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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

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 1
TH 302 Theatre History 2
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:
-2 dramatic literature courses (min. 6 credits)
-3 courses in one area of concentration: acting, directing, dramaturgy, design/tech, or dramatic literature and writing (min. 9 credits) at least 15 credits should be taken at 300-level or above.
-Two 200/300-level TH practicums


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

Performance and production opportunities are available in each semester. Placement in dance and performance courses, as well as design/tech positions are is based on auditions/interviews. Please note that schedule does not include performance/production credits.

FIRST YEAR
Fall: TH 101, TH 106, TH 108, TH 135, Language 1, ENG 101, UBE 101 or equivalent, Library Skills Workbook requirement
Spring: TH 101 (if not available in Fall), TH 203, one 200/300-level TH practicum, Language 2, ENG 201 or Humanities

SECOND YEAR
Fall: TH 201, TH 301, 200/300-level TH practicum, Natural Science 1, UGC 111, TH elective (e.g. TH 314)
Spring: TH 220, 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 (e.g., TH 412 or TH 415), TH 401, Math, TH elective(s), free elective(s)*
Spring: Dramatic Literature (e.g., TH 425), TH 402, Social Science, TH elective(s), free elective(s)*

FOURTH YEAR
Fall TH electives, 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 creative process, both in the creation of extant plays and original work;
Demonstrate the ability to conceive and execute an original performance, either solo or in a collaborative process.

Electives and Course Groupings

TH 107 Costume Construction
TH 205 Drafting
TH 208 Method Acting
TH 212 Improv for Storytellers
TH 220 Performing America (Gen. Ed requirement- American Pluralism)
TH 227 Voice I
TH 230 Theatre Crafts
TH 300 Stage Management
TH 303 Scene Design
TH 306 Costume Design
TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 325 Performance and the Critic
TH 331 Problems in Technical Theatre
TH 332 Lighting Design
TH 341 Theatre Studio
TH 342 Theatre Studio
TH 343 Theatre Studio
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 401 Directing 1
TH 402 Directing 2
TH 403 Scene Design 2
TH 406 Costume Design 2
TH 411 Theatre Workshop
TH 412 Devised Theatre Workshop
TH 413 Theatre Workshop
TH 415 Advanced Dramaturgy
TH 416 Mask Workshop
TH 425 Media and Performance
TH 433 Lighting Design 2
TH 439 Design Seminar
TH 455 Special Topics
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre (theories of acting, directing, and design)
TH 477 Production Dramaturgy
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures
Special Topics: Intermedia Performance Workshop, Contemporary Performance, Popular Culture and Theory

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 1
TH 302 Theatre History 2
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 325 Performance and the Critic II
    TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
    TH 425 Media and Performance
    TH 466 Women in Theatre
    TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
    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 1
    TH 302 Theatre History 2
    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 468 Sources for Modern Theatre, 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 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 208 Method Acting
    TH 212 Improv for Storytellers
    TH 220 Performing America (Gen. Ed requirement - American Pluralism)
    TH 227 Voice I
    TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
    TH 315 Modern Theatre I
    TH 316 Modern Theatre II
    TH 325 Performance and the Critic
    TH 341 Theatre Studio
    TH 342 Theatre Studio
    TH 343 Theatre Studio
    TH 349 Technical Studio
    TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
    TH 401 Directing 1
    TH 402 Directing 2
    TH 403 Scene Design 2
    TH 406 Costume Design 2
    TH 411 Theatre Workshop
    TH 412 Devised Theatre Workshop
    TH 413 Theatre Workshop
    TH 415 Advanced Dramaturgy
    TH 416 Mask Workshop
    TH 425 Media and Performance
    TH 433 Lighting Design 2
    TH 346 Costume Design Studio
    TH 347 Scene Design Studio
    TH 348 Lighting Design Studio
    TH 349 Technical Studio
    TH 350 Properties Studio
    TH 439 Design Seminar
    TH 466 Women in Theatre
    TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre (theories of acting, directing, and design)
    TH 477 Production Dramaturgy
    TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures
    Special Topics: Intermedia Performance Workshop, Contemporary Performance, Popular Culture and Theory

    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.

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