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Overview of Degree Requirements

Description of Bachelor of Fine Arts In Visual and Performing Arts Degree Types

Performance Concentration

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as actors in professional theatres and for those who want to prepare for application to MFA programs in graduate schools. Students work closely with the theatre performance faculty, who act as mentors. Performance students are required to audition each semester for each main stage production. This track is selective and competitive; students’ work and competencies are reviewed each semester.

Technology Concentration

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers as stage designers, lighting designers, technical directors, or costumers and for those who want to prepare for application to MFA programs at graduate schools. Technology students work closely with the theatre design faculty and staff, who act as mentors. Students are required to work in all design and technology areas each semester. This track is selective and competitive; students’ work and capabilities are reviewed each semester.

 

Description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Types

Generalist Concentration

This specialization is designed for students who want to study theatre (history, literature, theory, criticism, and aesthetics) in its broadest sense. As in any liberal art, the study of theatre provides students with a holistic curriculum and a broad background in thought, critical thinking, writing skills, analysis, and a general knowledge of literature, philosophy, and technology, all of which prepares them with a wide variety experiences and potential. Students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in theatre work closely with their advisor to design a curriculum that provides a solid basis in theatre arts.

Applied Theatre Concentration

This specialization is designed for students who want to pursue careers in the field of theatre in education. (An Education Endorsement is required in this track and substitutes for a minor field of study.)

 

Description of a Minor in Theatre

This degree is a pre-professional degree designed for students who, upon graduation, wish to work in the professional theatre as performers, technicians, or managers or who want to prepare for application to MFA programs in graduate schools.