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Department of Theatre
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Design
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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS - DESIGN

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) 

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


OR

THR 212 - Introduction to Costume Design
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OR

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

OR

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

OR

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


           
Six of the following courses (18 credits)
           
THR 316 - Stage Management
THR 337 - Motion Graphics for Performance Design
THR 361 - Topics in Lighting Technology
THR 362 - Topics in Costume Technology

THR 364 - Topics in Scenery Technology
THR 369 - Topics in Digital Technology
THR 411 - Stage Lighting Design
THR 412 - Stage Costume Design
THR 413 - Stage Make-up
THR 414 - Stage Scene Design
THR 419 - Digital Design for Theatre
THR 493 - Internship in Theatre