BFA in Theatre Performance

Program Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BFA in theatre performance and includes 84 credit hours of major courses that must be completed with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum 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 theatre performance 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: Costume (taken concurrently with THEA 253)1
THEA 180CPracticum: Management1
THEA 228Script Analysis3
THEA 243Acting I3
THEA 244Stagecraft: Applied Technology (credit hours may be counted as core course) 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 Performance Option
THEA 180DPracticum: Performance1
THEA 218Movement for the Performer3
THEA 222Improving Voice and Diction3
THEA 241Improvisation and Theatre Games3
THEA 326Expressive Voice for Stage3
THEA 331Dialect for the Stage3
THEA 342Advanced Acting3
THEA 365Stage Combat3
THEA 380DPracticum: Performance1
THEA 390Acting for the Camera3
THEA 395Voice Acting3
THEA 490Theatre Audition Techniques3
THEA 643Styles In Acting3
THEA 651Scene Study3
Theatre Electives
With required faculty advisor approval, select 3 credit hours from the following:3
Theatre Appreciation
Oral Interpretation
Practicum: Stagecraft
Practicum: Costume
Practicum: Management
Theatre as a Mirror of Today's America
Theatre Internship
Scriptwriting I
Scriptwriting II
Directing II
Theatre: Special Topics
An Introduction to Entrepreneurship in the Arts
Or any upper-division theatre elective
Additional Program 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.