Theatre Arts (B.F.A.)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 THE course required for the major. To participate in departmental productions, a student pursuing the B.F.A. must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA overall.
Required course work includes:
- The university requirements (see regulation J-3),
- The Theatre Arts core courses listed below, and
- A 30-credit area in either DTM or Performance of departmental-approved coursework.
Theatre Arts Core
|THE 101||Introduction to the Theatre||3|
|THE 102||Introduction to Design||3|
|THE 103||Theatre Technology I||3|
|THE 104||Theatre Technology II||3|
|THE 105||Basics of Performance I||3|
|THE 106||Basics of Performance II||3|
|THE 371||Play Analysis||3|
|THE 390||Theatre Practice II (Four Credits Required)||4|
|THE 468||Theatre History I||3|
|THE 483||Senior Capstone Project||1|
|Select two of the following courses:||6|
|Scene Design I|
|Costume Design I|
|Lighting Design I|
Courses to total 120 credits for this degree
- Students will demonstrate a knowledgeable awareness of the interconnectedness of theatre history, dramatic theory, and production practices. They will distinguish and apply terminologies, processes, and traditions specific to Theatre Arts.
- Students will articulate insights about Theatre Arts and specific theatre events. Students will also demonstrate collaboration skills in production and performance leadership roles.
- Students will demonstrate self-reflection; they will clearly articulate the role of theatre in their lives and their personal commitment to theatre as a professional vocation.
- Students will articulate a personal philosophy about theatre practice, its cultural impact on society, and their responsibility as an artist.