Theatre Studies - B.A.

College of the Arts
School of Theatre and Dance - Theatre Division
B141 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2082
theatre@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/theatredance


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies gives students an opportunity for study in all aspects of theatre and its relationship to other liberal arts studies. This program serves students who seek a wider range of possibilities to fulfill individual creative goals, whether as theatre artists, scholars, educators, and/or contributors in related fields. Students receive thorough grounding in theatre history and theory and learn imaginative and critical thinking, the process of making theatre, and leadership skills. Each student may choose a concentration of elective choices in one of four areas:

  • Performance
  • Production
  • Theatre Management
  • Theatre and Society

The program prepares students to apply their knowledge and learned skills to career choices in the 21st century and in the process enrich their own lives in their chosen communities.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Theatre

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the B.A. program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of playwriting and production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  3. Develop intermediate to advanced competence in one or more theatre specializations in creation, performance or scholarship.
  4. Become acquainted with a diverse selection of theatre repertory including the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  5. Demonstrate (through both verbal and written articulation of ideas and vocabulary as well as in actual practice) an understanding of the basic process involved in mounting a theatre production.
  6. Demonstrate ability to form and defend value judgments about theatre.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of common theatrical elements and the interaction of those elements through both written and practicum work.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production.
 
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
THEA 11100MAKING THEATRE: CULTURE AND PRACTICE 2
THEA 11303THE ART OF ACTING 3
THEA 11722FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION I: SCENERY, STAGECRAFT AND SOUND 2
THEA 11723FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY I: SCENERY 1
THEA 11724FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY II: PROPS AND SCENIC ART 1
THEA 11732FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS 2
THEA 11733FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES 1
THEA 11734FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS 1
THEA 21111SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
THEA 31110HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
THEA 31111HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
THEA 41900CAPSTONE PROJECT (ELR) 3
Choose an additional course from one of the concentrations other than your own3
Practicum Electives, choose from the following:6
PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM II: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR)
Theatre Electives, choose from the following: (at least one course must be writing intensive)9
DANCE HISTORY II (WIC) 2
THEATRE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
PLAYWRITING (WIC) 2
THEATRE IN A MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (DIVD)
LGBTQ THEATRE (DIVD)
THEATRE AND DRAMA IN AMERICA
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WIC) 2
VARIABLE CONTENT SEMINAR: THEATRE HISTORY/LITERATURE/THEORY
HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC) 2
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)19
Concentrations
Choose from the following:21
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Course is repeatable

2

A minimum C grade must be earned in either DAN 47163, THEA 41026 or  THEA 41140 or THEA 41620 to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

3

No minor is required. Students may take further courses in theatre or outside of the school as desired. If students are seeking licensure for teaching in public schools, 3 credit hours of electives may be used for courses in an appropriate academic minor in addition to the minor required in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Minimum 15 credit hours must be upper division, which may be decreased if upper-division courses are taken as part of THEA electives.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.000
  • Students on academic probation may not participate in School of Theatre and Dance productions.

  • Students may be dropped from the program for failure to maintain a 2.50 GPA.

Performance Concentration Requirements

[CA-BA-THEA-PERF]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Choose from the following:21
MAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
ACTING PROCESS
MOVEMENT I
VOICE I
PRACTICUM I:PERFORMANCE (ELR) 1
CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY I
CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY II
DIRECTING
MOVEMENT II
VOICE II
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE 2
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II
PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS: PERFORMANCE
MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION
ADVANCED WIG AND MAKEUP TECHNIQUES-STAGE AND SCREEN
MOVEMENT AND DANCE FOR ACTORS
ENSEMBLE SINGING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE
PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR)
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21
1

This course is repeatable

2

Course should be taken in Variable Performance Seminars

Production Concentration Requirements

[CA-BA-THEA-PROD]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Choose from the following:21
MAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE
COSTUME DESIGN
SCENE PAINTING
SCENE DESIGN
STAGE MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM I:PERFORMANCE (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM I:THEATRE MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
PLAYWRITING (WIC)
ADVANCED PLAYWRITING
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE 2
THEATRE AND DRAMA IN AMERICA
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WIC)
VARIABLE CONTENT SEMINAR: THEATRE HISTORY/LITERATURE/THEORY
PRODUCTION AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM II: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM II:THEATRE MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21
1

This course is repeatable

2

Course should be taken in Variable Production Seminars

Theatre Management Concentration Requirements

[CA-BA-THEA-THMG]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Choose from the following:21
DANCE PRODUCTION
MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE I
MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE II
THEATRICAL DRAFTING
COSTUME TECHNOLOGY
STAGE MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM I:THEATRE MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
DIRECTING
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE 2
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN THEATRE
VARIABLE CONTENT SEMINAR: THEATRE HISTORY/LITERATURE/THEORY 1
SOUND DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY I
SOUND DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY II
THEATRE SOUND REINFORCEMENT
THEATRE MANAGEMENT
PRODUCTION AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM II: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 1
PRACTICUM II:THEATRE MANAGEMENT (ELR) 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21
1

This course is repeatable

2

Course should be taken in Variable Management Seminars

Theatre and Society Concentration Requirements

[CA-BA-THEA-THSO]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Choose from the following:21
DANCE HISTORY I
DANCE HISTORY II (WIC)
PRACTICUM I:PERFORMANCE (ELR) 1
DIRECTING
VARIABLE TOPICS SEMINAR: DEVISING THEATRE
THEATRE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
PLAYWRITING (WIC)
ADVANCED PLAYWRITING
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE 1
THEATRE IN A MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (DIVD)
LGBTQ THEATRE (DIVD)
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WIC)
HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC)
PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR) 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21
1

This course is repeatable

Roadmap

 

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
THEA 11100 MAKING THEATRE: CULTURE AND PRACTICE 2
THEA 11303 THE ART OF ACTING 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Fundamentals of Production Courses 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
THEA 22092
PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR)
or PRACTICUM II: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR)
3
Fundamentals of Production Courses 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credits) 2
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
THEA 21111 SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
THEA 22092
PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR)
or PRACTICUM II: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR)
3
Concentration Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credit hours) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Concentration Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credit hours) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!THEA 31110 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
Concentration Elective 3
Choose an additional course from one of the concentrations other than your own 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credit hours) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!THEA 31111 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
Theatre Electives 3
Concentration Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Theatre Electives 3
Concentration Elective 3
THEA 41900 CAPSTONE PROJECT (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credit hours) 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Theatre Electives 3
Concentration Elective 6
THEA 41900 CAPSTONE PROJECT (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
General Electives (minimum 15 upper-division credit hours) 2
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120