The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama program seeks to provide students with the foundation needed to pursue careers in acting, design, stage management, directing, the entertainment industry and/or graduate study. Students are given the opportunity to receive a comprehensive knowledge of theatre history and dramatic literature, as well as practical experience in production and performance. Many theatre major graduates choose to pursue a master's degree upon completion of this program.
Students pursuing a theatre major will study topics such as acting, stage direction, lighting and design. Students will study dramatic literature including the major periods dating from early Greece to the Restoration. Students will be introduced to the art and craft of designing and executing two-dimensional, three-dimensional and special effects stage makeup. Another topic of exploration is stagecraft, which includes set and prop construction. The Theatre and Drama program 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.
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University‛s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
|Competency||Requirements||GCU Course Options||Total Credits|
|University Foundations||Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community. Students with fewer than 24 credits will fulfill the University Foundations requirement with a specified lower-division course. An upper-division selection will be made available to students that enter the university with more than 24 credits.||UNV-103/303, University Success: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Effective Communication||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.||UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits
|Christian Worldview||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/301.||CWV-101/301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Critical Thinking||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.||MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits||3-4 credits|
|Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).||INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits
If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|TRE-145||Acting I||This course identifies principles of pantomime and dramatic action designed to establish the proper relationship of the voice to the body and its functions in the interpretation of character. It is designed to help develop physical presence and facility in the actor, vocalist, teacher, athlete, and other persons involved in public performance.||4|
|TRE-130||Stagecraft||This course is the study of set and prop construction. Practical application of construction techniques is gained through theatre productions.||4|
|TRE-253||Acting II||This is an advanced acting course emphasizing scene study and textual analysis, allowing students to concentrate on the method and technique of building a character. Prerequisite: TRE-145.||4|
|TRE-325||Theatre History I: Greek to Restoration||This writing-intensive course is an in-depth study of the history and development of theatre from early Greece to the English Restoration.||4|
|TRE-245||Fundamentals of Theatrical Design||This course is a detailed study of the art and craft of designing and executing stage make-up. Topics include two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and special effects make-up. Students may also design and supervise make-up for Grand Canyon University Theatre productions. This course includes a comprehensive study of the major periods of costume history and the process of designing costumes for the theatre.||4|
|TRE-335||Dramatic Literature I||This course is a comprehensive study of the major periods and forms of dramatic literature dating from early Greece to the Restoration.||4|
|TRE-330||Theatre History II: 18th Century to Present||This writing-intensive course is an in-depth study of the history and development of theatre from 18th century through modern times.||4|
|TRE-339||Dramatic Literature II||This course is a comprehensive study of the major periods and forms of dramatic literature dating from the Restoration to the present.||4|
|TRE-439||Stage Direction||This course is a study of theories and techniques of interpreting and directing plays through lectures and demonstrations. Students are required to participate in laboratory projects in directing one-acts or scenes from full-length plays.||4|
|TRE-475||Stage Lighting and Design||This course concerns the art of designing lighting and scenery for the theatre. Students will actively participate in designing Grand Canyon University Theatre productions and classroom projects. Prerequisite: TRE-130.||4|
|Required Course Total Credit:||40|
|General Education Requirements:||34 - 40 credits|
|Open Elective Credits:||40 - 46 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
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.