BFA in Design and Technical Theatre

Program Requirements

  • total credit hours for graduation 120 minimum (78 credit hours for the major), overall GPA 2.000, 2.500 in major;
  • must complete 42 credit hours of general education and must have 45 hours of upper division credits.
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-hour core)
THEA 143The Art of the Theater3
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
Directed Projects in Theater
Practicum: Management
Applied Materials and Process Lab for Production
Scene Painting
Scene Design II
Stage Lighting II and Theatre Sound
History of Costume
Directed Study
Select 11 credit hours from the following:11
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
Total Credit Hours78

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.