Theatre : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BFA, Minor
Concentrations: Performance (BFA), Design/Technology (BFA)

Advisement

First-semester students are required to meet with the departmental academic advisor.

Theatre - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in the prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TH 108 Basic Acting I
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 203 Visual Imagination

Required Courses

TH 201 Script Analysis
TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I
TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II
One design course (choose from TH 303 Scene Design, TH 306 Costume Design, or TH 332 Lighting Design I)
A total of 24 additional credits to include the following:
TH electives: A minimum of 9 credit hours from one area, such as literature, acting, design/technology or directing
Two 200/300-level TH practicums
Two dramatic literature courses

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major51
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 41
Additional Credits Required for Electives 28
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

Placement in dance and performance courses is based on auditions. Performance is an option each semester. Please note that schedule does not include performance credits.

FIRST YEAR
Fall TH 101, TH 108, TH 106, TH 135, Language 1, ENG 101, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring TH 201, TH 203, one 200/300-level TH practicum, Language 2, ENG 201 or Humanities

SECOND YEAR
Fall TH 301, 200/300-level TH practicum, Natural Science 1, UGC 111, TH elective(s)
Spring TH 302, TH 303 or 332 or 306; Natural Science 2, UGC 112, TH elective(s)
Fall or Spring One design course (TH 303 or TH 332 in the fall or TH 306 in the spring)

THIRD YEAR
Fall Dramatic Literature course, Math, TH elective(s), free elective(s)*
Spring Dramatic Literature course, Social Science, TH elective(s), free elective(s)*

FOURTH YEAR
Fall TH electives, American Pluralism, free elective(s)*
Spring TH electives, Depth, free elective(s)*

*number of free electives needed is dependent upon TH electives completed

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Identify major figures and events from theatre history, theory and criticism
  • Define and use appropriate critical vocabulary of theatre arts, including script analysis, acting, and design terminology
  • Critically read, interpret, and evaluate a range of representative plays and situate representative plays and performance events within larger cultural and historical movements
  • Construct and articulate in speech and writing a compelling thesis about theatre history, literature, or theory using acquired research skills and critical vocabulary
  • Integrate the concerns of actors, directors, and designers into a collaborative process
  • Electives and Course Groupings

    TH 212 Improv for Storytellers
    TH 220 Performing America
    TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
    TH 315 Modern Theatre I
    TH 316 Modern Theatre II
    TH 320 American Drama
    TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
    TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
    TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed
    TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
    TH 464 Black Theatre
    TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre
    TH 466 Women in Theatre
    TH 467 Life of the Drama
    TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
    TH 478 Arthur Miller
    TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage
    TH 481 Irish Dramatists
    TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

    Theatre Performance - B.F.A.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Audition and acceptance into the University
    Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall
    Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses
    Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses
    Letter of intent
    Interview with program director at the end of the first year

    Prerequisite Courses

    TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
    TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
    TH 108 Basic Acting I
    TH 109 Basic Acting II
    TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
    TH 203 Visual Imagination

    Required Courses

    MTR 220 Beginning Musical Theatre Dance
    TH 208 Method Acting I
    TH 209 Method Acting II
    TH 227 Voice Training I
    TH 228 Voice Training II
    TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I
    TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II
    TH 308 Poetic Text
    TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors
    TH 401 Directing 1
    TH 408 Audition Techniques
    TH 409 Acting in Shakespeare
    THD 213 Ballet 1
    THD 263 Jazz 1
    THD 381 Social Dance
    One design course (choose from TH 303 Scene Design I, TH 306 Costume Design I, or TH 332 Lighting Design I)
    Three 200/300-level TH practicums
    Two dramatic literature courses
    Three studio-performance courses
    Choose TWO performance-based courses from the following:
    TH 411, 412, 413, 414 Theatre Workshop
    TH 420 Intro to Lloyd Richards
    TH 427 Voice & Movement
    TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
    TH 478 Arthur Miller
    TH 480 Shakespeare On Stage
    TH 481 Irish Dramatists
    TH 482 Chekhov
    TH 483 Ibsen

    Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major86
    Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 31
    Additional Credits Required for Electives 3
    Total Credits Required for Degree 120

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

    Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

    Placement in performance courses is based on auditions.
    Performance is an option each semester.


