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BFA Production and Design Curriculum

Theatre Major, Production/Design Concentration (B.F.A.) – Undergraduate

Program Overview 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Production & Design provides rigorous training with an intensive focus in theatrical design, production and technology, with areas of focus including scenic, costume and lighting design/technology, as well as stage management. The program is based in the Department of Theatre & Dance. For further information, go to: BFA Production and Design. (note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluations for continuation in the programs.)

Curriculum Requirements

All university students must complete a set of General Education Requirements applicable to their specific degree. In addition, students pursuing the Theatre Major, Production and Design (BFA) must complete the major requirements listed below:

PRODUCTION/DESIGN CONCENTRATION

Complete 89 semester hours including the following 2 requirements w/a min 2.700 GPA. Mjr courses w/grades below C- must be repeated.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Complete 2 requirement(s):

FOUNDATIONAL COURSEWORK

Complete the following for 19 semester hours:

THTR140Introduction to Design for Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0
THTR151Stagecraft: Production and Design (2 hours lecture, 5 hours lab)3.0
THTR152Basic Lighting Technologies for Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR153Costume Construction I (2 hours lecture, 5 hours lab)3.0
THTR154Basic Sound Technologies for Live Performance (1 hour lecture)1.0
THTR208Play Script Interpretation (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR245Drafting I: Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0

Complete for 3 semester hours.

THTR155Stage Management (3 hours lecture)3.0

Complete for a total of 8 semester hours.

THTR205Rehearsal and Production: BFA Production and Design (1 hour lecture)1.0

SUPPORTIVE COURSEWORK

Complete the following for 20 semester hours:

ARHT105Art in Western Civilization: Ancient Through Medieval (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARHT106Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance through Modern (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR210Theatre History: Classical to Elizabethan (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR211Theatre History: Restoration to Modern (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR234History of Style: Pre-History to Elizabethan (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR235History of Style II: Restoration to Present (3 hour lecture)3.0
THTR440Senior Seminar: Production and Design (2 hours lecture)2.0

Complete 1 course(s) for 3 semester hours from .

THTR330Play Direction I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR480Concept and Collaboration in Theatre (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)3.0

AREA OF SPECIALIZATION

Complete 36 semester hours from the following for specialization in one or more approved areas. See department for list.

ACCT204Fundamentals of Accounting (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARDW201Life Drawing, Beginning I (6 hours studio)3.0
ARTX122Culture and Appearance (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARTX150Fundamentals of Makeup for Beauty and Fashion3.0
ARTX151Advanced Principles and Techniques of Makeup for Fashion and Beauty (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARTX152Professional Level Challenges in Makeup Artistry (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARTX320Dress and Fashion History, Prehistory to 1800 (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARTX321Dress and fashion History, from 1800 to Today (3 hours lecture)3.0
ARTX422Apparel Design: Draping (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0
ARTX426Apparel Design: Flat Pattern (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0
ECON202Economics and Finance for Business Minors (3 hours lecture)3.0
ENTR201The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation (3 hours lecture)3.0
ENTR301Creating Your Startup Business Model (3 hours lecture)3.0
ENTR302Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup (3 hours lecture)3.0
INBS250Introduction to International Business (3 hours lecture)3.0
INFO301Business Decision Making (3 hours lecture)3.0
MGMT231Management Processes (3 hours lecture)3.0
MKTG240Introduction to Marketing (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR105Acting I (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR139Stage Make-Up (1 hour lecture, 2 hours studio)1.0 – 3.0
THTR160Drawing and Rendering I: Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR239Advanced Stage Make-Up (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab)3.0
THTR246Drafting II: Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR250Advanced Theatre Technology (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR252Scene Design I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR253Theatrical Sound Design (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR254Costume Design I (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR256Stage Management II (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR258Fundamentals of Stage Lighting (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR260Drawing and Rendering II: Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR261Digital Rendering for Theatre/Performance Design (5 hours studio)3.0
THTR273Fabric Dyeing and Painting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0
THTR345Scene Design II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR346Costume Design II (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR347Lighting Design II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)3.0
THTR348Advanced Theatrical Sound Design (3 hours lab, 1 hour lecture)3.0
THTR357Advanced Lighting Technologies (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studuio)3.0
THTR366Stage Technique: Combat (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR381Theatre Administration and Audience Development (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR382Contracts and Law in Theatre (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR385Production Management (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR403Independent Study1.0 – 3.0
THTR432Special Topics in Theatre1.0 – 3.0
THTR442Theatrical Model Making (3 hours lecture)3.0
THTR445Advanced Scenography Studio (6 hour lab)3.0
TVDM277Audio Production for Film/Digital Media (3 hours lecture)3.0
TVDM373MIDI and Digital Music Production (3 hours lecture)3.0
TVDM377Sound Analysis and Design (3 hours lecture)3.0
TVDM477Sound Design for Film (3 hours lecture)3.0

1 course from may be taken.

DNCE262Visual Media Design and Technology for Live Performance (3 hours lab, 1 hour lecture)3.0
THTR262Visual Media Design and Technology for Live Performance (3 hours lab, 1 hour lecture)3.0

Up to 6 semester hours of may be completed.

THTR247Scenic Painting (1 hour lecture, 4 hours lab)3.0

Up to 9 semester hours of may be completed.

THTR270Advanced Costume Construction (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0

Up to 9 semester hours of may be completed.

THTR272Costume Crafts (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0

Up to 9 semester hours of may be completed.

THTR354Topics in Technical Theatre (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)3.0

Up to 16 semester hours of may be completed.

THTR490Theatre Cooperative Education Experience4.0 – 16