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 courses
  • Special topics course in acting, performance and design (TART 391, 392, & 393) may be appropriate for new students regardless of previous 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 160) are appropriate for new students regardless of previous experience.
  • Dance ensemble is available by audition at the beginning of the fall semester. Please contact a 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 courses, special topics courses may be appropriate for new students regardless of previous experience. (designation will be in course description)
  • 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 160) are appropriate for new students regardless of previous experience.
  • Dance ensemble is available by audition at the beginning of the semester. Please contact a dance instructor for details.

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

  • Students with previous experience in practical theatre could consider Script into Performance: Text Analysis (TART 210) or Production: Scenery and Lighting (TART 260) and Costume and Make-up (TART 280). Students should talk to the department if they believe they are ready to start with this challenge.
  • For concurrent high school / college credits – please consult with the Department

When should I declare a major?

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