work in an organized and artistic manner.
- They demonstrate the ability to modify their work after external and self-evaluation.
Graduates apply knowledge of the context and evolution of diverse artistic media to create sound designs:
- They understand the history and evolution of sound design.
- They demonstrate a familiarity with benchmark works in the artistic canon of sound, music, theater, and film.
- They evaluate works in artistic, cultural and historical context.
- They apply historical artistic forms and tropes to their own artistic practices.
Graduates apply scientific and technological principles to support work in sound design:
- They understand the scientific foundations relevant to sound and audio.
- They apply informed experimentation as a tool in solving artistic challenges.
- They demonstrate a working knowledge of current technology that supports work in sound and audio.
- They demonstrate flexibility in the use of new and emerging technologies.
Graduates demonstrate professional skills when engaging the arts and entertainment industry:
- They familiarize themselves with the diverse industries in sound design and related fields.
- They understand basic structures and organization in the entertainment industry.
- They communicate using the diverse modes of industry standard communication.
- They participate in important industry-related organizations.
- They evaluate their work within the context of the work of peers and professionals in their field.