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Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in lighting design/technical production

The Department of Theatre offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre that may be entered into during the third year. All freshman and transfer students entering the department are initially classified as Theatre Foundation students. After successfully completing the first two years of core theatre courses in their foundation areas of emphasis, students apply for admission to a specific degree program (B.F.A. or B.A.). The department offers B.F.A concentration areas in performance and stage management; as well as three areas of design/technology: scenic, lighting and costume. (See the individual specialization/concentration pages for curricula outlines.)

Student participation in both credit- and noncredit-bearing department activities may be required. Students matriculating in School of the Arts degree programs are bound by the policies and procedures stipulated in this bulletin and in any other current handbook or policy document adopted by the individual programs.

Because of the environment that exists in these preprofessional programs, all aspects of theatre as art, craft, business and education are experienced together. The curriculum immerses students in the practicalities of theatre. Throughout the four years, the performer works daily with voice, body and imagination, while the designer/technician is involved in studio classes and practical application. Prospective theatre educators engage in intensive teacher-training activities that lead to certification.

Degree requirements for Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in lighting design/technical production

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate skills and techniques needed to enter the profession as a lighting designer/technician.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history, theory and literature and their practical application.
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
Additional School of the Arts requirements (minimum 9 credits)  
Approved General Education electives 9
Collateral requirements (30 credits)  
ARTH 103 Survey of Western Art or ARTH 104 Survey of Western Art (or other non-Western art history course) 3
SPCH 121 Effective Speech 3
THEA 103 Stagecraft 3
THEA 104 Costume Construction 3
THEA 113 Introduction to Acting I 3
THEA 211 Introduction to Drama 3
THEA 228 Introduction to Costume Design 3
THEA 307-308 History of the Theatre 6
THEA/AFAM 303 Black Theatre, THEA 403 History of Dramatic Literature, THEA 404 History of Dramatic Literature, THEA 423 Modern Drama or THEA 424 Modern Drama 3
Major requirements (47 credits)  
THEA 121 Introduction to Drawing, ARTF 161 Figure Drawing I, ARTF 162 Perspective and Three-dimensional Line Drawing, THEA 161 Figure Drawing: Superficial Anatomy or THEA 162 Figure Drawing: Draping the Human Form 2
THEA 122 Color Theory 2
THEA 221 Introduction to Scene Design 3
THEA 225 Electricity for the Stage 3
THEA 229 Introduction to Lighting Design 3
THEA 324 Practicum in Stage Lighting 12
THEA 326 Audio Mixing for Theatre 3
THEA 327 Computer-assisted Design and Drafting for the Theatre 3
THEA 429 Advanced Lighting Design 9
THEA 495 Senior Project: Portfolio Review 1
THEA 4XX upper-level electives 6
Electives (13 credits)  
Upper level elective (300- or 400-level) 3
Open electives 10
Total minimum requirement 120

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