College of Arts and Letters2017-2018

Department of Theatre

Theatre, Bachelor of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Design and Technology - Emphasis
  • Performance - Emphasis
  • Theatre Studies - Emphasis

This multifaceted undergraduate program imparts a broad grounding in stagecraft, behind and in front of the curtain. The program includes theatrical history, theory, critique, technology, design, and hands-on production experiences.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre?

If you dream of a life that’s long on excitement and short on the dull bits, then the theatre is calling you. Whether you hope to work in professional theatre or pursue further education, our programs will put your dreams at center stage.

We offer nationally respected curricula in theatre studies, performance, and design and technology. We will help you develop the broadest possible understanding of the art and craft of the stage with our practical and academic courses. You'll also receive a firm grounding in the liberal arts. You'll study dramatic literature, history, theory and criticism, theatre performance, and design, and technology. You'll have plenty of opportunities to learn by doing. The university theatre season includes four faculty directed, mainstage productions and numerous student produced, second stage productions per year. You will learn to express yourself logically and artistically, and graduate prepared for post-baccalaureate study, or professional theatre.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Costume designer
  • Drama teacher
  • Lighting designer
  • Costume technician
  • Scenic carpenter or painter
  • Technical director
  • Stage manager
  • Master Electrician

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Professional Theatre
  • Film or television
  • Educator


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 51 units of major requirements including a 19 unit emphasis
  • At least 18 units of minor requirements

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.5
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended

Purpose Statement

The study of Theatre Arts is an integral part of a liberal arts education. As such, Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre seeks to give the undergraduate theatre student the broadest possible understanding of the art and craft of theatre through the creative, critical, and applied practice of theatre, and provide opportunity through performance and production for the student to learn their art by doing their art in a learner centered environment. The program seeks to prepare students for the global society by creating an awareness of the “other”, practicing empathetical thinking, and sustainability with a global perspective.

