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Academic Program Guide

Theatre, BA

College: Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance
Degree: BA
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Michele Diamonti
Address: 223 FAB, FSU P.O.Box 3061150 Tallahassee, FL 30306
Phone: (850) 644-7153

Description of Major

The Bachelor of Arts program at FSU’s School of Theatre creates a foundation of intellectual and artistic excellence through a diversified, demanding study that fosters appreciation and respect for the art form and builds on a strong liberal arts foundation to develop expressive skills essential to success in the theatre and related professions.

Prerequisite Coursework

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 3.00 and successful completion of at least half of the required hours in General Education requirements, including all English and math, or an A.A. degree.

* An audition is not needed for the B. A. Program. *


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (36 hours)
Prerequisites to advanced courses must be passed with a grade of C minus or better. A grade of C minus or higher is required in all courses to be counted toward the major. 3.00 GPA must be maintained in major requirements. Overall 3.00 must be maintained.

Level One (21 hours)
All of the following:
THE 2020 (3) Introduction to Theatre for Majors (grade of B- or higher required)
TPA 2000 (3) Creative Design for Theatre
TPA 2322 (3) Technical Theatre Practices I
TPA 2323 (3) Technical Theatre Practices II
TPP 2100 (2) Performance I
TPP 2190L (1) Theatre Rehearsal and Performance
THE 3213 (3) World Theatre History I
THE 3214 (3) World Theatre History II (should be taken as part of General Education)
THE 4990 (0) All School Events ( Fall and Spring Semesters)

Level Two (9 hours)
THE 4303 (3) Play Analysis
THE 4935 (3) History of Theatrical Design

Select one of the following:
THE 4236 (3) American Theatre History
THE 4733 (3) Gender, Race, and Performance
THE 4260 (3) History of Costume

Level Three (6 hours)
Select one from two different groups:

Group A – Page to Stage
TPP 4310 (3) Directing I
THE 4923 (3) Theatre Encounters Workshop
THE 4481 (3) Dramaturgy

Group B – Performance
TPP 3103 (3) Performance II
TPP 4600 (3) Fundamentals of Playwriting

Group C – Production and Management
TPA 3208 (3) Drafting
TPA 4400 (3) Theatre Management
TPA 4601 (3) Stage Management
TPA 3230 (3) Costume I
TPA 3533 (3) Light and Sound Technology

Culminations (1 hour)
THE 4954 (1) Culminations

Foreign Language Requirement: A modern or classical foreign language through the 2220 (or equivalent) level (up to 12 hours) is required; may be satisfied through coursework or examination.

Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours beyond major requirements)
THE 4954 satisfies this requirement

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major requirements)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. Theatre majors take THE 2020.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Edcuation 36*
Major Coursework 37*
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 hours beyond major requirements
Oral Competency 0 beyond major coursework
Electives to bring total hours to 120 (at least 24 electives must be non-Theatre)

*NOTE: The required THE 3214 may be used to fulfill requirements of both Liberal Studies and the major. 24 hours of electives (including foreign language) must be in non-theatre courses.

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Actor/Actress, Stage Hand, Managing Director, Director, Make-up Artist, Property Manager, Producer, Wardrobe Mistress, Public Relations Manager, Playwright-Writer, Stage Manager, Teacher, Light Designer/Technician Scenery Painter, Drama Critic, Scene Designer, Box Office Manager, Artistic Director, Sound Technician, House Manager

Representative Employers: Theatre Companies, Regional Theatres, Stock Companies, Dinner Theatres, Opera Companies, Movie Producers, Television Studios, Theme Parks, Universities, Community Colleges, High Schools, Newspapers.

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