BA Major in Theatre

UNA has long had a very successful Theatre option. The move to a stand-alone degree allows for a more focused core curriculum as well as greater marketability. The program philosophy is based on the belief that extensive preparation in dramatic literature, history, theory/analysis, criticism, production, acting, directing and design will produce graduates prepared to serve the arts in a variety of ways and prepare students for graduate programs in theatre. The program structure requires students to take a common core of theatre courses, which prepares them as generalists in the academic area while choosing a concentration in either performance or design/production. Design/production students will study both traditional philosophies/approaches and modern technology based philosophies/approaches allowing us to prepare students for the evolving nature of modern theatre while having an appreciation for its more traditional approaches. Performance students will combine solid preparation in vocal and physical technique with experiences in discovery of character, identity and psychological aspects of performance.

Program Objectives

An ability to think critically and analytically, and to evaluate critical concepts in the context of a range of individual dramatic works.

An ability to demonstrate knowledge in acting, directing, design, technology and the aesthetic qualities associated with credible theatre production.

An ability to demonstrate knowledge in dramatic literature, history, theory/analysis, and criticism.

An ability to select and apply knowledge of diversified literature and style to a wide variety of audiences, literature, and performance venues.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre

Additional Graduation Requirements

General Education Component
Area I (Written Composition) 16
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts)12
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics)11
Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences)12
Area V
Business Applications of Microcomputer Software
Computer Skills for Problem-Solving
Major Core Requirements in Theatre
TH 100Elements of Theatre I3
TH 220Acting I3
TH 250Theatrical Design3
TH 301Elements of Theatre II3
TH 310WScript Analysis3
TH 370Directing I3
TH 402Dramatic Literature and Criticism I3
TH 405Dramatic Literature and Criticism II3
TH 430History of the Theatre I3
TH 440History of the Theatre II3
TH 460Arts Management3
Major Concentration Requirements18
Select one of the following Options:
General Electives
General Electives to bring total to 120
Total Hours120

Option 1: Acting Concentration

TH 200Voice and Diciton3
TH 320Movement for the Stage3
TH 335Acting for the Camera and Digital Media3
TH 400Acting II3
TH 480Topics in Theatre3
TH 495Advanced Performance Project3
Total Hours18

Option 2: Design/Tech Concentration

TH 340Scene Design3
TH 350Lighting Design3
TH 360Costume Design3
TH 380Stage Mangement3
TH 480Topics in Theatre3
TH 495Advanced Performance Project3
Total Hours18

Option 3: General Theatre Concentration

TH 200Voice and Diciton3
TH 320Movement for the Stage3
TH 400Acting II3
Select two courses from the following:6
Scene Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Select one course from the following:3
Stage Mangement
Directing II
Topics in Theatre
Total Hours18