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Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in theatre.

Description of Program

The theatre program provides students with a solid training in preparation for a career in the professional theatre. Students take classes in movement, voice, singing (both musical theatre and classical), dance (jazz, tap, ballet, modern and musical theatre dance), piano, music theory, and various acting styles.

Students in musical theatre may also have the opportunity to direct, design, stage-manage, choreograph, or serve as a dramaturge depending on area of interest and expertise. Students hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, classroom performance work, main-stage shows and opportunities to work professionally in the Des Moines community. Musical Theatre students also get summer performance work and internships.

Requirements for Major

The B.A. degree in theatre arts requires a total of 125 credit hours, including a minimum of 50 credit hours in theatre arts. The student is strongly encouraged to include a second academic major. With a second major, the total number of hours required will be determined by that department. If the major or minor requires less than 34 credit hours, additional hours may be applied as general electives.

The following is an example of how the degree requirements typically are fulfilled.

First Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 003 (Acting I)
Theatre Arts 014 (Movement I)
Theatre Arts 020 (Voice I)
Theatre Arts 030 (Stagecraft I) or Theatre Arts 031 (Costuming)
First -Year Seminar
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

First Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 030 (Stagecraft I) or Theatre Arts 031 (Costuming)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Theatre Arts Electives (a total of 15 credit hours required)
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Total

Sophomore Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 5 (Readings in Theatre)
Theatre Arts 120 (Theatre History I)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Total

Sophomore Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 32 (Makeup)
Theatre Arts 121 (Theatre History II)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Total

Junior Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 160 (Stage Management)
Theatre Arts 103 (Directing)
Theatre Arts 124 (Technical Practicum)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Total

Junior Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 124 (Technical Practicum)
Theatre Arts Electives
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Senior Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts Electives
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Senior Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts Electives
Second Academic Major or Minor Requirement
Senior Capstone Experience
Total

Credit Hours
3
2
2
4
3
3
17


4
6
3
3
16


3
3
6
3
15


3
3
6
5
17


3
3
1
6
3
16


1
6
3
5
15


5
6
5
16


6
5
1
12

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