Student Learning Outcomes

All Theatre Degrees
  • evaluate, analyze, and apply a depth and breadth of knowledge about the global impact of Theatre history, literature, and practices to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
  • value and apply an understanding of and experience with Theatre as a collaborative art to the  scholarship and practice of Theatre.
  • apply knowledge of theory to practical work in Theatre.
  • articulate an understanding of sustainability in Theatre, in all of its manifestations.
  • effectively communicate the theory and practice of Theatre in the following modes: digital, literary, verbal, and non-verbal.
  • apply effective problem solving through creative and critical thinking.
  • demonstrate the facility to synthesize and apply their liberal studies to the practice of Theatre.
  • practice an effective system of preparation and working habits.
Theatre: Emphasis in Design/Technology
  • Evaluate, analyze and apply a depth and breadth of knowledge about the global impact of Theatre history, literature, and practices to the scholarship and practice of the art and craft of Theatre.
    • synthesize knowledge acquired through the study of Theatre history, theory and criticism, and articulate their own stances on the global stage of Theatre.
    • analyze knowledge of the history and development of modern design techniques and apply to their own Theatre design.
    • articulate the cultural relationships and diversity of all aspects of Theatre.
  • Value and apply understanding of and experience with Theatre as a collaborative art to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • practice effective communication within a collaborative environment.
    • effectively engage in the design and build process with other Theatre practitioners.
    • value and understand professional and ethical boundaries within the collaborative Theatrical process.
    • apply active listening skills.
    • evaluate and apply an appreciation of the different areas of technical Theatre to effectively work in their chosen areas.
    • practice non-verbal skills to effectively communicate their intentions.
  • Apply knowledge of theory to practical work in Theatre.
    • apply modern design tools and skill sets to various positions in Theatre through the actual practice of Theatre.  
    • demonstrate knowledge and correct application of discipline-based language, terminology, and vernacular.
    • effectively communicate with Theatre professionals.
    • practice effective drafting, drawing, model building, and other practical methods of non-verbal technical communication.
    • practice effective research and documentation of research in the design process.
  • Articulate an understanding of sustainability in Theatre, in all its manifestations.
    • identify and discuss current professional Theatrical practices aimed at increasing sustainability.
    • recognize, discuss, and analyze the sustainability of storytelling as an art form that is socially, culturally, and historically contextualized.
  • Effectively communicate the theory and practice of Theatre in the following modes: digital, literary, verbal, and non-verbal.
    • articulate knowledge of the fundamentals of multiple areas of Technical Theatre in various modes of discipline-based communication—in particular digital, verbal, and written forms.
    • demonstrate comprehension, evaluation, and analysis of modern design tools for various positions in Theatre.  
    • analyze and evaluate their places in their chosen Design/Technical field
  • Apply effective problem solving through creative and critical thinking.
    • articulate the creative process through the successful completion of a Capstone defense.
    • critically analyze their own processes.
    • integrate design challenges to a process in order to find creative solutions.
    • articulate their processes in relation to production challenges.
  • Demonstrate the facility to synthesize and apply their liberal studies to the practice of Theatre.
    • apply awareness and comprehension of the scope of university course work taken in order to critically analyze their own processes as Theatre artists.
    • integrate university course work to meet design difficulties and apply this knowledge in creative ways.
    • articulate process in relation to production challenges by comprehending, analyzing, and synthesizing a diversity of stories, which are the basis of the art of Theatre.
    • synthesize and apply their knowledge of all areas of Theatre and the liberal arts to effectively complete a capstone project.
  • Practice an effective system of preparation and working habits.
    • implement the Theatrical practice of always being on time, prepared, and ready to work, through successful completion of coursework and practical application in the shops and backstage.
    • recognize, describe, and implement effective preparation practices for a designer or technician.
    • apply and recognize the importance of continual preparation, research, and practice in design and technology.
    • implement effective classroom strategies such as active discussion participation, engagement with course materials, and asking relevant questions.
    • practice effective and efficient writing techniques, including outlining, peer reviewing, and revision.
    • collaborate within groups to prepare and present course material.
Theatre: Emphasis in Performance
  • Evaluate, analyze, and apply a depth and breadth of knowledge about the global impact of Theatre history, literature, and practices to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • recognize the literary, theoretical, and historical practices of performance in the global Theatre by taking courses in Script Analysis, Modern Drama, and Theatre History.
    • synthesize knowledge acquired through the study of Theatrical history, theory and criticism, and be able to articulate their own stances on the global stage of Theatre.
    • identify a variety of disciplines within the art of Theatre, and the impacts they have on performance by successfully completing  coursework from a wide variety of Theatrical sub-fields.
    • demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge about the numerous facets of Theatre by successfully participating in various areas (or Theatrical positions) in the process of making Theatre, and applying this experience to performance.
