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:
- Stage technology
- Dramatic writing
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.
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.
To be eligible for admittance, continued candidacy, and graduation, the B.F.A. candidate in theatre arts 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.
- 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:
- University requirements (see regulation J-3).
- Theatre departmental requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences:
- THE 101 Introduction to the Theatre (3credits)
- THE 103 Theatre Technology I (3 credits)
- THE 104 Theatre 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 371 Play Analysis (3 credits)
- THE 390 Theatre Practice (at least 1 credit in 4 different semesters) (4 credits total)
- THE 468 Theatre History I (3 credits)
- THE 469 Theatre History II (3 credits)
- THE 483 Senior Capstone Project (2 credit)
- Electives in design/production (3 credits)
- 30-credit area of departmentally approved emphasis in design and technology or performance.