Theatre Arts and Dance Department

Theatre Arts and Dance Degree Requirements

Please note that the major and minor requirements have been adjusted for those graduating under the 2013-2014 catalog. Students will declare a catalog year when they declare their major to the registrar.

Requirements for previous catalogs can be found further down the page.

Major in Theatre Arts

13 courses distributed as follows:

  • TART 120 Voice for the Theatre
  • TART 140 Beginning Acting
  • TART 150 Movement for the Theatre
      or
    DANC 215 Modern Dance
  • 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 additional course, 200-level or above, in Theatre Arts or Dance.
  • Theatre Production Practicum (.25 credit each, all four are required, 1 course credit total)
    Department faculty register students with the Registrar
    • TARA P21 House & Publicity, Assistant Stage Manager, or Properties
    • TARA P22 Acting, Stage-Manager, Dance Captain, Sound, or Choreography
    • TARA P23 Scenery & Lighting
    • TARA P24 Costume & Make-up

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the theatre arts major consists of three parts. Parts one and two are completed during the fall semester and part three is completed during the spring semester of the senior year.

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. Part Three is completion of TART 497 Senior Seminar. The grade average of these three components is entered on the student’s transcript but is not calculated in the GPA.

Minor in Theatre Arts

7 courses distributed as follows:

  • TART210 Script Into Performance: Text Analysis
  • 1 course from the following:
    • DANC 160 Reading and Writing Dance: An Introduction
    • TART 120 Voice for the Theatre
    • TART 140 Beginning Acting
    • TART 150 Movement for the Theatre
  • 1 course from the following:
    • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
    • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Make-up
  • 1 course from the following:
    • TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I
    • TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II
  • 1 course from the following:
    • TART 290 Beginning Playwriting
    • TART 430 Stage Directing
    • TART 450 Production Design
  • 1 additional course, 200 level or above, in Theatre Arts or Dance
  • TARA Theatre Production Practicum (.25 credit each, all four are required, 1 course credit total)
  • Department faculty register students with the Registrar
    • TARA P21 House & Publicity, Assistant Stage- Manager, or Properties
    • TARA P22 Acting, Stage-Manager, Dance Captain, Sound, or Choreography
    • TARA P23 Scenery & Lighting
    • TARA P24 Costume & Make-up

MINOR IN DANCE

7 courses distributed as follows:

  • DANC 160 Reading and Writing Dance: An Introduction
  • DANC 325 Choreography
  • 2 courses from the following:
    • DANC 215 Modern Dance Technique
    • DANC 216 Ballet Technique
    • DANC 217 Jazz Dance Technique
    • TART 150 Stage Movement and Alexander Techniques
  • 1 course from the following:
    • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
    • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup
  • DANA A30 Dance Ensemble—four semesters (.25crediteach semester)
  • Theatre Production Practicum (.25 credit each, all four are required, 1 course credit total)
    Department faculty register students with the Registrar
    • • TARA P21 House & Publicity, Assistant Stage-Manager, or Properties
    • • TARA P22 Acting, Stage-Manager, Dance Captain, Sound, or Choreography
    • • TARA P23 Scenery & Lighting
    • • TARA P24 Costume & Make-up

Catalog requirements in place before fall 2013

Major Requirements:

Theatre Arts majors should generally adopt the following courses sequencing guidelines:

100-level courses for first year students; 200-level courses for second year students; 300 and 400-level courses for third year students and for fourth year students. With occasional exceptions all major coursework is offered yearly.

  • TART 120 Voice, Articulation, and Text Reading
  • TART 140 Beginning Acting
  • TART 150 Stage Movement and the Alexander Technique
  • TART 210 Script into Performance: Text Analysis
  • TART 220 Theatre Practicum
  • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
  • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup
  • TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I
  • TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II
  • TART 497 Senior Seminar
  • TART 430 Stage Directing
  • TART 450 Production Design

Minor Requirements:

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

  • TART 210 Script into performance: Text Analysis
  • TART 220 Theatre Practicum
  • Any one of the following:
    • TART 120 Voice, Articulation, and Text Reading
    • TART 140 Beginning Acting
    • TART 150 Stage Movement and the Alexander Technique
    • TART 160 Reading and Writing Dance--an Introduction
  • Any one of the following:
    • TART 260 Theatre Production: Scenery and Lighting
    • TART 280 Theatre Production: Costume and Makeup
  • Any one of the following:
    • TART 310 History of the Theatre and Drama I
    • TART 311 History of the Theatre and Drama II
  • Any one of the following:
    • TART 390 Playwriting
    • TART 430 Stage Directing
    • TART 450 Production Design

Independent Study: The department will consider proposals for Independent Study that are attempted to deepen an understanding of the theatre arts. Independent Studies may not replicate regular course offerings. Courses taught on alternate years will not be offered through individualized instruction.