Theatre Arts – Areas of Study
BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)
Theatre Arts with Options in:
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (B.F.A.)
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN THEATRE ARTS (B.A.)
This degree is appropriate for students who wish to study theatre within the broader context of a liberal arts education and to emphasize areas of concentration such as performance, design/technology, theatre arts management or drama studies.
Specific goals related to the B.A. in Theatre Arts include:
- To develop understanding and practice of theatre arts by focusing on the verbal, physical, visual and research aspects of the craft.
- To understand script analysis in order to develop an understanding of the relationship of production process to the period and style, content and structure of a script.
- To provide exposure to a wide variety of theatre repertory through the study of the history of theatre, its major dramatists, attending performances, and through the production of a variety of theatre works.
- To prepare students for entry-level positions in theatre performance, design and/or technology, theatre arts management and other entertainment industry related fields, as well as, for continuation with graduate studies, and/or teaching.
- To encourage students to explore breadth and variety in their educational pursuits to enhance their understanding of the world around them and to give them greater career versatility as a post-graduate.
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN MUSICAL THEATRE (B.F.A.)
This degree offers students knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theatre within a liberal arts context in order to compete for employment opportunities in the entertainment industry where musical talent is utilized.
Students will develop the following skills:
- Vocal production and techniques for musical theatre sufficient to present complete roles in full productions.
- Vocal interpretation and role preparation skills that enable understanding and performance of roles in a wide variety of styles and formats.
- Musicianship, aural, keyboard, and analytic skills.
- Theatrical skills, acting competence, script analysis, stage movement, voice and diction for the actor, auditioning techniques, and related physical skills such as ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap and dance repertoire.
- Understanding of basic production elements such as make-up, costume, sets and props, and lighting.
- Knowledge of the musical theatre canon, along with its history and development within the theatre.
- Understanding of the entertainment business, its agents, and practices.
- Portfolio preparation of musical and non-musical repertoire for professional auditions and/or advanced studies.
For further information, see the university Undergraduate Catalog.
Dr. Justin P. Cowan, Chair
Department of Theatre Arts