Theatre (B.F.A.)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Theatre is an intensive pre-professional curriculum designed to provide a strong foundation followed by rigorous professional training augmented with practical experience provided by the extensive production schedule. The B.F.A. program is divided into two areas: performance and design and technical theatre including stage management.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University, a minimum of forty-five credits, as well as through auditions and/or interviews after the completion of prerequisite courses and usually at the end of the Fall of the sophomore year.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 120 credits in course work, including satisfaction of the University General Education requirementsCollege degree requirements, and seventy-seven credits in theatre courses including the major requirements listed below. The minimum grade for each course required in the major, which must be taken in the Department of Theatre, must be no less than a C-minus in order for the course credit to count toward completion of the degree. B.F.A students must comply with the following department policies – any student who does not meet these standards will be placed on Departmental probation and may be denied continuation in the program: the seventy-seven credits in specified Theatre courses must be completed with grades of C minus or better and 3.0 cumulative g.p.a must be maintained. Students must be current in their plan of work and all Basic Competency courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Capstone course.Departmental information published in this Bulletin is intended for use in conjunction with advising, but in all cases, regardless of advice given, students are responsible for meeting and satisfying requirements as set forth in this Bulletin.

All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts governing undergraduate scholarship  and  degrees, as well as with the requirements of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.  

General Education Course Progress: Majors must complete the Basic Composition (BC) requirement by the time forty-five credits have been earned, the Oral Communication (OC) and Intermediate Composition (IC) requirement by the time sixty credits have been earned; and Critical Thinking (CT) by the time 75 credits have been earned. Failure to meet these limits on matriculation will result in the student being placed on departmental probation: the student will be ineligible to be cast in or participate as a member of the artistic/production staff of department productions. Transfer students will be reviewed upon entry into the major for compliance with these standards and advised as needed.

Major Fundamental Requirements: All students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in theatre must complete the following courses:

THR 1111Fundamentals of Theatre3
THR 1121Play Analysis3
THR 1211Acting I3
THR 1411Fundamentals of Crafts: Scenery and Costumes3
THR 1451Principles of Makeup1
THR 1461Fundamentals of Crafts: Lighting and Stage Management3
THR 5841Theatre History I3
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
Introduction to Design for the Theatre
Applied Theatre Studies: Community Possibilities
Applied Theatre Studies: Theatre in Education
Total Credits22
 
 

Theatre Honors Programs (B.F.A degrees)

In order to enter the Departmental honors program students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a high school g.p.a. of 3.5 or a college or university g.p.a. of 3.3. Students must meet all regular major requirements including: the three of the following honors-option courses within their major taught by full-time faculty members (internships cannot satisfy this requirement),  at least one 4000-level seminar offered through the Liberal Arts Honors Program, a senior honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor in their major area (THR 4998) and maintain a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3 cumulative and in the major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Departmental Honors in Theatre (fifteen credits)

Select the Honors Option in three of the following:9
Theatre History I
Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century
Theatre History II
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Pioneers of the Modern Theatre
Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern
Playwriting
Students may select the Honors Option in one of the following B.F.A. courses (three credits) to substitute for a course in the above requirement:
Introduction to Design for the Theatre
Acting IV
Acting V
Stage Design
Theatre Costuming II
Stage Lighting
THR 4998Capstone Honors Thesis3
Honors Seminars 13
Total Credits15
1

HON 4200-4280 Honors Seminars (select one)

Student must maintain an overall 3.3 g.p.a.

For additional information, students should consult the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

 

B.F.A. - Performance

Major Requirements: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) in performance must complete a minimum of fifty-five credits, distributed as follows:

THR 5811Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century3
THR 5812Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern3
THR 5993(WI) Writing Intensive Course in Theatre0
History and Dramatic Literature
Select one of the following:3
(VP) Introduction to Black Theatre and Performance
(VP) Musical Theatre Appreciation
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Pioneers of the Modern Theatre
Theatre History II
Theatre Practicum
Select six credits of the following:6
Theatre Studio - Performance (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Costumes (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Stage Management (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Theatre Management (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Running Crew (Max. 3)
Theatre Studio - Production (Max. 3)
Acting
THR 1215Acting II3
THR 3211Acting III3
THR 3215Acting IV3
THR 4211Acting V3
THR 4271Acting for the Camera3
Movement
THR 2221Stage Movement I2
THR 3221Stage Movement II2
THR 3225Stage Movement III2
THR 4221Stage Movement IV2
Voice
THR 2231Voice Lab I2
THR 3231Voice Lab II2
THR 3235Voice Lab III2
THR 4231Voice Lab IV2
THR 4995Theatre Capstone: Performance3
THR Electives6
Total Credits55
Degree totals

Major Requirements: 55 credits
Major Fundamental Requirements: 22 credits
University Electives: 5 credits
University Requirements: 38 credits

Total Credits in Degree: 120 credits

B.F.A. - Design and Technical Theatre

Major Requirements: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) in design and technical theatre must complete a minimum of fifty-five credits, distributed as follows

THR 3570Technical Theatre Problems (8 required)8
THR 4996Theatre Capstone: Design and Technology3
THR 5811Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century3
THR 5812Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern3
History and Dramatic LIterature
Select one of the following:3
(VP) Introduction to Black Theatre and Performance
(VP) Musical Theatre Appreciation
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Pioneers of the Modern Theatre
Theatre History II
Theatre Practicum
Select two credits of the following:2
Theatre Studio - Performance (Max. 2)
Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting (Max. 2)
Theatre Studio - Costumes (Max. 2)
Theatre Studio - Stage Management (Max. 2)
Theatre Studio - Theatre Management (Max. 2)
Theatre Studio - Running Crew (Max. 2)
Theatre Studio - Production (Max. 2)
Design
Select two of the following:6
Stage Management
Stage Design
Theatre Costuming I
Stage Lighting
Design/Tech Electives
To be elected in consultation with academic advisor. Suggested courses per area of study are listed below21
THR Electives6
Total Credits55

Suggested Electives

Costuming
ADR 1050Drawing I3
ADR 1060Drawing II3
AFA 2410Textiles3
THR 5325Theatre Costuming II3
THR 5451Advanced Stage and Film Makeup2
Scenery
ADR 1050Drawing I3
ADR 1060Drawing II3
AIA 1610Architectural Drafting and Perspective Drawing3
THR 3411Technical Production3
THR 5315Advanced Stage Design3
THR 5422Introduction to Scene Painting3
THR 5426Advanced Scene Painting3
Lighting and Sound
AIA 1610Architectural Drafting and Perspective Drawing3
COM 1600Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production3
MUA 5610Music Technology3
THR 3411Technical Production3
THR 5335Advanced Stage Lighting Design3
Stage Management
To be selected in consultation with an academic advisor
COM 1600Introduction to Audio-Television-Film Production3
COM 4040Diversity in Interpersonal Communication3
MUT 1100Elementary Music Theory3
THR 3651Principles of Theatre Management3
THR 5711Play Direction3

Degree totals

Major Requirements: 55 credits
Major Fundamental Requirements: 22 credit
University Electives: 5 credits
University Requirements: 38 credits

Total credits in Degree: 120 credits