1998 - 2000 Catalog Archive

Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance

Charles Williams, Chairperson
Advisers:
James S. Hill, Theatre Design and Technology
John S. Kuhn, Performance and BFA
elspeth kydd, Film
Holly Monsos, Theatre Design and Technology
Daniel J. Watermeier, Theatre Studies, Honors


Degrees Offered

Two baccalaureate programs are offered in Theatre and Film, the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts. In addition, three minors are offered: 1) Theatre, 2) Film and 3) History and Criticism of Drama. Certification in Drama/Theatre for majors in Elementary or Secondary Education is offered through the College of Education and Allied Professions. Consult both The College of Education and Allied Professions and Theatre advisers about this certification.

The Bachelor of Arts programs in theatre or film are designed to prepare the student for a wide range of career options and/or postgraduate study through a strong liberal arts curriculum. Students may choose a Bachelor of Arts major in Theatre or Film. Theatre majors may pursue additional concentrations in performance, dance, design/technology or theatre studies after completing the basic requirements of 35 semester hours in the major.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is oriented toward intensive study in theatre performance. Within a liberal arts curriculum, the program stresses training in acting and directing for the student whose goal is postgraduate professional study and/or a career in performance. Admission to the B.F.A. program is by audition and requires at least one semester of residency. Please see a department adviser for details on the process.


Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Programs

Film: A minimum of 35 semester hours in Film/Video to include the following: Take the following (9 hours): THR 2310 Film I 3 THR 2320 Video I 3 THR 2340 Introduction to Cinema Studies 3 Choose 14 hours of studies courses: THR 2980* Cinema Studies Topic I 3 THR 3980* Cinema Studies Topic II 4 THR 4370* Cinema Studies Seminar 4 Choose 12 hours of production courses: THR 3310 Film II 4 THR 3320 Video II 4 THR 3350 Screenwriting (WAC) 4 THR 3360* Production Topic 4 THR 3730 Directing for Camera 3 THR 4320* Film/Video Workshop 4 * may be taken more than once.

Theatre: A minimum of 35 semester hours in Theatre to include the following: Choose 6 hours from: THR 1030 Stagecraft 3 THR 1040 Stage Lighting and Sound 3 THR 1050 Stage Costuming 3 Choose 3 hours from: THR 2100 Theatre Form and Criticism 3 ENGL 2720 Reading Drama 3 Take the following: THR 2610 Acting I 4 THR 2640 Voice and Movement 2 THR 3110 World Theatre I 3 THR 3120 World Theatre II 3 THR 3710 Directing 3 THR 4110 Modern American Theatre 3 Choose two courses not to exceed 6 hours: THR 3800 Production Acting 1-3 THR 3810 Production Management 1-3 THR 3820 Set Construction 1-3 THR 3830 Costume Construction 1-3 THR 3840 Production Sound 1-3 THR 3850 Production Lighting 1-3 THR 3860 Production Designer 1-3 THR 3870 Production Dance 1-3 Take any additional theatre/film electives that will reach the required 35 minimum hours for the major. Concentrations: Students pursuing a BA in Theatre also may complete an optional concentration in Performance, Dance, Design and Technology, or Theatre Studies by taking an additional 12 hours as follows: Performance: Take 12 hours from THR 2620, 2630, 3640, 3650, 3610, 4620, 4630. Dance: Take 12 hours from THR 1240, 1250, 1260, 1270, 2240, 2260, 2270, 2280, 3870, 2990, 4990. Design and Technology: Take 12 hours from THR 3410, 3440, 3480, 4400. Theatre Studies: Take 12 hours including special topics in theatre and drama, in consultation with the coordinator/adviser of theatre studies.


General Guidelines for Bachelor of Arts

Note that no more than 50 semester hours of Theatre, Film or Dance courses are allowed for the Bachelor of Arts major. Semester hours over 50 will not count toward the degree.

A student majoring in Theatre or Film may petition to substitute a comparable course or courses for one or more of the required courses in the major. Such requests should be made in writing to the department chairperson and are subject to approval by the department faculty.

The requirement of 18 hours in related courses must be met with courses chosen from other departments in the college in consultation with the departmental adviser. Related courses must be chosen from courses acceptable for major credit.

The P/NC option is available to Theatre and Film majors in the areas of the major.


Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

The B.F.A. degree requires 60 semester hours in Theatre, Film and Dance. Semester hours taken in the major over 67 will not count toward the degree. The credit hours are to be divided as follows: Choose 6 hours from: THR 1030 Stagecraft 3 THR 1040 Stage Lighting and Sound 3 THR 1050 Stage Costuming 3 Choose 3 hours from: THR 2100 Theatre Form and Criticism 3 ENGL 2720 Reading Drama 3 Take the following (9 hours): THR 3110 World Theatre I 3 THR 3120 World Theatre II 3 THR 4110 Modern American Theatre 3 Choose two courses (not to exceed 6 hrs): THR 3800 Production Acting 1-3 THR 3810 Production Management 1-3 THR 3820 Set Construction 1-3 THR 3830 Costume Construction 1-3 THR 3840 Production Sound 1-3 THR 3850 Production Lighting 1-3 THR 3860 Production Designer 1-3 THR 3870 Production Dance 1-3 Take 25 hours of the following: THR 2610 Acting I 4 THR 2620 Acting II 4 THR 2630 Acting: Contemporary Styles 3 THR 2640 Voice and Movement 2 THR 3710 Directing 3 THR 4700 Majors Seminar 1 THR 4800 Senior Project 4 Take an additional 11-15 hours from these courses to reach the minimum of 60 hours: THR 2420 Makeup for the Actor 2 THR 2990 Independent Study 1-3 THR 3610 Acting for the Camera 3 THR 3640 Voice and Diction 2 THR 3650 Stage Movement 2 THR 4620 Acting: Classical Styles 3 THR 4630 Acting: Shakespeare 3 THR 4640 Dialects for Stage 2 THR 4990 Special Projects 1-3

A student majoring in Theatre or Film may petition to substitute a comparable course or courses for one or more of the required courses in the major. Such requests should be made in writing to the department chairperson and are subject to approval by the department faculty.

The requirement of 18 hours in related courses must be met with courses chosen from other departments in the college in consultation with the departmental adviser. Related courses must be chosen from courses acceptable for major credit.

The P/NC option is available to Theatre and Film majors in the areas of the major and related courses.


General Guidelines for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

The B.F.A. student in Performance will follow the procedures outlined below:

Entrance

Admission to the B.F.A. degree program in Theatre Performance requires:

A.A letter of application requesting admission to the program and stating the intention to pursue a specific course of study in performance.

B.An interview with the B.F.A. faculty and staff.

C.Admission to the B.F.A. program is by audition and requires at least one semester of residency. For details concerning the audition, please see an adviser in the Performance program.

Applications are considered Spring Semester and must be made no later than the end of the sophomore year.

Continuance

A review of all B.F.A. students will be conducted each Spring term. This will be an opportunity for all faculty and students to observe the work and progress of the B.F.A. student. This review will require an interview and presentation of scenes and/or audition pieces.

Students in the B.F.A. program in Theatre will be expected to participate each semester in some aspect of production. As part of the interview process, students should be able to demonstrate their commitment to professional training. Performance majors will be expected to audition for all major productions.

A student will be assigned a B.F.A. adviser and will be required to see the adviser once each semester at a minimum. This should be done during advance registration, even if the student does not intend to register in advance .

Exit Procedure

Inthe Spring of the junior year, the B.F.A. student should determine with his/her adviser the content of the Senior Project, THR 4800. This is to allow scheduling of production responsibilities for the following year.


Requirements for the Minors

A minimum of 20-21 semester hours is required for Minors in Theatre and Film.

Inthe Theatre Minor, the required courses include the following: Choose 6 hours from: THR 1030 Stagecraft 3 THR 1040 Stage Lighting and Sound 3 THR 1050 Stage Costuming 3 Choose 3 hours from: THR 2100 Theatre Form and Criticism 3 ENGL 2720 Reading Drama 3 Take the following (6 hours): THR 2610 Acting I 4 THR 2640 Voice and Movement 2 Choose 6 hours: THR 3110 World Theatre I 3 THR 3120 World Theatre II 3 THR 4110 Modern American Theatre 3

Inthe Film Minor, the required courses include the following: Take the following (9 hours): THR 2310 Film I 3 THR 2320 Video I 3 THR 2340 Introduction to Cinema Studies 3 Choose 1 or 2 courses from studies: THR 2980* Cinema Studies Topic I 3 THR 3980* Cinema Studies Topic II 4 THR 4370* Cinema Studies Seminar 4 Choose 1 or 2 courses from production: THR 3310 Film II 4 THR 3320 Video II 4 THR 3350 Screenwriting (WAC) 4 THR 3360* Production Topic 4 THR 4320* Film/Video Workshop 4 * may be taken more than once.

Inthe History and Criticism of Drama Minor, the required courses include the following: Choose 3 hours from: ENGL 2720 Reading Drama 3 THR 2100 Theatre Form and Criticism 3 Take the following (9 hours): ENGL 3810 Shakespeare 3 THR 3110 World Theatre I 3 THR 3120* World Theatre II 3 Choose 9 hours from the following: THR 4110 Modern American Theatre 3 ENGL 4310 British Drama 3 ENGL 4340* Modern Drama 3 THR 4900 Special Topics:Theatre and Drama 3 * Students may count only one of these courses toward the required 20-21 hours.

Students also may substitute courses in drama in a foreign language i.e., in Classics, French, Spanish, German, etc. with the approval of the minor coordinator.

Last Updated: 6/30/19