Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Theatre Arts B.A.

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Michelle Gaza, M.F.A., Interim Director

Location: Frasier Hall 105

Telephone: 970.351.2991

Fax: 970.351.4897

Website: https://arts.unco.edu/theatre/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

A major in Theatre Arts provides pre-professional training for students who have professional theatre employment as their career goal. The program cultivates an appreciation and understanding of theatre as part of American society and culture.

Admission to the Theatre Arts degree program with concentration areas of acting, design technology and theatre studies is by audition, interview, or essay.

The School of Theatre Arts requires student majors to consult with and be advised by a faculty member teaching in the program.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • The student must apply and be accepted to one of the concentration areas. The student must then complete all of the required courses in the concentration area prior to achieving the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts degree.
  • Information concerning auditions, interviews, or essays for Theatre Arts programs may be requested from the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, CO 80639, phone 970.351.2991.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional LAC coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

THEA 296 (3) and THEA 297 (3) are recommended to fulfill Arts & Humanities requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements. *Design Technology concentration students: Take THEA 296 or THEA 297.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 54-86 credits

Choose one concentration area

2a. Required Major: Acting Concentration — 70 credits

In addition to all School and Program requirements, students must adhere to the following guidelines in order to persist within Acting concentration area:

Acting concentration students must audition for all mainstage plays (non-musicals) during the academic year unless they receive an exemption in advance of auditions from the Area Head. In the event of a vacancy in the Area Head position, an exemption from auditions must be granted by the School Director. Requests to be exempted from auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Acting concentration students must accept any role they are offered in a mainstage production during the academic year. If a student does not wish to be considered for a particular production, permission must be granted ahead of time (see above.)
  • The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and this program requires the completion of a yearly assessment process. The assessment, which includes an evaluation of the student’s progress as well as a yearly assessment, may be the basis of your continuance in this program area.
  • Non-compliance of any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, removal from future production assignments, loss of talent scholarship funding, or expulsion from the degree program.

Take all of the following for 60 credits:

THEA 135Playscript Analysis

3

THEA 149Orientation to Technology

3

THEA 150Actor's Lab

1

THEA 159Acting Theories and Practice

3

THEA 160Beginning Acting

3

THEA 191Beginning Voice and Speech

3

THEA 194Intermediate Voice and Speech

3

THEA 240Beginning Stage Directing

3

THEA 250Stage Make Up I

2

THEA 260Scene Study

3

THEA 275Stage Movement I

2

THEA 276Stage Movement II

3

THEA 296History of Theatre ILAA1

3

THEA 297History of Theatre IILAA1

3

THEA 308Theatre Workshop

1- 4

THEA 324Masterpieces in Theatrical Production

2

THEA 336Advanced Voice Speech

3

THEA 360Advanced Acting Styles I

3

THEA 361Advanced Acting Styles II

3

THEA 362Acting for the Camera

3

THEA 376Stage Movement III

3

THEA 464Audition Techniques

3

THEA 160: Must be taken for 3 credits

THEA 240: Must be taken for 3 credits

THEA 308: Take 2 credits

Complete 10 hours of Individual Performance in Theatre courses:

THEA 100Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 110Performance in a Theatrical Production

2

THEA 110: no more than 6 hours can be used to satisfy this requirement

2b. Required Major: Theatre Studies Concentration — 54 credits

In addition to all School and Program requirements, students must adhere to the following guidelines in order to persist within the Theatre Studies concentration area:

  • The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and this program requires the completion of a yearly assessment process. The assessment, which includes an evaluation of your year’s progress as well as a yearly audition or interview, may be the basis of your continuance in this program area.

Non-compliance of any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, removal from future production assignments, loss of talent scholarship funding, or expulsion from the program.

Take all of the following courses for 38 credits:

THEA 135Playscript Analysis

3

THEA 149Orientation to Technology

3

THEA 150Actor's Lab

1

THEA 160Beginning Acting

3

THEA 190Stage Speech

2

THEA 240Beginning Stage Directing

3

THEA 241Seminar in Theatre Arts Management

3

THEA 275Stage Movement I

2

THEA 296History of Theatre ILAA1

3

THEA 297History of Theatre IILAA1

3

THEA 324Masterpieces in Theatrical Production

2

THEA 373Playwriting

3

THEA 375Stage Management for the Theatre

3

THEA 433Dramaturgy

3

THEA 454Theatre Studies Senior Seminar

1

Complete ten hours of Individual Performance in Theatre courses:

THEA 100Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 110Performance in a Theatrical Production

