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Introduction to Theatre & Film

Lights! Camera! Action! We live in a world where the art of performance is all around us.

Theatre and film create a world where we can delve into and enjoy the beauty of art and creativity without distractions. A thriving industry, the thing that captivates us about performance is how it allows one to be their most authentic self without judgement.

Film and theatre are thriving industries, both creatively and commercially. This course gives you the chance to explore theatre through theory and practice, critical analysis and practical experiences in production techniques through the study of cinema.

Fields of Theatre & Film

These are the main fields in a Theatre & Film course:

Scriptwriting: A good script is the key to a successful film. Scriptwriting fleshes out the characters, builds the narrative, and outlines all the elements required to deliver a good story. 

Directing: Directors are in charge of the film’s artistic aspect while bringing the script to life. They guide the technical crew, staff, and actors to fulfill the vision from a story into a film.

Camera & Lighting: This is where you will learn how to experiment and utilize different shots. From a bird’s eye angle to a close-up view, camera angles are essential to influence and lend structure to the progression of the story.

Audio Production: Excellent audio quality is just as important as visuals to leave a strong impression. You will learn how to record and produce quality audio for the viewers.

Post-production Editing: After all the scenes are filmed, an editor will need to edit the footage . arrange them together and add in effects in post-production.

What will I study?

From watching a range of films, you’ll understand how cinema entertains, informs and influences its audiences. As a theatre and film student, you will explore the latest theory and practice in both fields, understand how to analyse, critique and appreciate films. These are some of the subjects you will study in Theatre & Film:

  • Film Studies
  • Media & Culture
  • Script Writing
  • Theatre Project
  • Audio-visual Production
  • Directing for the Camera
  • Digital Photography
  • Sound Technology
  • Film Genres
  • Studio Directing
  • Studio Production

What are the skills needed?

To be make a career out of theatre and film, you’ll need these skills to excel in your role, be it as a film director, scriptwriter, cinematographer, or production assistant.


In the film industry, you’ll need the imaginative ability to envision the creation of an idea. You then need to figure out the practical ways to execute your idea into a story that will get people interested. This also applies to other factors of film production and theatre art, as there are times where you will need to improvise on the spot. 


In order to produce a film to completion or execute a creative project, you’ll need to be on the same page with the other people working on it as well. Thus, clear communication skills are absolutely essential to clarify your own artistic vision, or get everyone on the same page. 

Technical Understanding

Working in the theatre and film industry requires having some basic understanding in how the technical process of filmmaking is done. This includes camerawork, lighting, sound, special effects, design, and the post-production process where the final checks are done. You won’t be able to learn all of this at once, however, a course in Theatre & Film will give you a general understanding of it before you choose your specialization.

How long will I study in this course?

Foundation/ A-levels: 1 year

Diploma: 2 years

Degree: 3 years

Master’s Degree: 1- 2 years

PhD: 2-3 years

What are the requirements for this course?

  • Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM/A-Level) or its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 with a credit in Bahasa Melayu and a pass in English at SPM/O-Level 
  • A Recognised Diploma or its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 OR
  • A Recognized Matriculation / Foundation or its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 
  • Equivalent qualification and/or experience which is recognized by the Senate / institution.
  • Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Band 1.
  • A pass in an interview and a drawing test (except for Art and Design Management and History programme). 
  • English Proficiency Requirement for International student
  • IELTS 5.0 OR TOEFL iBT 34 OR TOEFL PBT 410-413 OR CAE160 (Cambridge Advance English) 
  • CPE 180(Cambridge Proficiency English) 
  • CFE 154-161(Cambridge First English) 
  • PTE 36(Pearson Test of English Academic) OR MUET Band 3

What are the job opportunities?

Depending on your area of specialization, here are some of the career options:

  • Production Assistant
  • Videographer
  • Director
  • Music Video Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Documentary Editor
  • Scriptwriter
  • Television Writer
  • Lighting Technician

Estimated fees


  • Foundation /A-Levels: RM9,000 – RM18,000
  • Diploma: RM 36,000- RM60,000
  • Bachelor’s Degree: RM50,000- RM70,000
  • Master’s Degree: RM 25,000- RM 40,000
  • PhD: RM 40, 000 -RM 70,000


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