B.A. in Theatre: Design and Entertainment Technology Concentration

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Program Description

The Design and Entertainment Technology concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree focuses on the skills and technology used to create theater productions. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation and Affiliation

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

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
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
THE 140  Script Analysis (recommended EMEL Gen Ed) 3
THE 141  Stagecraft I  3
THE 143  Drafting and Rendering for Theatre 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 
3
   
Second Semester 16
ART 110  Drawing I (recommended Fine Arts Gen Ed) 3
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting  3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production (recommended elective) 1
General Education Course 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
DAN 131  Foundations of Dance 3
THE 302  History of Theatre I  3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production (recommended elective)
1
Concentration Elective 3
General Education, Minor OR Additional Elective Courses 
6
   
Fourth Semester 16
THE 312  History of Theatre II  3
THE 340  Advanced Theatrical Design 3
THE 356  Practicum: Technical Production (recommended elective) 1
General Education, Minor  OR  Additional Elective Courses  9
   
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 354 OR 355  Practicum
1
General Education, Minor  OR  Additional Elective Courses  9
   
Sixth Semester 13
THE 354 OR 355  Practicum
1
Concentration Elective 3
General Education, Minor  OR  Elective Courses 9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 13
THE 354 OR 355  Practicum 1
General Education, Minor  OR  Elective Courses 12
   
Eighth Semester 15
THE 450 Senior Thesis 3
General Education, Minor  OR  Elective Courses 12
Total 120

Program Requirements

Theatre Core Courses (27 credits)

  • DAN 131  Foundations of Dance 
  • THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting 
  • THE 141  Stagecraft I 
  • THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 
  • THE 302  History of Theatre I 
  • THE 304  World Drama  OR  ENG 425  Shakespeare  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama 
  • THE 312  Theatre History II 
  • THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 
  • THE 450  Senior Thesis 

Required Design/Tech Core (9 credits)

  • THE 143  Drafting and Rendering for the Theatre (3 credits)
  • THE 340  Advanced Theatrical Design (3 credits)
  • THE 354  Practicum: Management  AND/OR  THE 355  Practicum: Design (1 credit each, 3 total)

Concentration Electives (6 credits)

Select at least two from the following:

  • THE 120  Entertainment Audio I 
  • THE 126  Makeup I 
  • THE 220  Entertainment Audio II 
  • THE 211  Lighting Technology 
  • THE 225  Costume Construction 
  • THE 226  Makeup II 
  • THE 255  Puppetry 
  • THE 271  Scene Design I
  • THE 272  Properties Design for Theatre
  • THE 311  Lighting Design
  • THE 325  Costume Design 
  • THE 327  Stage Management 
  • THE 328  Scene Painting 
  • THE 341  Stagecraft II 
  • THE 480  Digital Performance

Additional Electives/Minor (38 credits)

Recommended:

  • ART 212  Art History I (3 credits)
  • ART 214  Art History II (3 credits)
  • THE 356  Practicum: Tech Production (1 credit each, 6 total)

Recommended General Education Courses

  • ART 110  Drawing I (Fine Arts)
  • GET 130  Introduction to Engineering  OR  DMT 180  Foundations of Digital Media (Technological Literacy)
  • HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety (Health and Wellness)
  • THE 140  Script Analysis (Ethics and Multicultural Awareness)

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/design-entertainment-technology/