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Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a concentration in performance

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 performance

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 an actor.
  • 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 (37 credits)  
THEA 103 Stagecraft 3
THEA 104 Costume Construction 3
THEA 113 Introduction to Acting I 3
THEA 114 Introduction to Acting II 3
THEA 211 Introduction to Drama 3
THEA 227 Introduction to Theatrical Makeup and THEZ 227 Basic Stage Costuming and Make-up Laboratory 4
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
THEA 307-308 History of the Theatre 6
THEA electives (300- or 400-level) 9
Major requirements (46 credits)  
THEA 201 Voice and Speech for the Actor I 3
THEA 202 Voice and Speech for the Actor II 3
THEA 203 Movement for the Actor I 3
THEA 204 Movement for the Actor II 3
THEA 213 Acting I 3
THEA 214 Acting II 3
THEA 301 Advanced Voice and Speech for the Actor I 3
THEA 302 Advanced Voice and Speech for the Actor II 3
THEA 311 Advanced Movement for the Actor I 3
THEA 312 Advanced Movement for the Actor II 3
THEA 313 Actor’s Studio I 3
THEA 314 Actor’s Studio II 3
THEA 315 Audition Technique 3
THEA 412 Acting for Camera 3
THEA 415 The Business of Theatre 4
Electives (7 credits)  
Open electives 7
Total minimum requirement 120

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