The 45-unit Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts offers four areas of emphasis: Performance, Play Development and Dramaturgy, Design and Technical Theatre, and Popular Theatre. The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts provides students with a background for advanced study in theatre arts for a career in professional theatre, for teaching theatre arts, or as a stepping stone towards higher learning. The program also allows an accelerated path towards a graduate degree in Theatre Arts with the Scholars Program.
Prospective students must first apply to the University. Prospective undergraduate students must file a complete application (select THEATRE ARTS as major) for admission. Degree Planning Worksheets are available under the Advising tab.
Through the Scholars Program the School of Theatre & Dance offers students an opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Theatre Arts programs in five years. After completing the B.A. courses in theatre practice and backgrounds, students may enter the M.A. program for more intensive studies in theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and directing with additional elective study in design and educational theatre. The program prepares students for advanced study in a Ph.D. program, teaching in theatre arts, and practicing dramaturgy.
About the Scholars Program
Theatre Production Requirement
All theatre arts majors must take a certain number of production classes for which working on a show as a member of the crew is required. The student may also volunteer services for additional crews for which a unit of credit (THA 315: Theatre Production: Technical Crew) is available. Each crew member must work the number of hours required by the crew head or instructor. The average number of hours worked on lab crew totals 90. Crew operations normally take place afternoons and evenings, beginning about four weeks before performance dates.
Auditions and Rehearsals
Auditions are not required for admission to the program. Auditions for Main Stage productions usually take place at the end of the previous semester and/or during the first two weeks of instruction for the current semester. Rehearsals are generally held in the evening and are over by 11 pm. Students cast in Main Stage productions may receive course credit. For individual courses (advanced acting classes) requiring an audition, students must attend the first class meeting.