2

THEA 308Theatre Workshop

1- 4

THEA 110: no more than 4 hours can be used to satisfy this requirement

Choose six credits from the following courses:

ART 185Neoclassic to Modern Art HistoryLAA1

3

ART 190Art AppreciationLAA1

3

COMM 212Professional Speaking

3

COMM 223Intercultural Communication

3

DNCE 167Ballroom Dance I

2

ENG 229Professional Writing and Digital Video

3

ENG 243Creative Writing: Screenwriting

3

FILM 230Introduction to Filmmaking

3

MIND 288Contemporary Arts Connections

3

MT 296Musical Theatre HistoryLAA1

3

MUS 140Introduction to MusicLAA1

3

PVA 210Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship

3

THEA 130Introduction to the TheatreLAA1

3

THEA 159Acting Theories and Practice

3

THEA 193Stage Speech and Dialects

3

THEA 215Beginning Scene Design

3

THEA 220Beginning Costume Design

3

THEA 225Theatre in FilmLAA1

3

THEA 230Beginning Lighting Design

3

THEA 245Beginning Sound Design

3

THEA 250Stage Make Up I

2

THEA 255Creative Drama

3

THEA 276Stage Movement II

3

THEA 308Theatre Workshop

1- 4

THEA 340Workshop in Directing I

3

THEA 374Playwriting II

3

THEA 401Practicum in Theatre

1- 4

THEA 422Directed Research in Theatre

1- 4

THEA 440Directing the One-Act Play

3

NOTE: No more than 2 credits may be taken in any combination of THEA 401 or THEA 422.

THEA 340 and THEA 440: Only if space is available.

2c. Required Major: Design Technology Concentration — 86 credits

In addition to all School and Program requirements, students must adhere to the following guidelines in order to persist within the Design Technology concentration area:

  • The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and this program requires the completion of a yearly assessment process. The assessment, which includes an evaluation of the student’s progress as well as a yearly assessment, may be the basis of your continuance in this program area.

Non-compliance of any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, removal from future production assignments, loss of talent scholarship funding, or expulsion from the program.

Take all of the following courses for 14 credits:

THEA 135Playscript Analysis

3

THEA 149Orientation to Technology

3

THEA 160Beginning Acting

3

THEA 296History of Theatre ILAA1

3

or

THEA 297History of Theatre IILAA1

3

THEA 324Masterpieces in Theatrical Production

2

THEA 160: Must be taken for 3 credits

Take THEA 296 or THEA 297.

Take all of the following courses for 25 credits:

THEA 100Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 155Orientation to Design

3

THEA 210Drafting for the Theatre

3

THEA 300Advanced Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 449Theatre Technical Seminar

3

THEA 100: Take 8 credits

THEA 300: Take 8 credits

Choose five from the following technology courses for 15 credits total:

THEA 222Costume Technology I

3

THEA 232Lighting Technology

3

THEA 246Sound Technology

3

THEA 249Scenic Technology

3

THEA 311Beginning Scene Painting

3

THEA 317Properties for Stage

3

THEA 375Stage Management for the Theatre

3

Choose three from the following design courses for 9 credits total:

THEA 215Beginning Scene Design

3

THEA 220Beginning Costume Design

3

THEA 230Beginning Lighting Design

3

THEA 245Beginning Sound Design

3

THEA 334Media Design and Technology

3

Choose three from the following advanced design courses (one may be repeated) for 9 credits total:

THEA 315Advanced Scene Design

3

THEA 320Advanced Costume Design

3

THEA 332Advanced Lighting Design

3

THEA 345Advanced Sound Design

3

Choose from the following courses for 14 credits:

MUS 209Introduction to Music Technology

2

MUS 313Digital Composition

2

MUS 343Recording Techniques

2

PVA 210Introduction to Arts Entrepreneurship

3

THEA 221Costume History

3

THEA 240Beginning Stage Directing

3

THEA 241Seminar in Theatre Arts Management

3

THEA 290History of Style and Decor

3

THEA 308Theatre Workshop

1- 4

THEA 312Advanced Scene Painting

3

THEA 321Digital Costume Rendering

3

THEA 433Dramaturgy

3

THEA 240: Must be taken for 3 credits

3. University-Wide Credits — 3-35 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree that will typically be 3-35 credits depending on concentration chosen.

  • Acting Emphasis: 19-25 University-Wide Credits needed to complete the degree (120 credits).
  • Theatre Studies: 35-41 University-Wide Credits needed to complete the degree (120 credits).
  • Design Technology: 3-6 University-Wide Credits needed to complete the degree (120 credits).

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.