    • critique, perform, and synthesize their understandings of texts from the global stage through in-class assignments and mainstage or second stage projects, thereby expanding their awareness of the larger impact of Theatre.
  • Value and apply an understanding of and experience with Theatre as a collaborative art to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • implement an understanding of the collaborative processes of Theatre through the successful completion of courses in directing, and through the practical applications of rehearsal and performance.
    • practice effective communication within a collaborative environment through the practical applications of rehearsal and performance.
    • value and understand professional and ethical boundaries within the collaborative Theatrical process through coursework and the practical application of rehearsal and performance .
    • application of active listening skills in class, in the rehearsal hall, and in performance.
    • apply appreciation of the different areas of Theatre to effectively perform a role or direct a text.
    • recognize and implement successful practices of ensemble development in the creation of Theatre through successful completion of course work and practical application in the rehearsal hall and on stage.
  • Apply knowledge of theory to practical work in Theatre.
    • identify and engage in professional practices of performance through successful completion of courses in performance, and through practical application on stage.
    • recognize, characterize and implement an understanding of the human body and voice and its relationship to narrative and expression through successful completion of performance courses and through application on stage.
    • identify, implement, and evaluate knowledge and correct application of discipline-based language, terminology, and vernacular. 
    • identify and engage in the professional practices of the Theatre through successful completion of courses in either Stage Management or Theatre Management.
    • Identify, implement, and critique the technologies and processes used in the professional Theatre, both historically and contemporarily, through the successful completion of courses in Technical Theatre and Design. 
    • implement effective storytelling practices.
    • identify and utilize the interaction of Theatrical elements, and employ this knowledge in analysis and implementation of Theatrical choices.
    • recognize and implement an understanding of dramatic structure in playmaking and playwriting in order to tell a story or create a role.
    • practice effective research and documentation of research in a performance process.
    • demonstrate growth through audition, and successful completion of departmental performance opportunities.
  • Articulate an understanding of sustainability in Theatre, in all its manifestations.
    • Identify and discuss current professional Theatrical practices aimed at increasing sustainability.
    • Recognize, discuss, and analyze the sustainability of storytelling as an art form that is socially, culturally, and historically contextualized.
  • Effectively communicate the theory and practice of Theatre in the following modes: digital, literary, verbal, and non-verbal.
    • articulate the creative process using digital, oral and written communication skills through the successful completion of a Capstone defense.
    • practice effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills through successful completion of performance courses, and through practical application on stage.
    • articulate dramatic structure in the rehearsal and performance processes.
    • recognize and implement effective written communication of dramatic structure, research, and analysis through the successful completion of course work in Modern and Contemporary Drama and Script Analysis.
    • communicate and implement an understanding of  dramatic structure, research, and analysis through the medium of live Theatre.
    • implement effective verbal communication skills through correct usage of Theatrical terminology.
    • articulate and implement effective verbal communication skills through exploration and discovery in the rehearsal hall and coursework.
  • Apply effective problem solving through creative and critical thinking.
    • demonstrate effective and creative problem solving by synthesizing research and coursework, and applying this knowledge to the rehearsal hall and performance.
    • demonstrate creative problem solving by effective and diverse application of the tools of Theatre to meet the challenges of a role, a play, or a scene.
    • Implement active and critical thinking by proactively approaching a role or a project.
    • Demonstrate autonomy in the successful completion of a Senior Capstone project.
  • Demonstrate the facility to synthesize and apply their liberal studies to the practice of Theatre.
    • apply awareness and comprehension of the scope of university coursework taken to a critically analysis their own processes as performers.
    • integrate university course work to create roles or tell stories.
    • apply knowledge from Liberal Studies coursework in creative ways.
    • comprehend, analyze and apply the diversity of stories found in the Liberal Studies curriculum in regard to performance challenges.
    • synthesize and apply their knowledge of all areas of Theatre and the liberal arts to effectively complete a capstone project.
  • Practice an effective system of preparation and working habits.
    • implement the Theatrical practices of always being on time, prepared, and ready to work, through successful their completion of coursework as well as in the rehearsal hall and on stage.
    • recognize, describe, and implement effective warm-up and preparation exercises.
    • apply continual preparation tactics, research, and practical habits in performance.
    • implement effective classroom strategies such as active discussion participation, engagement with course materials, and asking relevant questions.
    • practice effective and efficient writing techniques, including outlining, peer reviewing, and revision
    • collaborate within groups to prepare and present course material.
Theatre: Emphasis in Theatre Studies

