Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

Theatre Arts and Dance

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a major in Theatre Arts, a minor in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance. Students choosing to major in Theatre Arts and minor in Dance may double count courses required for the major toward the completion of the minor. Students who declare a major in Theatre Arts must engage a member of the department as their academic advisor no later than the Fall semester of their junior year.

Theater Arts Major

Twelve courses distributed as follows:

  • TART 120 Voice for the Theatre
  • TART 140 Beginning Acting
  • One of the following:
    • TART 150 Movement for the Theatre
      OR any of the following courses:
      • DANC 215 Modern Dance Technique
      • DANC 216 Ballet Technique
      • DANC 217 Jazz Dance Technique
  • TART 210 Script Into Performance: Text Analysis
  • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
  • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Make-up
  • TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I
  • TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II
  • TART 430 Stage Directing
  • TART 450 Production Design
  • TART 497 Senior Seminar
  • One elective from 200 or above in TART or DANC

THEATRE PRODUCTION PRACTICUM (.25 credit each, all four are required) Theatre Arts and Dance faculty will register the student with the registrar

  • TARA P21 House & Publicity, Assistant Stage-Manager, or Properties
  • TARA P22 Acting, Stage-Manger, Dance Captain, Sound
  • TARA P23 Scenery& Lighting
  • TARA P24 Costume & Make-up

Minor

A minor in Theatre Arts will consist of at least seven courses distributed as follows:

  • TART 210 Script Into Performance: Text Analysis
  • Theatre Production Practicum as detailed above
  • One elective from TART or DANC at 200 level or above
  • Any one of the following:
    • TART 120 Voice for the Theatre
    • TART 140 Beginning Acting
    • TART 150 Movement for the Theatre
    • DANC 160 Reading and Writing Dance
  • One of the following:
    • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
    • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Make-up
  • One of the following:
    • TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I
    • TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II
  • One of the following:
    • TART 290 Beginning Playwriting
    • TART 430 Stage Directing
    • TART 450 Production Design

Dance Minor

A minor in Dance will consist of at least seven courses distributed as follows:

  • DANC 160 Reading and Writing Dance
  • DANC 325 Choreography
  • DANA A30 Dance Ensemble (four full semesters)
  • Theatre Production Practicum as detailed above
  • Two of the following:
    • DANC 215 Modern Dance Technique
    • DANC 216 Ballet Technique
    • DANC 217 Jazz Dance Technique
    • TART 150 Movement for the Theatre
  •  One of the following
    • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
    • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup

COURSE PLANNING:

First Year  TART 120 Voice for the Theatre 
  TART 140 Beginning Acting 
  TART 150 Movement for the Theatre 
  TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting 
Second Year TART 210 Script into Performance: Text Analysis 
  TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting 
 
Third Year

TART 310 History of Theatre and Drama I

or

TART 311 History of Theatre and Drama II

  TART 450 Production Design 
Fourth Year

TART 310 History of Theatre and Drama I

or

TART 311 History of Theatre and Drama II

  TART 430 Stage Directing 
  TART 497 Senior Seminar  

SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

The Senior Capstone Experience for the Theatre Arts major consists of three parts. Part one consists of a written document of the student’s manifesto for the Theatre, and part two consists of a public oral presentation of that manifesto.  The grade average of these two components is entered on the student’s transcript but is not calculated in the GPA. Part three is completion of TART 497 Senior Seminar.  The grade for TART 497 is calculated in the student’s GPA.  


TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN SPEECH AND DRAMA

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance strongly recommends that students wishing to certify as secondary teachers of speech and drama in the state of Arkansas should enroll in TART 110 The Art of Public Speaking (or its equivalent at another institution) before participating in student teaching. Students who are considering teacher certification in speech and drama should consult with the department faculty before the end of their sophomore year.

DANCE ACTIVITY COURSES: MODERN AND BALLET

These three courses are offered as Activity courses. Each meets the Physical Activity requirement.

HENDRIX DANCE ENSEMBLE

Auditions for the Hendrix Dance Ensemble are held during the first week of the Fall semester. Two semesters of participation in Dance Ensemble (DANA A30) may be used to satisfy the Physical Activity capacity requirement toward graduation. Students may count only one whole course credit (four semesters) of DANA A30 toward graduation. The whole course credit may be used to fulfill the EA Learning Domain requirement.