Our purpose is to encourage, promote, and sustain both a nurturing and challenging educational environment. Utilizing a liberal arts and science approach, theatre arts at SUU engages all students in a set of diverse experiences intended to cultivate their aesthetic, creative, and scholarly potential. The central tenet of our purpose is to provide exceptional teaching with personalized mentorship that challenges, enables, and grows the learner to be a dynamic individual.
Intended Outcomes/Objectives for Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre Arts
A successful student will:
- Develop visual and aural perceptions for theatre performance.
- Understand basic production processes (i.e. performing, acting, stage direction, design, and the necessary technical operations related to production).
- Become familiar with the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre.
- Make informed assessments of quality in works of theatre and other related art forms.
- Explore post-baccalaureate opportunities with faculty guidance starting a minimum of one year before graduation.
- Have the opportunity to attend professional conferences and festivals and work with artists in residence and/or guest artists.
- Function in a variety of artistic roles through the presentation of public performances.
Intended Outcomes/Objectives Specific to Theatre Education
Beyond the outcomes for all B.A./B.S. degrees in theatre, a successful theatre education student will:
- Be prepared to become educators who utilize the discipline of theatre as a catalyst in understanding the complex nature of the human condition, artistic exploration and appreciation, and the interrelationship of individual expression and student growth.
- Possess strong competence in and understanding of the relationship between theatre performance, production, literature, theatre history, theory, criticism, and technical skills through which a theatrical concept is realized.
- Through theatre, use educational theories and strategies, teaching students the integral process of artistic creation from conception to realization.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in collaboratively directing productions and an ability to create a variety of types of performances.
- Have a working knowledge of the state of Utah Arts Core Curriculum, as well as state and national theatre education standards combined with skills in creating a scope and sequence, instruction, and assessment in classroom instruction.
- All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the major.
- Student assessment takes place annually through audition or porfolio review for all theatre majors to assess progress and determine each student’s level of skill and competency.
- Exit interviews will be held for all graduating seniors.
- Every student is required to abide by the policies and procedures set up in the Departmental Student Handbook (see www.suu.edu/pva/ta/pdf/student-handbook.pdf).
- Theatre Arts Education majors must complete a teaching/education minor in addition to their major requirements.
- Students will complete a Capstone connected to a realized project. The Capstone consists of a written paper and an oral presentation to faculty of the concept, process, and realization of the project, together with an assessment of the student’s entire learning experience and its impact on the work as a whole. Students who show areas of deficiency may pass with qualifications. In these cases an individualized learning strategy will be developed to be completed before graduation.
- Advanced Placement: Students who meet specific levels of competency may be given advanced placement. All students seeking advanced placement must audition, interview, and/or present a portfolio for consideration. Additional testing may be required.
General Education Requirement (31-36 Credits)
See General Education for course options.
- Core Course Requirements 12-13 Credits
- Knowledge Area Requirements 19-23 Credits
Experiential Education University Requirement - EDGE Program (3 Credits)
NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the EDGE courses for graduation.
See Experiential Education for more information.
Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)
Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)
- Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits
* Note: Most or all of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Transfer students not majoring in a math or science field may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)
- Bachelor of Arts Degree - Foreign Language Requirement 16 Credits
** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details.
Theatre Arts - Secondary Theatre Education Curriculum Summary (49.5 Credits)
Acting, Directing, and Theory Core (23 Credits)
Production & Design Core (18 Credits)
Teacher Education Core (8.5 Credits)
Teaching Minor (18-30 Credits)
Select one of the following teaching minors or other minor upon approval of department:
Free Electives (0-18.5 Credits)
Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.
Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree: 120-134.5
Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Licensure (38-41 Credits)
To qualify for a teaching license, students must also complete the sequence of professional education courses listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Family Development . Please see the degree requirements for Secondary Education Licensure . Some classes required for the licensure cannot be taken until the teacher candidate has been admitted to the College of Education and Human Performance. Please consult your advisor or the Department of Teacher Education and Family Development for further instruction.
Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree with Licensure: 139.5-172.5