Theatre Arts (B.A.)
Theatre Arts combines the traditional objectives of higher education with the creative mandate of a living art. theater as the core of a higher education experience is an effective tool for the implementation of these aims. Since theater touches all aspects of life, past and present, and because the theater process is an intense arena for the development of social and practical skills, this program prepares the graduate to adapt to a wide variety of career opportunities.
Students in the major are expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of historical and contemporary theories and practices in dramatic literature, design and performance. A degree in theater arts provides successful students with a solid background for achievement in graduate studies and career possibilities as performers, artists, managers and technicians in professional theater and related fields such as film and television. All courses are taught by professionals in the field. The program maintains high professional standards of creativity, work and decorum, and the highest expectations of its students. The quality of work pushes students to their limit.
Typical career opportunities for theater majors are performing artist, scenic designer; costume designer, lighting designer, script writer and stage manager. While many students hope for careers in the theater-in fact, a large number of our former students are having exciting theater careers, the program has a broader aim than professional training. The theater program's goal is to assist every major develop the skills and values which will serve him/her well in whatever future vocation is chosen.
Theatre Arts majors begin with recommended general education courses in public speaking, shakespeare, modern drama, introduction to art, music listening and principles of anthropology. As a theater major, your core courses will include a career seminar in theater, a practicum, script analysis, history of theater, fundamentals of theater design and modern theater
An area of emphasis must be selected by the student following successful completion of the core curriculum and 60 total credit hours. The three areas, Performance, Design/Technology, and Integrated theater Studies, provide students with opportunities for advanced studies in a selected specialization and to develop skills necessary to begin a career in the art of theater. Upon completion, the student will be prepared to pursue entry level positions in the chosen field, internships, or graduate school.
In the performance track, you'll focus on fundamentals of acting, voice and movement, play directing, advanced acting, a seminar in performance and either beginning ballet or class voice.
In the design technology track, you'll study theater production, costume construction, scene design, stage lighting theory, costume design, drawing and computer-aided design and engineering graphics.
Integrated theater studies is provided for students who wish to continue the broader course of studies begun in the core curriculum and who wish to pursue advanced studies in each area of production. This option is especially appropriate for students who may wish to pursue careers in stage or theatre management, educational theatre, or theatre for youth. This curriculum offers courses which require theoretical and practical experience in all areas of the discipline, including children's theater and theater and stage management, plus courses from the performance and design tracks and an internship in theater arts.
Minor In Theatre Arts
Preparation for a minor in theater Arts requires a total of 22 credits, including study in each basic category of the discipline: theory/criticism, history, performance, technical crafts, design, and practical application. The student may also study in additional areas of his or her own choosing. All required courses are currently offered in the division's program of study.