Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts – BFA in Theatre Arts


Description: The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts at WCSU is the newest degree offering in our nationally-recognized Department of Theatre Arts.  Within a liberal arts setting, this professional training program provides students with knowledge of, and professional training in, all aspects of theatre while offering three distinct concentrations in which students can hone their specific skills.  Those three concentrations are: Acting, Design/Technology, and Stage Management.  Students in these concentrations are guided toward professional placement in order to compete for post-graduate employment opportunities in their specified field.

While at WCSU, our students have the opportunity to regularly work with directors, choreographers, and professors from the Broadway community, including winners of Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Emmy Awards.  The BFA degree in Theatre at WCSU provides a specialized and focused approach in training young talent, and molding them into young professionals.  A complete list of courses within the BFA in Theatre Arts curriculum can be found below, along with a sample 4-year plan of study.

For more information about each BFA area of concentration, click on the corresponding links below.

Entry Requirements: All students interested in the BFA in Theatre Arts degree must first pass an in-person audition or interview, depending on their area of concentration. For more information about how to request an audition or interview appointment, and what to prepare, please select one of the BFA in Theatre Arts Concentrations below.

Degree Requirements: Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below by option and additional free electives to total a minimum of 120 semester hours, including foreign language.

Student Standing: Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0, with 2.5 in courses used to satisfy major requirements. Theatre courses with grades lower than “C” will not be accepted as meeting the requirements for the major.

Course Restrictions: For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Major Core Requirements (30 SH):

THR 100 Introduction to Theatre Production (FY) OR THR 300 Theatre Production Lab 1 SH
THR 105 Social Issues and Justice in Theatre 2 SH
THR 107W Play Script Analysis (W2) 3 SH
THR 181 Acting I: An Introduction (CP) 3 SH
THR 182 Technical Theatre I 3 SH
THR 279 History of Theatre 3 SH
THR 286 Theatre History II 3 SH
THR 284 Costume Technology 3 SH
THR 300 Theatre Production Lab (at least 1 SH for 6 semesters). THR 300 may be taken for 1-3 SH each semester. Students must still participate for 6 semesters. 6 SH
THR 490 Senior Portfolio in Theatre Arts (CE, W3) 3 SH

Concentrations (select one) –– Required in addition to Theatre Arts Core above and General Education:



Stage Management

WCSU Department of Theatre Arts