Theatre: Theatre Studies, BFA

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Theatre Studies Concentration


department website: https://theatre.illinois.edu

department faculty: https://theatre.illinois.edu/people/meet-our-faculty/


college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://www.faa.illinois.edu/


Theatre Studies Program

The theatre studies program focuses on the practical application of theatre scholarship and explores theatrical production as a collaborative art form that is grounded in theory, criticism, history, research, and writing.

The theatre studies concentration is intended to lay the foundation for students planning to pursue professional careers in areas of theatre for which advanced training or specialization at the graduate level is normally required. These areas include, but are not limited to: directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, arts management, social issues theatre, and theatre history and criticism.

Emphasis is given to a comprehensive study of theatre practices of the past, material participation in theatre practices of the present, and the discovery and application of theatre practices for the future.

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Theatre Studies Concentration



Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours.


General Education Requirements for all University Students

Composition I4
Advanced Composition (fulfilled by THEA 261)
Quantitative Reasoning, I and II6
Foreign Language0-12
General Education18
Humanities and the Arts (fulfilled by THEA 102 and THEA 261)
Natural Sciences and Technology (6 hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
Cultural Studies (U.S. Minority, Western, and non-Western Cultures) (9 hours)
General non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives11-14
Total Hours48-51

Core Requirements for all Theatre Majors

THEA 102Text to Stage 14
THEA 103Survey of Theatre Production4
THEA 170Fundamentals of Acting I 13
THEA 125Graphic Skills 13
or THEA 175 Fundamentals of Acting II
THEA 20821st Century American Dramaturgy3
THEA 262Literature of Modern Theatre3
THEA 360History of Theatre I4
THEA 361History of Theatre II4
Total Hours28

Theatre Studies Concentration

THEA 100Practicum I4
THEA 20821st Century American Dramaturgy3
THEA 211Introduction to Playwriting3
THEA 212Introduction to Directing3
THEA 218Intro to Social Issues Theatre3
or THEA 270 Relationships in Acting I
THEA 262Literature of Modern Theatre3
THEA 220Survey of Theatrical Design3
THEA 391Individual Topics2
THEA 392Individual Topics2
THEA 400Practicum IV2
THEA 490Professional Internship6
Advanced Theatre courses: any 300 or 400 level Theatre course 12
Supporting Professional Electives: any theatre, dance or music course12
Total Hours58