    FIRST YEAR
    Fall TH 101, TH 108, TH 106 and TH 135, THD 213, THD 263, ENG 101 or 102, Language, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
    Spring TH 109, TH 203, one 200/300-level TH practicum, ENG 201 or Humanities, Math

    SECOND YEAR
    Fall TH 208, TH 227, TH 301, one 200/300-level TH practicum, TH 303 or 332*, Studio Performance, UGC 111
    Spring TH 209, TH 228, TH 302, one 200/300-level TH practicum, TH 306*, UGC 112

    THIRD YEAR
    Fall MTR 220, TH 308, Dramatic Literature course**; one TH or THD elective, Studio Performance, American Pluralism
    Spring TH 309, TH 409, Dramatic Literature**, one TH or THD elective; Studio Performance, Depth

    FOURTH YEAR
    Fall TH 408, Studio Performance, 400 level performance-based courses, Natural Science 1
    Spring Studio Performance, 400 level performance-based courses, Natural Science 2, Social Science, two free electives

    * TH 303 or 332 if taken in fall or 306 if taken in spring (only one is required)
    ** One or both of these may be taken in the fourth year.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Achieve a visceral as well as theoretical comprehension of the technical, academic and creative skill-sets requisite to securing employment at the beginning levels of the acting profession, and acceptance into recognized MFA graduate programs
  • Employ their experience in the creative research laboratory process to analyze, synthesize and evaluate the application of practical skills to conceptual theatrical phenomena
  • Collaborate successfully in the creation of innovative and interdisciplinary projects and experimental initiatives
  • Assimilate a broad knowledge of the history, and development of contemporary methodologies of acting and performance techniques
  • Utilize problem-solving skills and apply critical thinking in the exploration of analytical and experiential solutions to problems and challenges in Theatre Performance
  • Electives and Course Groupings

    Dramatic Literature Courses

    TH 201 Script Analysis
    TH 220 Performing America
    TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
    TH 315 Modern Theatre I
    TH 316 Modern Theatre II
    TH 320 American Drama
    TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
    TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
    TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed
    TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
    TH 464 Black Theatre
    TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre
    TH 466 Women in Theatre
    TH 467 Life of the Drama
    TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
    TH 478 Arthur Miller
    TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage
    TH 481 Irish Dramatists
    TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

    Electives

    TH 402 Directing 2
    TH 485 Playwriting Workshop
    THD 214 Ballet 2
    THD 264 Jazz Dance 2

    Theatre Design/Technology - B.F.A.

    Acceptance Criteria

    Acceptance into the University
    Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall
    Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses
    Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite courses
    Portfolio review
    Letter of intent
    Interview with program director

    Prerequisite Courses

    TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
    TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre
    TH 108 Basic Acting I
    TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
    TH 203 Visual Imagination

    Required Courses

    TH 107 Costume Construction
    TH 201 Script Analysis
    TH 205 Drafting
    TH 230 Theatre Crafts
    TH 300 Stage Management
    TH 301 Theatre History and Literature I
    TH 302 Theatre History and Literature II
    TH 303 Scene Design
    TH 306 Costume Design
    TH 331 Problems in Tech Theatre
    TH 332 Lighting Design
    Four 200/300-level TH practicums

    Two courses form the following: TH 403 Scene Design 2, TH 406 Costume Design 2, TH 433 Lighting Design 2, TH 440 Study in Design or Technology, TH 496 Arts Management Internship

    Two Dramatic Literature survey courses such as: TH 220 Performing America, TH 314 Intro to Dramaturgy, TH 315 Modern Theatre 1, TH 316 Modern Theatre 2, TH 320 American Drama, TH 468 Sources for Modern Theatre, TH 325 Performance and the Critic, etc.

