Theatre Arts (BA)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre provides students with a solid theatre education and experience. Students complete a core group of theatre courses designed specifically to expose them to all aspects of the art. In addition, students have the opportunity to complete a wide range of theatre electives. With these electives, students can explore one particular area of theatre or create their own mixture of theatre classes. This degree also is designed to facilitate a double major, minor, or dual degree.

FACULTY The Department of Theatre Arts is comprised of seven full-time faculty members. All full-time faculty are engaged in teaching classes from introductory to advanced levels. The inclusive nature of the curriculum means that students will likely take classes with every member of the Department of Theatre Arts as they pursue their degree.

ACADEMIC PREPARATION There are no prerequisite high school courses or requirements needed for enrollment in the BA program, but students should have a well-rounded academic high school curriculum. Previous involvement in high school and/or community theatre is strongly recommended.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS Students interested in pursuing Theatre Arts B.A. degree are encouraged, but not required to audition unless they wish to be considered for a Fine Arts Scholarship in Theatre. Visit the theatre department webpage to view audition and/or portofolio requirements.

GROUP AUDITION/PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAY SCHEDULE Admission and scholarship auditions are offered for incoming, fall-term, first year students. Audition dates are in January and February. To register for an admission and/or scholarship audition, contact Megan Martin at or visit the theatre department audition webpage.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR The Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts requires a total of 124 credit hours, including a minimum of 35 credit hours in theatre arts core classes, 34 hours in a second academic field and a minimum of 15 credit hours taken in Theatre Arts electives. Additional courses comprise the student’s second academic major, minor, or dual degree.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR The theatre arts minor requires 27 credit hours. For both the BA in Theatre and the Theatre Minor, students can take equivalent courses at other institutions. In each instance, students should make certain that both Drake University and the Department of Theatre Arts will accept the equivalent course toward the degree.

DRAKE CURRICULUM The Drake Curriculum, required of all undergraduates, is designed to help students meet personal and professional goals as they acquire fundamental knowledge and abilities in ten Areas of Inquiry. Students work closely with their academic advisers to craft a program of study in general education that prepares students for civic and professional leadership.

The Drake Curriculum also requires first-year seminars, which foster development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a topical focus; and a Senior Capstone, in which students demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills and ideas to bear on one project.

INTERNSHIPS & OPPORTUNITIES Students have the option, with faculty consent, of studying at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, part of the National Theatre Institute in Waterford, CT. This intensive program allows students to work with numerous theatre professionals and to establish possible career ties within the theatre industry. Theatre students also participate in numerous study-abroad programs.

Theatre students have recently interned with the Santa Fe Opera and the National Theatre Institute in Connecticut. These internships offer students opportunities to make contacts within the industry, to experience auditions, and to experience first-hand various work in professional theatre.

There are also numerous opportunities in and around the Des Moines area for students to work and gain experience in theatre while completing their Drake degree.


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