BFA in Design and Technical Theatre

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BFA in design and technical theatre and includes 84 credit hours of major courses that must be completed with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 and a major grade point average of 2.500. Students must complete 45 credit hours of upper-division courses. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program and the requirements of the School of Performing Arts, students in the BFA in design and technical theatre must take the following courses:

Course Title Hours
Core Curriculum Courses
THEA 180EPerforming Arts Seminar1
THEA 370Professional Practices for the Performing Artist3
THEA 575Capstone Project1
Technical Theatre Class (costuming, stagecraft, lighting; THEA 253, 244 or 345. Credit hours for THEA 244 can be counted here.) 3
Requirements for Major
In addition to one course that applies to the 8-credit-hour core
THEA 180APracticum: Stagecraft1
THEA 180BPracticum: Costume1
THEA 180CPracticum: Management1
THEA 228Script Analysis3
THEA 243Acting I3
THEA 244Stagecraft: Applied Technology (credit hours counted in core) 10
THEA 253Costuming for the Stage and Film (taken concurrently with THEA 180B) 13
THEA 254Stage Makeup2
THEA 272Stage Management3
THEA 345Stage Lighting 13
THEA 359Directing I3
THEA 623Theatre History I3
THEA 624Theatre History II3
Additional Requirements for Design/Technical Option
ARTF 145Foundation Drawing3
THEA 285Period Styles3
THEA 300Drafting and Visual Standards for the Theatre3
THEA 344Scene Design I3
THEA 357Costume Design I3
Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Practicum: Stagecraft
Practicum: Costume
Practicum: Management
Stagecraft II: Applied Materials and Processes
Scene Painting
Scene Design II
Stage Lighting II and Theatre Sound
History of Costume
Select 14 credit hours from the following:14
Theatre Appreciation
Introduction to Visual and Material Culture
Oral Interpretation
Improving Voice and Diction
Improvisation and Theatre Games
Expressive Voice for Stage
Dialect for the Stage
Stage Combat
Theatre as a Mirror of Today's America
Theatre Internship
Design Project
Scriptwriting I
Scriptwriting II
Directing II
Theatre: Special Topics
Directing the Musical
An Introduction to Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Or any upper-division theatre elective
Additional Requirements
Required, faculty-approved electives. These courses may be theatre electives or other university courses.6
Total Credit Hours84

Any one of these courses may count toward the 8 credit hours of core courses. The course counted toward the core, would not count in the requirements for major sub total.

Applied Learning

All students in a School of Performing Arts bachelor degree track or concentration are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a formal capstone project. Students create a major project whether self-generated, an extension of coursework, or through advanced participation in producing a public performance. Through the capstone experience, students develop and demonstrate, in a hands-on, real world context, the skills, knowledge and competencies required in their area of emphasis. Students in the School of Performing Arts develop a diverse portfolio of experiences, materials and intellectual properties through a broad offering of applied experiences in their four years. The capstone project provides a practical context for academic, experiential and personal growth through the college experience. The final, real product of the SPA's program of applied learning is a young professional prepared for the future.