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What is a major for becoming a director?


Amy McElroy, Law School Graduate, Writer, Editor, Parent of Child Interviewing for Colleges

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I interpreted your question a third way, meaning a theater director, in which case you would generally major in theater. Regardless, depending on the classes offered at Spelman and what you mean by "Director," you should choose the major that has classes that would apply most directly to the career you want to pursue and perhaps prepare you for graduate school if you are considering that path.

For example, the theater department may have extensive classes in character development and directing. But the film major may be more focused on the history of film and film criticism. So, even if you want to pursue film direction--because you are already at a specific school--you need to work with their curriculum.

Depending on what is offered, talk to the heads of the departments in the various majors you are considering and get their perspective. If neither major fits precisely what you are looking for, ask an academic advisor about creating an interdisciplinary major to combine two or more fields, so you can take classes in more than one department to create a major that meets your needs. More and more colleges are allowing that these days. Double majors and minors also create alternative solutions when you can't find the exact major you are seeking at a particular school. Good luck!

Ronald Reis, Founder, YOUniversityTV

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If you are referring to a Director in motion pictures, à la Stephen Speilberg, than you want to attend a college or university that offers degrees in Film and Television or Cinematic Arts. There are several great schools that offer these programs such as Florida State University, USC, NYU and UCLA, among others.

I have been a director on shoots across the country and can advise you that the most beneficial courses will teach you about: - Script writing - Story boarding - Photography/Videography - Lighting - Audio - Editing - TV & Film History and Genres - Performance (Acting) - Animation

There should be a great deal of hands-on work along with theory. Emphasis should be placed on writing and visually telling a great story. By graduation, you should have performed all the functions of pre-production, production and post-production.

All personalities call excel in this industry but you MUST be creative and able to effectively manage others.

Best of luck and contact me if you have any further questions.

Dr. Aaron Smith, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Currently Program Director at Aviation Academy, Co-Author of Awakening Your STEM School

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This question was not found in Spelman College. So I did some reasearch and found this site to give a better overview.

Typically a Ph.D. in musical programs like conducting, music theory, music composition, or in a specific instrument is the norm. A school music director requires at least a bachelor's degree in a music-related field and a state-issued teaching credential.

A fine arts music director should have experience in orchestras - prior conducting is essential, and many directors were once featured or principal soloists. Meanwhile, a school director of music needs people skills befitting a teaching position.

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