Evaluate, analyze and apply a depth and breadth of knowledge about the global impact of Theatre history, literature, and practices to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge about the numerous facets of Theatre by successfully participating in various positions in the process of making Theatre.
    • successfully complete coursework from a wide variety of Theatrical sub-fields
    • apply knowledge of select Theatrical positions in theory and practice.
    • recognize the literary, theoretical, and historical practices of global Theatre by taking courses in Script Analysis, Modern Drama, and Theatre History.
    • synthesize knowledge acquired through the study of Theatrical history, theory and criticism in order to articulate their own stances on the global stage of Theatre.
  • Value and apply an understanding of and experience with Theatre as a collaborative art to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • practice effective communication within a collaborative environment through the hands-on process of Theatre-making.
    • value and understand professional and ethical boundaries within the collaborative Theatrical process.
    • apply active listening skills.
    • evaluate and apply an appreciation of various areas of Theatre to effectively work in a specific area.
  • Apply knowledge of theory to practical work in Theatre.
    • identify and engage in the professional practices of the Theatre through successful completion of courses in either Stage Management or Theatre Management.
    • recognize, characterize and implement an understanding of the human body and its relationship to narrative and expression through successful completion of performance courses.
    • Identify, implement, and critique the technology and processes used in the professional Theatre, both historically and contemporarily, through the successful completion of courses in Technical Theatre and Design.
  • Articulate an understanding of sustainability in Theatre, in all its manifestations.
    • Identify and discuss current professional Theatrical practices aimed at increasing sustainability.
    • Recognize, discuss, and analyze the sustainability of storytelling as an art form that is socially, culturally, and historically contextualized.
  • Effectively communicate the theory and practice of Theatre in the following modes: digital, literary, verbal, and non-verbal.
    • engage in effective digital communication practices through successful completion of course work and practical work in the making of Theatre.
    • demonstrate understanding and practice of effective written communication and research skills in the literary, theoretical, and historical practices of global Theatre by successfully completing courses in Script Analysis, Modern Drama, and Theatre History.
    • practice effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills through successful completion of performance courses as well as practical application on stage.
    • implement effective visual communication skills through the successful completion of courses in Technical Theatre and Design.
  • Apply effective problem solving through creative and critical thinking.
    • articulate the creative process through the successful completion of a Capstone defense.
    • demonstrate the facility to synthesize and apply their liberal studies to the practice of Theatre.
    • recognize and analyze Western and non-Western Theatrical practices through coursework and practical application.
    • apply culturally-aware comparative critical analysis of diverse practices and theories.
    • synthesize knowledge acquired throughout their academic experiences on and off of the stage.
    • articulate personal positions on the global state of Theatre.
  • Demonstrate the facility to synthesize and apply their liberal studies to the practice of Theatre.
    • apply awareness and comprehension of the scope of university coursework taken in order to critically analyze historical and contemporary texts and practices.
    • integrate university course work into analysis and discussion of historical, social, aesthetic, and political contexts for Theatrical practices and texts.
    • articulate arguments about and analysis of the diversity of stories found in the Liberal studies curriculum.
    • synthesize and apply their knowledge of all areas of Theatre and the liberal arts to effectively complete a capstone project.
  • Practice an effective system of preparation and working habits.
    • implement effective classroom strategies such as active discussion participation, engagement with course materials, and asking relevant questions.
    • practice effective and efficient writing techniques, including outlining, peer reviewing, and revision.
    • collaborate within groups to prepare and present course material.

Details

  • Take the following 51 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in your major:

    Core Requirements (32 units)


    Emphasis Requirements (Select One):

    Students may only complete one emphasis.  The Design and Technology and Performance Emphases are in-depth. The Theatre Studies Emphasis is a hybrid and students will study the breadth of theatre.

    • Design and Technology Emphasis (19 units)Students must interview for the Design and Technology Emphasis and have completed or be in process on Acting I, Script Analysis, two 100-level technical courses, and Introduction to Theatrical Design.  Students who have changed their major or transferred to the University may request a waiver through the Theatre Department to one or more of these requirements.

    • Performance Emphasis (19 units)Students must audition for the Performance Emphasis and have completed or be in process on Acting I, Script Analysis, and two 100-level technical classes.  Students who have changed their major or transferred to the University may request a waiver through the Theatre Department to one or more of these requirements.

Minor Requirements
  • You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • You must have a grade of "C" or better in ENG 105.

    Be aware that we will only accept up to half (25 units) of the courses required for your major as transfer credit.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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