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Herberger College of Fine Arts announces new School of Theatre and Film

December 02, 2005

TEMPE, AZ - The ASU Herberger College of Fine Arts announced today that it received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) to begin operating a School of Theatre and Film.

The college proposed reorganizing its Department of Theatre to reflect its expanded role in ASU's new Bachelor of Arts degree in Film. The degree has two concentrations: Film and Media Production, provided by the Herberger College School of Theatre and Film, and Film and Media Studies, provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"We look forward to serving the needs of ASU students interested in film and media production," said Linda Essig, director of the School of Theatre and Film. "The school will add new faculty and facilities over the next three years to teach an expanded range of production-oriented film courses."

F. Miguel Valenti, Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts and coordinator of the new Film and Media Production concentration, said this combination of film production and ethical decision-making is in sync with ASU's status as the New American University. "I look forward to helping draw film to Arizona, to making ASU a nexus of quality production talent in the state and to providing ASU students with quality education."

Examples of classes to be offered by the School of Theatre and Film include: Principles of Dramatic Analysis; Directing for Film; Sex and Violence in Film and Television (Ethics and Entertainment); and Screenwriting and Film Post-Production.

The Herberger College School of Theatre and Film provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the creative writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit