Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama

Offered By: College of Fine Arts and Production
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]

Overview

Gain a Foothold in the Entertainment Business

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama program is offered by the College of Fine Arts and Performance, and it seeks to provide students with the foundation needed to pursue careers in acting, design, stage management, directing, the entertainment industry and graduate study. You can gain 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 theatre and drama program.

Explore and interpret dramatic literature, including the major periods dating from early Greece to the Restoration. An introduction into the art and craft of designing and executing two-dimensional, three-dimensional and special effects stage makeup is also a topic of study. Another topic of exploration in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama program is stagecraft, which includes set and prop construction.

An audition is required for acceptance into the theatre degree program.

Degree Outcomes

Lights, Settings and Acting

If you are interested in pursuing a theatre degree at GCU, you will study topics such as acting, stage direction, lighting and design to establish a solid knowledge foundation in many aspects of theatre production – from the performance pieces to performing to set design and makeup.

The theatre and drama degree 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.

In addition, College of Fine Arts and Performance students also learn to think critically, communicate clearly and live responsibly in a diverse world while integrating faith into all dimensions of life. This helps you represent different viewpoints that are meaningful to people on the stage, in performance, by directing or by mimicking life through set design, makeup or scripting.

What You Will Learn

The Art of Theatre Production

Among the subjects you will study are:

  • Pantomime and dramatic action to establish proper relationship between the voice and body
  • Developing the physical presence and facility in the actor, vocalist, teacher and athlete
  • Lighting, costume and makeup design
  • Advanced acting involving scene study and textural analysis
  • Methods of building a character and bringing it to life on stage
  • Comprehensive study of dramatic literature from the Restoration to the present

Career Outcomes

Prepare to Entertain

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama degree program is designed to give you a working knowledge of the elements that go in to a stage production, from dramatic literature to knowing how the period of the production influences stage settings, costuming, makeup mannerisms and more. This Bachelor of Arts degree can offer you the foundational knowledge to pursue acting or a higher education in dramatic arts, humanities and more.

The general educational content may result in skills, such as critical thinking, communication and team work, which are applicable to many types of working environments.

Course List

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General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
68 credits
Open Elective Credits:
12-18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

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.

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

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.

Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits

Requirements

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.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course is the study of set and prop construction. Practical application of construction techniques is gained through theatre productions.

Course Description

In this course students select and participate in one of the following areas of theatre production and management including: technical theatre, front of house, performance, and stage/production management. Students are required to choose at least three different disciplines within their four years of study. The course requires 40 lab hours that can be used toward fulfilling scholarship requirements.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This is an introductory course for vocal production and body manipulation. Students learn techniques for the healthy production, manipulation, and utilization of sound and movement. The student’s voice and body are developed through conditioning exercises. Vocal production and movement are linked to a character's intention and given circumstances in order to facilitate a compelling, understandable performance.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to scenography. Topics include scenic, lighting, costume, and makeup design, with an emphasis on drafting, modeling, and rendering. Students will have the opportunity to assist designers for the University’s Ethington Theatre Series.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is an in-depth study of the history and development of theatre from early Greece to the English Restoration.

Course Description

In this course students select and participate in one of the following areas of theatre production and management including: technical theatre, front of house, performance, and stage/production management. Students are required to choose at least three different disciplines within their four years of study. The course requires 40 lab hours that can be used toward fulfilling scholarship requirements.

Course Description

In this course students use the theoretical aspects of dramatic literature, acting, and scenography to create a play. Prerequisite: ENG-106

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive study of the major periods and forms of dramatic literature dating from early Greece to the Restoration.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is an in-depth study of the history and development of theatre from the 18th century through modern times.

Course Description

This course is a study of theories and techniques for 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. Prerequisites: TRE-253 and TRE-335 or TRE-339.

Course Description

In this course students select and participate in one of the following areas of theatre production and management including: technical theatre, front of house, performance, and stage/production management. Students are required to choose at least three different disciplines within their four years of study. The course requires 40 lab hours that can be used toward fulfilling scholarship requirements.

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive study of the major periods and forms of dramatic literature dating from the Restoration to the present.

Course Description

Students learn to develop design concepts through research and the creative process that reinforce and illuminate a director’s vision to communicate these concepts visually and in written form. Students learn to use technology specific to design that may include CAD and other digital design programs. Students learn graphic design standards based on industry guidelines including hand drawing, drafting, and model making culminating in a complete design presentation. Prerequisites: TRE-130 and TRE-245 or permission of instructor.

Course Description

This course concerns the art of designing costumes for the theatre. Students construct a costume of their own design.

Course Description

This course is designed for the preparation of theatre students for professional life and graduate school interviews. Students set professional goals, plan achievable steps to meet those goals, and gather the tools required to complete each step. Students also learn key networking and marketing skills to find, obtain, execute successful interviews, and manage tax and finances. Students study the literature of professional theatrical organizations to plan candidacy and learn professional deportment. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

Course Description

In this course students select and participate in one of the following areas of theatre production and management including: technical theatre, front of house, performance, and stage/production management. Students are required to choose at least three different disciplines within their four years of study. The course requires 40 lab hours that can be used toward fulfilling scholarship requirements.

Course Description

This course continues the study of theories and techniques for interpreting and directing plays, musicals, and operas through lectures and demonstrations. Students focus on major directing and research projects, story clarity, collaboration, and advanced rehearsal processes. Prerequisite: TRE-325 or TRE-330 and TRE-335 or TRE-339

Course Description

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. Prerequisites: TRE-130 and TRE-245.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

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Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.

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On-campus program disclosures

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