Theatre Arts (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a rigorous training program for students wishing to pursue a career in the professional theatre. The program offers two areas of emphasis: Performance (acting) and DTM (design, theatre technology, and management). Individual courses are selected in consultation with an advisor, so the degree is tailored as closely as possible to a student's specific needs and interests. Students are encouraged to seek out internships with professional theatre companies as part of their program of study.

Admittance to the B.F.A. program in theatre requires an audition or portfolio review and faculty approval. Student progress is closely monitored through performance juries and portfolio reviews each semester.

To be eligible for admittance, continued candidacy, and graduation, the B.F.A. candidate must achieve a minimum grade of C in each theatre course required for the major. To participate in departmental productions, a student pursuing the B.F.A. must maintain a minimum 3.00 overall GPA each semester.

Required course work includes:

  1. the university requirements (see regulation J-3),
  2. the Theatre Arts core courses listed below, and
  3. a 30-credit area in either DTM or Performance of departmental-approved coursework.

Theatre Arts Core

THE 101Introduction to the Theatre3
THE 102Introduction to Design3
THE 103Theatre Technology I3
THE 104Theatre Technology II3
THE 105Basics of Performance I3
THE 106Basics of Performance II3
THE 371Play Analysis3
THE 390Theatre Practice II (Four Credits Required)4
THE 468Theatre History3
THE 483Senior Capstone Project1
Select two of the following courses:6
Scene Design I
Costume Design I
Lighting Design I
Theatre Management
Total Hours35

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree