Theatre: Theatre Studies, BFA

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

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Theatre Studies Program

The theatre studies concentration focuses on the practical applications of theatre and explores theatrical productions as a collaborative art form that is grounded in practice, theory, criticism, history, research and writing.   The theatre studies concentration is intended to lay the foundation for students planning to pursue professional careers in the 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, participation in theatre practices of the present and the discovery and development of theatre practices for the future. 

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

A minimum of 128 hours of credit is required for the degree.

Twelve hours of 300 and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

40 credits hours in degree required in 300-400 level coursework to meet IBHE requirements.

General Education Requirements for all University Students

General Education Requirements: (40 hrs with Language requirements fulfilled)
Composition I4
Advanced Composition3
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Cultures3
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures3
Quantitative Reasoning I3
Quantitative Reasoning II3
Humanities and the Arts6
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Language Requirement 10-12
General, Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives (as needed to total a minimum of 128 hours to earn the degree)

Core Requirements for all Theatre Majors

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
THEA 100Practicum I2
THEA 200Practicum II2
THEA 121Theatre Foundations: Performance3
THEA 122Theatre Foundations: Theory and Practice3
THEA 123Theatre Foundations: Production3
THEA 20821st Century Dramaturgy3
THEA 304Global Theatre Performance3
THEA 364Topics in Theatre History3
THEA 404Professional Career Development1
Total Hours24

Summary of Credits for BFA in Theatre

Core Requirements for All Theatre Majors24
General Education Requirements31-40
Language Requirements, if needed0-12
Concentration Requirements (see tables below for individual concentrations)49-52
General Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives as needed to total 128 hours0-18
Total Credits for BFA in Theatre128

Theatre Studies Concentration

THEA 175Fundamentals of Acting II3
THEA 211Introduction to Playwriting3
THEA 212Introduction to Directing3
THEA 220Survey of Theatrical Design3
THEA 391Individual Topics2
THEA 392Individual Topics2
THEA 400Practicum IV3
Choose 3 credit hours:3
Intro to Social Issues Theatre
Relationships in Acting I
Other THEA 200-level course
Choose 6 credit hours:6
Dramaturgs Workshop
Playwrights' Workshop
Directors Workshop
Choose 12 credit hours:12
Any 300 or 400 level Theatre courses
Supporting Professional Electives: theatre, dance or music courses, or other courses as approved by Theatre advisor9
Total Hours49