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 B.F.A. program in theatre requires an audition or portfolio review and faculty approval. B.F.A. 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.
To be eligible for admittance, continued candidacy, and graduation, the B.F.A. candidate in theatre must achieve a minimum grade of C in each theatre course required for the major. To participate in departmental productions, a student pursuing the B.F.A. must maintain a minimum 3.00 overall GPA each semester.
Required course work includes (1) the university requirements (see regulation J-3), (2) the departmental requirements for the B.S. or B.A., and (3) a 30 or 40 credit area of departmentally approved emphasis.
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.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre (general guidelines)
Required course work includes:
- University requirements (see regulation J-3)
- Theatre departmental requirements for the B.S. or B.A.:
THE 101 Introduction to the Theatre (3cr.)
THE 103 Stage Technology I (4 cr.)
THE 104 Stage Technology II (4 cr.)
THE 105-106 Basics of Performance (6 cr.)
THE 201 Scene Design I (3 cr.)
THE 202 Costume Design I (3 cr.)
THE 205 Lighting Design I (3 cr.)
THE 206 Theatrical Makeup (1 cr.)
THE 371 Play Analysis (3 cr.)
THE 390 Theatre Workshop (at least 1 cr. in 4 different semesters) (4 cr.)
THE 468 Theatre History I (3 cr.)
THE 469 Theatre History II (3 cr.)
THE 473 Senior Capstone Seminar (1 cr.)
THE 483 Senior Capstone Project (1 cr.)
Electives in design/production (3 cr.)
- 30-credit area of departmentally approved emphasis in Design & Technology OR a 40-credit area of departmentally approved emphasis in Performance.