May 20, 2019
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.
- 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.
- Students will have the opportunity to have their skills assessed by professionals/guest artists working in the industry and/or graduate school programs.
- Students will engage in the enrichment of the University and local community through the presentation of artistic works in theatre.
- Every student will be assigned a faculty/staff mentor. The student/mentor relationship is critical to success and progress within the program.
- 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).
- 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)
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 Curriculum Summary (48 Credits)
Required Theatre Core (36 Credits)
Content Electives (12 Credits)
Customize to fit your individual training needs. In addition to the 36-credit core, students must complete at least 12 credits of study under the THEA prefix in an advised content area. Must be approved by your assigned faculty advisor.
Free Electives (17-38 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