Course Planning

Theatre Arts and Dance - Where to Start?

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Where should I start if I am just sampling this subject as a non-major?

    In the theatre program:
  • Any of the 100-level theatre (TART) courses are appropriate. The course, Introduction to Theatre (TART 100), provides an overview of the discipline.
  • Special topics courses in acting, performance and design (TART 391, 392, & 393) may be appropriate for new students regardless of experience. Please check the Catalog description for prerequisites and the online course schedule for this year’s offerings.
  • All students, regardless of background, are encouraged to participate in theatre productions (aka Hendrix Players). Productions may carry theatre activity credits (TARA).
    In the dance program:
  • All dance technique courses (DANC) and Reading and Writing (DANC 250) are appropriate for new students regardless of experience.
  • Dance ensemble is available by audition at the beginning of the fall semester. Please contact the dance instructor for details.

Where should I start if I might use this as part of a major or as a potential major?

    In the theatre program:
  • Any of the 100-level theatre (TART) courses are appropriate. Special topics courses may be appropriate for new students regardless of experience. Pre-requisites are listed in the course descriptions.
  • Well prepared students might consider starting with Fundamentals of Script Analysis (TART 210). Please consult with the course instructor or the department chair.
  • All students, regardless of background, are encouraged to participate in theatre productions (aka Hendrix Players). Productions may carry theatre activity credits (TARA).
    In the dance program:
  • All dance technique courses (DANC) and Reading and Writing (DANC 250) are appropriate for new students regardless of experience.
  • Dance ensemble is available by audition at the beginning of the fall semester. Please contact the dance instructor for details.

Where should I start if I have some experience in this discipline before college?

  • Students with previous experience in technical theatre could consider Fundamentals of Script Analysis (TART 210) or Scenery and Lighting (TART 260) or Costume and Make-up (TART 280). Students should talk to the course instructor or the department chair if they believe they are ready to start with this challenge.
  • For concurrent high school / college credits – please consult with the Department Chair.

When should I declare a major?

  • All students must declare a major by March 1st of their sophomore year.