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Theatre - Acting

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Program Option

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Theatre - Acting

Theatre Arts department web site

Program Overview

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.

B.F.A. Degree Requirements

The acting program provides classes needed for a solid theatre education and experience. Students learn the performance basics from body movement to voice. Courses in mime and stage combat also are offered. Acting majors take courses in upper-level performance areas including period styles, dialects and movement. Students also are given many opportunities to hone their skills as actors within experimental and Main Stage productions.

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 015 - Movement II 2
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 021 - Voice II 2
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
THEA 055 - Acting III 3
THEA 100 - Acting IV 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 3
THEA 120 - Theatre History I 3
THEA 121 - Theatre History II 3
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 1
THEA 160 - Stage Management 3
THEA 190 - Senior Capstone 1
Theatre electives 15
Required courses in English* 9
General electives** 12
Total: 84

*9 hours of Literature courses are required (3 of those credits in a Shakespeare course). These courses also may be used to fulfill an Area of Inquiry (A.O.I.).

** A minimum of 12 credits is required for the degree.

2018-2019 Drake University Undergraduate Catalog
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