The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama degree program provides students with the foundation essential for pursuing careers in acting, design, stage management, directing, the entertainment industry and/or graduate study. You will receive a comprehensive knowledge of theatre history and dramatic literature, as well as practical experience in production and performance. Many theatre degree graduates choose to pursue a master's degree upon completion of this program.
The drama and theatre degree program begins with courses in acting to identify principles of pantomime and dramatic action, develop physical presence and facility in persons involved in a public performance, and emphasize scene study and textual analysis. You will establish the proper relationships of the voice to the body and its functions in the interpretation of character.
Along with acting, program curriculum continues with the study of set and prop construction and an introduction to scenography. Topics include scenic lighting, costume and makeup design with an emphasis on drafting, modeling and rendering. The art and craft of designing and executing two-dimensional, three-dimensional and special effects stage makeup will be introduced as well. You will have the opportunity to assist designers for the universitys Ethington Theatre Series.
Learn about all aspects of stage direction, from studying theories and techniques of interpreting and directing plays through lectures and demonstrations, to designing lighting and scenery for the theatre. To complete this BA in theatre degree program, you will be required to participate in lab projects directing one-acts or scenes from full-length plays.
This theatre degree program also focuses on the study of dramatic literature, including the major periods dating from early Greece to the Restoration. Expect to participate in a writing-intensive theatre history course and in-depth study of the history and development of theatre from early Greece to the English Restoration. Then you will continue to study the history and development of theatre from the 18th century through modern times.
The drama and theatre program also works closely with the music program to produce a series of major productions throughout the school year. Auditions for all of the productions are open to the entire student body. Scholarships are available by audition and interview.
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.