Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Stage Management
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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 492.

College Requirements

- At least 30 credits in courses at the 300 level and above.

- A student enrolled in the BFA 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 - A minimum grade point of 2.00 in each course is required (26 credits):

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. 

All of the following courses (9 credits):

THR 316 - Stage Management
THR 466 - Advanced Stage Management
THR 467 - Production Management

Three of the following courses (9 credits):

THR 211 - Introduction to Lighting Design
THR 212 - Introduction to Costume Design
82d9fa720cdf6dc43a42ad2c4c9044fa_f1970.jpgTHR 214 - Introduction to Scene Design
THR 216 - Introduction to Sound Design
THR 219 - Introduction to Projection Design for the Stage

At least 16 credits from the following courses (16 credits):

ACM 271 - Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management
ACM 461 - Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management
ACM 463 - Event Production and Planning for Arts and Culture
THR 201 - Acting II
THR 204 - Topics in Acting/Directing I
THR 304 - Topics in Acting/Directing II
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 404 - Topics in Acting/Directing III
THR 411 - Stage Lighting Design
THR 412 - Stage Costume Design
THR 413 - Stage Make-up
THR 414 - Stage Scene Design
THR 416 - Stage Sound Design

THR 419 - Projection Design for Live Performance
THR 416 - Stage Sound Design
THR 441 - Advanced Play Directing
THR 493 - Internship in Theatre