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Theatre Arts - Track I Ð Acting and Directing

Theatre Arts

B.A or B.F.A Degree

The Theatre Arts program has a strong academic emphasis with students gaining experience to reinforce the coursework through productions, large and small. The degree program in Theatre Arts emphasizes process drama , the value of improvisation, and ensemble. Echoing the College motto, it also asks students to consider how practicing theatre arts serves "not self, but others." In the liberal arts setting, the program prepares students to pursue a wide variety of careers. Students receive broad exposure to the various disciplines within theatre and are encouraged by the faculty to pursue their special interests. Internship experience is encouraged (required for the B.F.A) either in a summer theatre company, or in some other setting appropriate to the major such as with a television station or community theatre. The Experiential Component (a requirement of the major as a whole) can be met by successfully completing the required courses.

Note: The nature of theatre as a field of study involves a considerable time commitment outside of regularly scheduled classes. Majors are expected to participate on stage or behind the scenes in all major productions as members of the artistic ensemble. Students are also expected to participate in a yearly adjudicated audition and a minimum of 3 annual reviews of performance and academic progress conducted by theatre arts faculty. All students complete a Senior Thesis Production.

(Minor Required) B.A.

The B.A. is frequently, but not exclusively, chosen by those wishing to pursue M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. This is also the program chosen by those seeking Teacher Licensure. The student's choice of minor may open up careers in such fields as Drama Therapy, Historical Re-enactment, Dramaturgy, Theatre Management, or Play Writing.

Note: Students majoring in Theatre may not minor in Theatre.

 Required Theatre Arts Courses(34 hours):

   THA 111 Fundamentals of Acting I (with a C or better) 3
   THA 202 Stage Craft 3
   THA 205 Applied Summer Theatre I 3
   THA 246 Play Production I: Beginning Directing 3
   THA 300 Auditions and Makeup 3
   THA 301 World Theatre through the 18 th Century (WI) 3
   THA 302 World Theatre 18 th Century to the Present (WI) 3
   THA 320 Advanced Acting and Performance Theory 3
   THA 336 Creative Dramatics in School, Church, and Community 4
   THA 446 Play Production II: Advanced Directing 3
   THA 498 Senior Seminar 3

 


Theatre Electives (Choose 5 hours from the following):

   THA 100 Theatre Appreciation 3
   THA 203 Video Production Workshop 3
   THA 233 Introduction to Musical Theatre 3
   THA 282-288 Performance Practicum (up to 2 for credit) 1 each
   THA 305, 405 Applied Summer Theatre II, III 3 each
   THA 346 Readers Theatre (SI) 3
   THA 412, 413, 414 Special Theatre Topics 1-3
   THA 499 Internship 3-6

 Total Hours Required in Major 39

(minor required)

Teacher Licensure

(For B.A. Degree with Teacher Education minor for all-level licensure required)

Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Theatre Arts (grades PK-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in All-Level Education. This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor .

Required Liberal Arts Core and Degree Specific Courses (18 hours)

   ENG 201, 202, 203, or 204 6
   DAN (any two classes) 2
   PSY 201 General Psychology 3
   PSY 211 Child & Adolescent Development and 3
   PSY 291 Practicum and Child Development Lab 1
   MUS 426 Music for Children 3

 

(No Minor Required) B.F.A.

The B.F.A. is frequently, but not exclusively, chosen by those students wishing to pursue M.F.A. Degrees and professional performing careers. It stresses heavy course and performance work in the area of emphasis. Students pursuing this degree normally declare no later than five semesters before graduation. If graduation is sooner, they must gain the endorsement of the program coordinator. There are two emphasis areas: Acting/Directing and Musical Theatre.

Required Common Theatre Courses for both Emphasis Areas

   THA 111 Fundamentals of Acting I 3
   THA 205 Applied Summer Theatre I 3
   THA 300 Auditions and Makeup 3
   THA 301 World Theatre I through the 18 th Century (WI) 3
   THA 302 World Theatre II through the Present (WI) 3
   THA 320 Advanced Acting 4
   THA 498 Senior Seminar 3
   THA 499 Internship 3

 

Acting/Directing Emphasis

  Acting/Directing Electives: Choose 14 hours from the following:

   THA 112 Fundamentals of Acting II 3
   THA 202 Stagecraft 3
   THA 203 Video Workshop 3
   THA 246 Play Production I: Beginning Directing 3
   THA 305, 405 Applied Summer Theatre II, III 3 each
   THA 336 Creative Dramatics in School, Church, and Community 3
   THA 346 Readers Theatre 3
   THA 412, 413, 414 Special Topics 1-3
   THA 446 Play Production II: Advanced Directing 3
   THA 481 Academic Theatre Practicum 1

 

Communication & Media Electives: Choose 9 hours from the following:

   COM 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
   COM 141, 241, Radio Performance Practicum/Seminar 3
   COM 271 Online Media 3
   COM 304 Communication Research 3
   COM 359 Documentary Photography 3

 

English Required:

   ENG 365 Shakespeare 3

 

English Electives: Choose 6 hours from the following

   ENG 142 – 442 Creative Arts Practicum (1 credit each)
Or ENG 131 – 432 Journalism Practicum (1 credit each)
3
   ENG 218 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
   ENG 221 Introduction to Film 3
   ENG 428 Contemporary Literature and Film 3

 

Total Hours Required in Major 57

 

Musical Theatre Emphasis (32 hours)

Required Theatre Courses:

   THA 233 Introduction to Musical Theatre 3
   THA 333 Advanced Musical Theatre 3

 Required Music Courses:

   MUS 153 Voice I 1
   MUS 154 Voice II 1
   MUS 131-432 Vocal Ensembles (1 credit each) 3
   MUS 102 Fundamentals of Music 3
   MUS 203 Harmony and Musicianship I 3
   MUS 204 Harmony and Musicianship II 3

 Required Dance Courses::

   DAN 105 Beginning Dance Styles 1
   DAN 106 Intermediate Dance Styles 1
   DAN 110 Beginning Dance for Performance 1
   DAN 111 Intermediate Dance for Performance 1
   DAN 121 Rhythm with the Feet 1
   DAN 122-323 Private Dance 1

Elective Choices (Choose 5 hours from the following):

   THA 202 Stagecraft 3
   THA 246 Play Production I: Beginning Directing 3
   THA 305, 405 Applied Summer Theatre II, III 3
   THA 336 Creative Theatre in School, Church and Community 3
   THA 412, 413, 414 Special Topics 1-3
   THA 446 Play Production II: Advanced Directing 3
   MUS 131-432 Vocal Ensembles 1
   MUS 480 Music Seminar: Advanced Topics in Music 3

 

Total Hours Required in Major 57
(At least 21 hours at 300-400 level required)