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Theatre Studies - B.F.A. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (11 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  THEA 11110 Making Theatre: Culture and Practice 2
    21111 Script Analysis 3
    31110 History of Theatre and Drama I 3
    31111 History of Theatre and Drama II 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (30 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts* 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  Kent Core Additional 6
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (79-81 credits)
  Design and Technology (79)
  Musical Theatre (81)
MINIMUM TOTAL  121-123

*Students in the Design and Technology concentration must take remaining 3 credits in the Humanities category.

 

Design and Technology Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (77 credits)  Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art 3
KFA   22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
  THEA 11303 The Art of Acting 3
    11521 Graphics for the Theatre 3
    11722 Fundamentals of Production I: Scenery, Stagecraft and Sound* 2
    11723 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory I: Scenery* 1
    11724 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory II: Props and Scenic Art* 1
    11732 Fundamentals of Production II: Costumes, Lighting and Projections* 2
    11733 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory III: Costumes* 1
    11734 Fundamentals of Production Laboratory IV: Lighting Sound and Projections* 1
ELR   13092 Bachelor of Fine Arts Freshman Practicum: Design and Technology 3
    21501 Sophomore Portfolio Review 1
    21521 Theatrical Drafting 3
ELR   23092 Bachelor of Fine Arts Sophomore Practicum: Design and Technology 3
    31501 Junior Portfolio Review 1
ELR   33092 Bachelor of Fine Arts Junior Practicum: Design and Technology 3
    41306 Professional Aspects: Design and Technology 3
    41501 Senior Portfolio Review 1
ELR   43092 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Practicum: Design and Technology 3
WIC    41620 History of Period Styles for Theatre Designers 3
    41621 Presentation Media 3
    31401

41736
Directing *** (3)
or
Production and Stage Management (3)
3
ELR   41900 Capstone Project * 1
  Choose from the following: (6 credit hours) 6
  THEA 21522 Lighting Design ** (3)  
    21524 Costume Design ** (3)  
    21622 Scene Design (3)  
  Theatre Design: choose from the following (9 credit hours) 9
  FDM 20013 History of Costume (3)  
  THEA 41522 Sound Design and Technology I (3)  
    41523 Design Studio: Lighting (3)  
    41524 Design Studio: Costume (3)  
    41527 Sound Design and Technology II (3)  
    41622 Design Studio: Scenery (3)  
  Theatre Technology: choose from the following (9 credit hours) 9
  FDM 20013 History of Costume (3)  
  THEA 21016 Makeup for Stage and Screen (3)  
    21523 Costume Technology (3)  
    21621 Scene Painting (3)  
    31560 Scenic Technology (3)  
    41521 Advanced Lighting Technology I (3)  
    41525 Props and Crafts (3)  
    41526 Advanced Lighting Technology II (3)  
    41528 Theatre Sound Reinforcement (3)  
    41529 Advanced Wig and Makeup Technology (3)*  
    41560 Theatre Fabrication Technology (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (4 credits)
Type Title Credits
  General Elective (lower or upper division) 4
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 79

* The courses list below must be taken together:

  • THEA 11722 must be taken with THEA 11723 and THEA 11724.
  • THEA 11732 must be taken with THEA 11733 and THEA 11734.

**A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned in THEA 41620 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.
*** Offered in fall only.
****Offered in fall of odd years only.

Students are expected to participate in at least one main-stage production per semester (this may be in addition to any production design assignment).

Students on academic probation may not participate in School of Theatre and Dance productions. Students may be dropped from the program for failure to maintain a 2.50 GPA.

Students must pass yearly portfolio reviews to remain in the program.
 

Musical Theatre Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (75 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  DAN Dance Elective (lower or upper division)* 8
  MUS 17111 Piano Class 1
    17112 Piano Class 1
    36311 Applied Music- Voice 8
  THEA 20202 Music Theory for Musical Theatre I 3
    20203 Music Theory for Musical Theatre II 3
    21303 Acting Process 3
    21306 Musical Theatre Performance I (taken twice) 6
ELR   22092 Practicum I: Design and Technology 3
    31303 Character and Scene Study I 3
    31304 Character and Scene Study II 3
    41307 Musical Theatre Performance II (taken twice) 6
ELR   42192 Practicum I: Performance 3
    11722 Fundamentals of Production I: Scenery, Stagecraft and Sound* 2
    11723

11724
Fundamentals of Production Laboratory I: Scenery* (1)
or
Fundamentals of Production Laboratory II: Props and Scenic Art* (1)
1
    11732 Fundamentals of Production II: Costumes, Lighting and Projections* 2
    11733

11734
Fundamentals of Production Laboratory III: Costumes* (1)
or
Fundamentals of Production Laboratory IV: Lighting, Sound and Projections* (1)
1
  Choose from the following: ** 3
WIC DAN 47163 Dance History II (3)  
WIC THEA 41026 Playwriting (3)  
WIC   41140 American Musical Theatre History (3)  
WIC   41620 History of Period Styles (3)  
  Choose from the following: Guided elective (minimum 8 hours must be upper division) 15
  DAN Dance Electives lower or upper division (1)  
  MUS 36311 Applied Music- Voice (1)  
    45131 Opera: Singer-Actor Techniques (2)  
    47311 Voice Class (1)  
  THEA 21016 Makeup for Stage and Screen (3)  
    21700 Movement I (3)  
    21800 Voice I (3)  
    31701 Movement II (3)  
    31801 Voice II (3)  
    41095 Special Topics (1-3)  
    41301 Acting for the Camera I (3)  
    41302 Acting for the Camera I (3)  
    41308 Musical Theatre Audition (3)  
    41499 Musical Theatre Showcase *** (2)  
    41702 Movement and Dance for Actors (3)  
    41802 Ensemble Singing (1)  
ELR   42192 Practicum II: Performance (3-6)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)
Type Title Credits
  Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 6
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 81

*Chosen with advisor based on placement.
**A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned in either DAN 47163 or THEA 41026 or 41110 or 41140 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.
***The courses list below must be taken together
THEA 11722 must be taken with THEA 11723 or THEA 11724.
THEA 11732 must be taken with THEA 11733 or THEA 11734.

Special concentration notes:

  • Students are required to audition for all theatre division main stage productions and accept roles if cast.
  • Students must pass annual evaluations reviews to remain in the program.
  • Students on academic probation may not participate in School of Theatre and Dance productions. Students may be dropped from the program for failure to maintain a 2.50 GPA.
  • Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 123 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:
    • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
    • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
    • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
    • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
    • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
    • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.