    Choose one of the following: TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors, THD 381 Social Dance, THD 400 Creative Movement or TH 416 Mask

    TH 401 Directing 1 or TH 485 Playwriting Workshop
    TH 349 Technical Studio
    TH 390 Design Resources
    TH 439 Studies in Design or Technology

    Three courses from the same department other than Theatre & Dance

    Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major75
    Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 31
    Additional Credits Required for Electives 14
    Total Credits Required for Degree 120

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

    Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

    FIRST YEAR
    Fall TH 101, TH 106, TH 108, TH 135, TH 203, ENG 101 or 102, Language, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
    Spring TH 107, TH 205, one 200/300-level TH practicum, ENG 201 or Humanities, Math

    SECOND YEAR
    Fall TH 201, TH 300, TH 301, TH 303 or TH 332, one 200/300-level TH practicum, UGC 111
    Spring TH 302, TH 203, TH 306*, one 200/300-level TH practicum, UGC 112

    THIRD YEAR
    Fall TH 303 or 332, TH 331, TH 349, one 200/300-level TH practicum, Dramatic Literature, American Pluralism
    Spring TH 403 or 433 or 440; TH 390, TH 439, Dramatic Literature, one course from another major*, Depth

    FOURTH YEAR
    Fall TH 406 or 440; TH 401 or 485; one course from another major*, Social Science, Natural Science 1
    Spring TH 309, THD 400, TH 416, one course from another major*, Natural Science 2

    *Three courses from the same department other than Theatre and Dance

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

    Scenographic Practice
    (Theatrical Design: Costumes, light, Projection, Sets, and Sound)
  • Visual Imagination - Simultaneity of analytical and abstract thinking used to produce art in response to a text. Fearlessness in artistic expression based on ability to clearly articulate a design concept
  • Graphic Communication Clarity of design ideas expressed through visuals: drafts, renderings, and models, light plots, etc
  • Research Methods - Period Styles; Use of resources (print & digital) effectively to support a design idea

  • Theatrical Production
    (Fabrication and Engineering of Elements and Systems for the Stage)
  • Materiality
  • Craftsmanship
  • Ability to move the theoretical to reality, nimbly as revision of design idea is required; flexibly as multiple solutions to a technical problem are explored
  • Identifying high and low tech solutions to design problems, and knowing the value of one over the other
  • Understandings the role of aesthetics in the engineering of clothes and scenery, appreciating the importance of function (as in physical requirements) and appearance (as to appropriately communicate a design idea to an audience)

  • Organization and time management
  • Ability to bring thought to action
  • Interpersonal dynamics: ability to listen and be heard
  • Situation assessment and ability to formulate questions
  • Supporting an ensemble and honoring the importance of the individual (essential cog in the production engine)
  • Ability to create a prompt book, show bible, working drawings, and signal paths

  • Collaboration
  • Establishing good working relationships such as:
  • -Between the performer, space, sound and light in order to ,I, convey theme/story/idea
    -Between designer and technician(a shop)
    -Working outside your comfort zone; ability to dovetail your thinking to someone else's point of view
    -Visual storytelling

    Production Theory & Protocol
  • Industry standards as set forth by: Actors' Equity Association, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, League of Resident Theatres, United Scenic Artists, the United States Institute for Theatre Technologies, Broadway and National Tours
  • Observation learning as industry professionals cross-pollinate with students in lab environments
  • Electives and Course Groupings

    Dramatic Literature Courses

    TH 220 Performing America
    TH 315 Modern Theatre I
    TH 316 Modern Theatre II
    TH 320 American Drama
    TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
    TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
    TH 410 Theatre of the Oppressed
    TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
    TH 464 Black Theatre
    TH 465 Iberoamerican Theatre
    TH 466 Women in Theatre
    TH 467 Life of the Drama
    TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
    TH 478 Arthur Miller
    TH 480 Shakespeare on Stage
    TH 481 Irish Dramatists
    TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

    Studio Design Tech Courses

    TH 346 Costume Design Studio
    TH 347 Scene Design Studio
    TH 348 Lighting Design Studio
    TH 349 Technical Studio
    TH 350 Properties Studio

    Theatre - Minor

    Required Courses

    TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
    TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre and TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
    TH 108 Basic Acting I
    One 300/400-level theatre history and/or literature course
    Minimum of 9 further credit hours at the 200/300 level, none of which may be studios or independent studies

    Minor Credit Requirements Chart
    Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 22

    Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    Updated: 02 Sep 2014 06:07:42 EDT