Theatre Studies - B.F.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 Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies is designed for students who wish to specialize in a specific area of theatre.

The Theatre Studies major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Design/Technology concentration fosters the artistic development of theatre designers, technicians and artisans. Students study both traditional theatre practices and new methods, materials and technologies in order to become flexible, dynamic and creative collaborators in theatre art. Students must demonstrate continued progress through annual portfolio reviews, course work and production responsibilities. In addition, students are expected to complete a significant production assignment each semester. The B.F.A. candidate is expected to develop skills equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as required for admissions into the Master of Fine Arts degree.
  • The Musical Theatre concentration prepares students for life as working artists in the musical theatre field. Practical training and creative experiences are coupled with an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in theatre history, analysis and criticism. Students in their senior year may be selected to participate in the annual New York City Musical Theatre Showcase, which enables students to perform for prospective casting directors, talent managers and theatrical and commercial agents.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Musical Theatre concentration is selective. Applicants must pass an audition in each of the three performance areas: dance, singing and acting. Auditions are held every fall and spring, and students must display talent and training potential in all three areas to be admitted to the program. Students who pass the audition will be admitted directly into the B.F.A. program at the beginning of their freshman year. In exceptional cases, students may be admitted to the program in the second semester of their freshman year.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

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.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Design and Technology concentration will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to conceptualize and realize a design aesthetic consistent with the overall artistic concepts of a production.
  2. Demonstrate ability to understand and articulate basic elements and principles of design theory.
  3. Demonstrate ability to understand and articulate basic elements and principles of composition related to line, shape, color, texture and sound.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetic use of color.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of aesthetic use of sound.
  6. Demonstrate ability to communicate design ideas and realities to other personnel involved in the production, including directors, other designers, stage managers and actors.
  7. Demonstrate ability to produce and communicate design ideas with freehand drawings.
  8. Demonstrate ability to provide formalized, accurate production models and drawings by hand and/or through the use of current industry standard software programs.
  9. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the total design process, including the progression of raw materials through multiple design "shops" and the roles that various craftspeople play in the creation of a finished product.
  10. Acquire knowledge of federal, state and local health and safety codes, best practices and industry standards as they relate to theatrical venues and production elements.
  11. Prepare and present a professional resume and a portfolio of design- and technology-related work that demonstrate one's abilities, strengths, processes and experiences.
  12. Acquire experiences in the design/technology aspects of theatre in a variety of formal and informal settings.

Graduates of the Musical Theatre concentration will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiencies that are equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as expected for admission into Master of Fine Arts programs as a singer/actor/dancer.
  2. Demonstrate and articulate proficiency and understanding in and of music performance and theory, basic dance performance and technique and acting and acting theory/systems.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how acting and storytelling are the foundation of all three interrelated areas of performance (acting, singing and dance).
  4. Demonstrate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in movement and dance.
  5. Demonstrate and articulate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in the execution of vocal performance, sight-singing, musicianship and music theory.
  6. Demonstrate and articulate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in acting and acting theory/systems.
  7. Perform in workshops and full productions of musical theatre in a variety of formal and informal settings.
  8. Develop substantial and appropriate audition repertoire.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in audition technique.
  10. Demonstrate professional behavior in respect for the craft.

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 21111SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
THEA 31110HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
THEA 31111HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
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 13
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
Concentrations
Choose from the following:78
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students in the Design and Technology concentration must take remaining 3 credits in the Humanities category. 

Progression Requirements

In order to continue and graduate from the program, B.F.A. candidates are expected develop skills equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as expected for admission into Master of Fine Arts programs. Students should consult the Musical Theatre Student Handbook for additional information regarding skill requirements.

Students on academic probation may not participate in any School of Theatre and Dance productions. Students may be immediately dismissed from the program for failure to maintain a minimum 2.500 GPA within the major (B.F.A. students should strive to maintain a 3.000 overall GPA).

Students in the Musical Theatre concentration must demonstrate continuous skill development and growth in all areas of the program. Students are required to participate in biannual B.F.A. evaluations/interviews/meetings and must must pass annual evaluation reviews to remain in the program. Students are required to participate in annual school screening auditions and, if qualifying, must participate in at least one unified audition. Students are required to audition for all main-stage theatre productions and accept roles as cast. Students may be subject to probation or dismissal for failing to audition for mainstage productions, for not accepting a role that is offered or for failure to demonstrate continuous skill development and growth in all areas of the program as defined by the Musical Theatre Student Handbook. At the time a student is placed on probation, he or she will be provided written information regarding specific areas for improvement.

