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Undergraduate Degrees

The Baccalaureate in Theatre Arts is a generalist degree designed to expose the student to the totality of theatre art and craft. Students take course work in:

  • Acting
  • Stage technology
  • Design
  • History
  • Dramatic writing
  • Literature

Through this course work students build the skill sets necessary to pursue theatre as a lifelong craft.

In addition, the program is studio and practicum based. Students are encouraged to be involved in productions and production work and to build their audition and portfolio pieces for graduation and beyond.

To be eligible for graduation, students taking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science options in theatre must achieve a minimum grade of C in all theatre courses required by their major.

To participate in departmental productions, a student must maintain a minimum 3.00 overall GPA.

Required course work for students pursuing the B.A. or B.S. in theatre includes:

  1. The university requirements (see regulation J-3).
  2. The general College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) core requirements.
  3. The theatre arts core courses listed below.
    • THE 101 Introduction to the Theatre (3 credits)
    • THE 103 Stage Technology I (3 credits)
    • THE 104 Stage Technology II (3 credits)
    • THE 105 Basics of Performance (3 credits)
    • THE 190 Theatre Practice (1 credit)
    • THE 201 Scene Design I (3 credits)
    • THE 202 Costume Design I (3 credits)
    • THE 205 Lighting Design I (3 credits)
    • THE 371 Play Analysis (3 credits)
    • THE 390 Theatre Practice (at least 1 credit in four different semesters) (4 credits)
    • THE 468 Theatre History I (3 credits)
    • THE 469 Theatre History II (3 credits)
    • THE 483 Senior Capstone Project (2 credits)
    • Electives in design/production (3 credits)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a rigorous training program for students wishing to pursue a career in the professional theatre. Admittance to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in theatre requires an audition or portfolio review and faculty approval. Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates are closely monitored throughout enrollment utilizing performance juries and portfolio reviews each semester.

Specific areas of study within the degree include (but are not limited to) acting, stage managing, technical production, scenery, lighting or costume design. Individual courses are selected in consultation with an adviser, 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.

Deadlines:

  • B.F.A in Performance – March 1
  • B.F.A in Design and Technology – Jan. 11

Specific degree requirements related to area emphasis can be found on the Resources Page.

Required course work includes:

  1. University requirements (see regulation J-3).
  2. Theatre departmental requirements for the Bachelor of Arts  or Bachelor of Sciences:
    • THE 101 Introduction to the Theatre (3credits)
    • THE 103 Stage Technology I (3 credits)
    • THE 104 Stage Technology II (3 credits)
    • THE 105-106 Basics of Performance (6 credits)
    • THE 190 Theatre Practice (1 credit)
    • THE 201 Scene Design I (3 credits)
    • THE 202 Costume Design I (3 credits)
    • THE 205 Lighting Design I (3 credits)
    • THE 206 Theatrical Makeup (1 credit)
    • THE 371 Play Analysis (3 credits)
    • THE 390 Theatre Workshop (at least 1 credit in 4 different semesters) (4 credits)
    • THE 468 Theatre History I (3 credits)
    • THE 469 Theatre History II (3 credits)
    • THE 473 Senior Capstone Seminar (1 credit)
    • THE 483 Senior Capstone Project (1 credit)
    • Electives in design/production (3 credits)
  3. 30-credit area of departmentally approved emphasis in design and technology or performance.

Theatre Minors

Students who have interest in theatre but are declared majors in other fields may want to consider adding a minor in theatre to round-out their undergraduate course work. Students may choose to pursue a general theatre minor, which touches on all aspects of theatrical production or they may choose to focus on design and technology with a minor in technical theatre.

Courses Required:

  • THE 103 & 104 Theatre Technology I, II (6 credits)
  • THE 105 & 106 Basics of Performance (6 credits)
  • THE 190 Theatre Practice (1 credit)
  • THE 207 Theatrical Make-up (3 credits)
  • THE 305 Intermediate Acting (3 credits)
  • THE 471 Directing (3 credits)

Courses Required:

  • THE 103 Stage Technology I (3 credits)
  • THE 104 Stage Technology II (3 credits)
  • THE 190 Theatre Practice (1 credits)
  • THE 201 Scene Design I (3 credits)
  • THE 202 Costume Design I (3 credits)
  • THE 205 Lighting Design I (3 credits)
  • THE 207 Theatrical Make-up (3 credits)
  • Upper-division technical theatre course work (3 credits)

Physical Address:
Corner of 6th and Rayburn Shoup Hall - 2nd Floor

Mailing Address:
Theatre Arts Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2008
Moscow, ID 83844-2008

Phone: 208-885-6465

Fax: 208-885-2558

Email: theatre@uidaho.edu

Web: Theatre Arts Department

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