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Digital Film and Video for Actors Minor

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A collaborative program between the communication studies and theatre arts departments, the digital film and video for actors minor provides a foundation in media production, screenwriting, and creative performance in front of the camera along with related electives from both departments to prepare you for on- and off- camera roles.

Why should I study digital film and video for actors?

Students pursuing an on-screen career require instruction unique to their field—incorporating a combination of acting techniques from both theatre and film. They also benefit from exposure to media production skills suited to the demands of digital film and streaming media. 

In preparation for an acting career, students acquire interdisciplinary skills, and—most importantly—the ability to bring stories to life and relate to others on a profound level. A combination of acting skills and critical analytical skills will serve students in all aspects of their lives as they go on to make an impact in various media industries.

What can I do with this degree?

This minor is for students who want to work as actors in the film and video production industry or as television anchors in broadcast journalism roles. Graduates can also find success in fields such as: 

  • Theatre acting
  • Film and commercial acting
  • Coaching actors
  • Content creation
  • Screenwriting
  • Branded media

What skills will I develop?

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Artistic expression
  • Storytelling
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Understanding and empathy
  • Media production skills

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Gain real-world experience

With studies in both communication and theatre, you’ll have opportunities to participate in the creation of digital films on location and in theatrical productions that span a wide range of periods and genres.

Learn from experienced film professionals

Our professors are experienced teachers and have had many professional successes in their own right. Most recently, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Nicholaus Swedlund's screenplay, titled JUNK, was a semifinalist in The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2017 competition. JUNK was also a top ten finalist in the FilmNorth Screenwriting Residency Competition (Minnesota) in 2017.

Benefit from cross-departmental collaboration

You'll build strong relationships with the communication studies and theatre arts departments, which will support your professional growth and enhance your social and academic life on campus. You may also choose to further your discipline by taking additional film studies classes through the English department.

Earn a theatre scholarship

The theatre arts department offers a $2,000 yearly, renewable Theatre Arts Scholarship open to any students majoring or minoring in theatre, or interested in being involved in productions. Learn more about application procedures on the scholarship page.

Bethel students have won more research awards at regional scholarly undergraduate conferences than any other university in the Midwest.


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