B.A. in Theatre

Theatre offers students the opportunity to cover all areas of a theatre degree, including acting for stage and screen, directing, design, dramaturgy, and technical theatre. As a Theatre major, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, identify historical periods and styles, and demonstrate skill in technical theatre, such as costuming, lighting, set design and construction. In the theatre program at NSU, you’ll engage with a diverse community of performers and behind-the-scenes technicians as you create productions that attract audiences from across the university and the local community. Whether you choose a concentration in Acting for Stage and Screen, Musical Theatre, or Design and Technical Production, our on-campus costume and scenery shops, dance studios, music labs, and design studios let you connect your stage work with technical experience.

The B. A. in Theatre at NSU prepares you to excel as a professional in the performing arts. Graduates of our theatre program have worked professionally at local theatres and performing arts schools, with national touring companies, and for international studios and audiences. Your broad training and experience will allow you to follow more than one path to a profession in arts administration, casting, directing, producing, event planning, or public speaking. Realize your dramatic potential on your own terms.

 The successful Theatre graduate is expected to:

  • Apply theatre/dramatic theory to practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context of theatre history.
  • Identify knowledge of theatre/dramatic industry practices.

 

B.A. in Theatre Requirements

Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.
Theatre Requirements Students are required to complete 53 credit hours as part of the Theatre Program. See the curriculum below. 
Core Courses (35 credits)
Credits
ARTS 2600
Introduction to Arts Administration (ARTS 2600 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2020
Acting I (THEA 2020 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2030
Play Analysis (THEA 2030 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2060
Technical Theatre (THEA 2060 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2101
Theatre Laboratory I (THEA 2101 / Credits: 1 )
1
THEA 2102
Theatre Laboratory II (THEA 2102 / Credits: 1 )
1
THEA 2103
Theatre Laboratory III (THEA 2103 / Credits: 1 )
1
THEA 2104
Theatre Laboratory IV (THEA 2104 / Credits: 1 )
1
THEA 3000
American Musical Theatre (THEA 3000 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3050
Costume and Makeup (THEA 3050 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3200
Theatre History I (THEA 3200 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3250
Theatre History II (THEA 3250 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3500
Production and Stage Management (THEA 3500 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 4100
Directing for the Stage (THEA 4100 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 4930
Senior Seminar (THEA 4930 / Credits: 1 )
1
Required 9 credits
Credits
THEA 2000
Voice and Movement (THEA 2000 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3020
Acting II (THEA 3020 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3040 or THEA 3060
Lighting Design or Scene Design (THEA 3040 or THEA 3060 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 9 credits from the following courses
Credits
THEA 1000
The Theatre Arts (THEA 1000 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 1500
Comedy and Improvisation (THEA 1500 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2025
Performance for Film and Television (THEA 2025 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3025
Audition Techniques (THEA 3025 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 4900
Special Topics in Theatre (THEA 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required 12 credits
Credits
THEA 1001
The Theatre Arts (THEA 1001 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3040
Lighting Design (THEA 3040 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3060
Scene Design (THEA 3060 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 3080
Sound Design (THEA 3080 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 3700
Methods and Materials (ARTS 3700 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 6 credits from the following courses
Credits
ARTS 1200
Introduction to Drawing (ARTS 1200 / Credits: 3 )
3
ARTS 2410
Graphic Design I (ARTS 2410 / Credits: 3 )
3
MUSC 2600
Music Production I (MUSC 2600 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 4900
Special Topics in Theatre (THEA 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 4950
Internship in Theatre (THEA 4950 / Credits: 3 )
3
Required 9 credits
Credits
DANC 2101
Dance Lab (DANC 2101 / Credits: 1 )
1
DANC XXXX
Choose any DANC course (DANC XXXX / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2000
Voice and Movement (THEA 2000 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 2401
Singing Technique (THEA 2401 / Credits: 2 )
2
THEA 2402
Singing Musicianship (THEA 2402 / Credits: 2 )
2
THEA 3020
Acting II (THEA 3020 / Credits: 3 )
3
THEA 4401
Singing Artistry (THEA 4401 / Credits: 2 )
2
THEA 4402
Advanced Singing (THEA 4402 / Credits: 2 )
2

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Graduates of DCMA’s Theatre program can become leaders in a variety of industries and professions, including:
Sample Careers
Arts Administrator Cultural/Community Center Director Literary Manager / Dramaturge
Arts Council Manager Director Live-Event Technician
Arts Fundraiser, Development Drama Therapist Motivational Speaker
Audience Relations Specialist Entertainment Agent / Manager Producer
Casting Director Event Planner Stage and Screen Actor/Designer

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