Michigan State University
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Department of Theatre
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting
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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre is designed for students wishing to prepare for a professional career in theatre. Admission to the program is by audition and portfolio review, which occurs during the spring semester of each academic year. In addition to required theatre education courses, students choose an area of concentration in either acting or design. The concentration provides highly focused course work devoted to professional and practical skill development and production process and collaboration. 

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Degree Requirements          

University Requirements
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Theatre major is met by completing THR 431.
College Requirements
- At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above.
- A student enrolled in the BA in Theatre may earn a maximum of 70 credits in THR and DAN courses.

Department Requirements
Complete 60 credits from the following courses:
Theatre Core (26 Credits) A minimum grade-point of 2.00 in each course is required.

THR 101 - Acting I

THR 110 - Theatrical Play Analysis

THR 111 - Introduction to Technical Theatre

THR 111L - Introduction to Technical Theatre Laboratory

THR 300A - Theatre Practicum - Production Emphasis 

THR 300C - Theatre Practicum - Area Emphasis

THR 331 - Studies in Contemporary Theatre

THR 341 - Beginning Play Directing

THR 431 - Studies in Theatre History

THR 492 - Senior Seminar (W)

The completion of Theatre 492 satisfies the department's capstone course requirement.
One of the following pairs of courses (4 credits) A minimum grade-point of 2.00 in each course is required.

THR 211 - Introduction to Lighting Design
THR 211L - Introduction to Lighting Design Laboratory


THR 212 - Introduction to Costume Design
THR 212L - Introduction to Costume Design Laboratory


THR 214 - Introduction to Scene Design
THR 214L - Introduction to Scene Design Laboratory


THR 216 - Introduction to Sound Design
THR 216L - Introduction to Sound Design Laboratory


THR 219 - Introduction to Digital Design
THR 219L - Introduction to Digital Design Laboratory

Acting Concentration (30 Credits) A minimum grade-point of 2.00 in each course is required.

All of the following courses (11 credits)     
THR 201 - Acting II
THR 202 - Voice Studio I
THR 207 - Movement Studio I
THR 301 - Acting III
THR 491 - Practicum: Acting
At least 19 credits from the following courses (19 credits)    
THR 204 - Topics in Acting/Directing I
THR 304 - Topics in Acting/Directing II
THR 401 - Acting V
THR 402 - Voice Studio II
THR 404 - Topics in Acting/Directing III
THR 407 - Movement Studio II
THR 413 - Stage Make-up
THR 491 - Practicum: Acting
THR 493 - Internship in Theatre