B.A. in Theatre

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree is a flexible program that combines academic and production work. Students explore and hone skills related to text analysis, production conceptualization, design, construction, acting, voice, dance, management and directing. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation and Affiliation

This program is accredited the National Association of Schools of Theatre. 

It has also earned Educational Affiliate status with Estill Voice International┬«. Students can elect to pursue their Certificate of Proficiency in EVT prior to graduation.

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
DAN 131  Foundations of Dance   3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
THE 141  Stagecraft I  3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
   
Second Semester 16
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting  3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production  1
General Education Courses 6
Theatre Elective 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 13
THE 302  History of Theatre I  3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production
1
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 6
Theatre Elective
3
   
Fourth Semester 16
THE 312  History of Theatre II  3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production  1
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 9
Theatre Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 16
THE 304  World Drama  OR  ENG 425  Shakespeare  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production
1
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 9
   
Sixth Semester 16
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production
1
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 15
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 13
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production 1
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 12
   
Eighth Semester 15
THE 450  Senior Thesis  3
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 12
Total 120

Additional Requirements

Theatre majors are required to take practicum credits, which give students practical experience in various areas of production:  acting, dance, design, directing, dramaturgy, outreach, stage management, technical production and technical direction. As students advance in their training, they have the opportunity to be awarded significant production responsibility working alongside faculty as a member of the artistic team. Opportunities include:

  • Full production direction
  • Design
  • Technical direction
  • Choreography
  • Playwrighting
  • Dramaturgy

Special Recommendations

A minor in art, arts administration, event planning, music, psychology, sociology or social work is recommended for those majoring in theatre. 

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/theater/index.aspx