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Emphasis - Design and Theatre Production

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts


The B.F.A. major in theatre arts is intended for individuals who seek a professional career in theatre or who wish preparation for graduate work in the discipline. The B.F.A. must be completed with an emphasis in either acting, design/technology, or musical theatre. Students must have a successful audition or portfolio review by theatre arts faculty for admission to the BFA degree program.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 129

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for the B.F.A. in liberal arts include the following courses (33-35 hours):

Writ 100 or 101; Writ 102 or Liba 102     6 hours
English literature survey (221-226, 22x)  6 hours
Behavioral/social sciences                6 hours
History (His 101, 102 preferred)          6 hours
Natural science (with laboratories)       6-8 hours
Mathematics (from among college
  algebra, quantitative reasoning, or
  a more advanced mathematics course)     3 hours

Course Requirements

A major in theatre arts for the B.F.A. degree requires 129 semester hours. Students are required to choose one of three emphases: acting, design/theatre technology, or musical theatre.

Other Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required on all theatre courses applied toward the B.F.A. degree.

Emphasis - Design and Theatre Production


The emphasis in design/theatre production is a comprehensive design program that allows students to concentrate in stage management or costume, lighting, sound, or scenic design. In addition to rigorous classroom work--in their field of study as well as in theory, history, literature, directing, and business and employment practices--students have individualized instruction and multiple opportunities for realized design projects in main-stage and studio productions and are able to compile portfolios that will help them achieve professional employment or enter graduate school.

Students may opt to pursue the BFA in design/theatre production at any time. Portfolio reviews are held at the end of each semester to ensure that all design and theatre production students are progressing at a satisfactory rate. Success in this review is necessary for continued study in the BFA design and theatre production program.

Course Requirements

The emphasis in design and theatre technology requires 129 total semester hours, including 76 hours of theatre arts courses, comprising the following:

Design and Technology                           Hours
Thea 171--Rendering for the Theatre               3
Thea 192, 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492
-- Production Studies I-VII                      14
Thea 271--Stagecraft                              3
Thea 272--Intro to Costumes for the Stage         3
Thea 274--Theatre Design Graphics                 3
Thea 276--Fundamentals of Computer-aided Design
for Theatre                                       3
Thea 370 --Introduction to Scenic Design          3
Thea 372 --Introduction to Lighting Design        3
Thea 375 --Introduction to Costume Design         3
Two of the following: Thea 470, 471, 474          6

Theory, History, and Literature
Thea 120 --Introduction to Theatre                2
Thea 321 --Theatre History I                      3
Thea 327 --Dramatic Literature II                 3
Thea 374, 377--Introduction to the History of
Dress and Decor I, II                             6

Other Theatre Requirements
One of the following: Thea 285, 286               3
Thea 499--Senior Review                           2

In addition to the core curriculum and theatre arts requirements, the emphasis in design/technology requires 13 hours of approved design and technology electives and other elective hours (18-20) chosen from any area, including theatre arts, to bring the total number of credits to 129 semester hours.

Other Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required on all theatre courses applied toward the BFA degree.

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