Students in the Design/Technology concentration must pass yearly portfolio reviews and are expected to participate in at least one mainstage production per semester (this may be in addition to any production design assignment).

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.000

Design and Technology Concentration Requirements

[CA-BFA-THEA-DT]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
THEA 11303THE ART OF ACTING 3
THEA 11521GRAPHICS FOR THE THEATRE 3
THEA 11722FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION I: SCENERY, STAGECRAFT AND SOUND 12
THEA 11723FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY I: SCENERY 11
THEA 11724FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY II: PROPS AND SCENIC ART 11
THEA 11732FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS 12
THEA 11733FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES 11
THEA 11734FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS 11
THEA 13092BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS FRESHMAN PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
THEA 21501SOPHOMORE PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
THEA 21521THEATRICAL DRAFTING 3
THEA 23092BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SOPHOMORE PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
THEA 31401DIRECTING 3
or THEA 41736 PRODUCTION AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEA 31501JUNIOR PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
THEA 33092BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS JUNIOR PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
THEA 41306PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 3
THEA 41501SENIOR PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
THEA 41620HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC) 23
THEA 41621PRESENTATION MEDIA 3
THEA 43092BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SENIOR PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
Design Elective, choose from the following:6
LIGHTING DESIGN
COSTUME DESIGN
SCENE DESIGN
Theatre Design, choose from the following:9
HISTORY OF COSTUME
DESIGN STUDIO: LIGHTING
SOUND DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY I
DESIGN STUDIO: COSTUME
SOUND DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY II
DESIGN STUDIO: SCENERY
Theatre Technology, choose from the following:9
HISTORY OF COSTUME
MAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
COSTUME TECHNOLOGY
SCENE PAINTING
ADVANCED LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY I
PROPS AND CRAFTS
ADVANCED LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY II
THEATRE SOUND REINFORCEMENT
ADVANCED WIG AND MAKEUP TECHNIQUES-STAGE AND SCREEN
THEATRE FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
General Electives4
Minimum Total Credit Hours:78
1

The following courses must be taken together:

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Musical Theatre Concentration Requirements

[CA-BFA-THEA-MUT]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
MUS 17111PIANO CLASS 1
MUS 17112PIANO CLASS 1
MUS 36311APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE (taken twice)8
THEA 11722FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION I: SCENERY, STAGECRAFT AND SOUND 12
THEA 11723FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY I: SCENERY 11
or THEA 11724 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY II: PROPS AND SCENIC ART
THEA 11732FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION II: COSTUMES, LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS 12
THEA 11733FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY III: COSTUMES 11
or THEA 11734 FUNDAMENTALS OF PRODUCTION LABORATORY IV: LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROJECTIONS
THEA 20202MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE I 3
THEA 20203MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE II 3
THEA 21303ACTING PROCESS 3
THEA 21306MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I (taken twice)6
THEA 22092PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
THEA 31303CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY I 3
THEA 31304CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY II 3
THEA 41307MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II (taken twice)6
THEA 42192PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR) 3
Dance (DAN) Electives 18
Theatre History or Playwriting Elective, choose from the following: 23
DANCE HISTORY II (WIC)
PLAYWRITING (WIC)
AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WIC)
HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC)
Guided Electives, choose from the following: (minimum 8 credit hours must be upper division)12
APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE
OPERA: SINGER-ACTOR TECHNIQUES
VOICE CLASS FOR THE INSTRUMENTALIST
MAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
MOVEMENT I
VOICE I
MOVEMENT II
VOICE II
SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I
ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II
MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION
MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE (ELR)
MOVEMENT AND DANCE FOR ACTORS
ENSEMBLE SINGING FOR MUSICAL THEATRE
PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR)
Dance (DAN) Courses
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:78
1

Chosen with advisor based on placement.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned in one course to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

Roadmaps

Design and Technology Concentration

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
!THEA 11521 GRAPHICS FOR THE THEATRE 3
THEA 13092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS FRESHMAN PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Fundamentals of Production Courses 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
THEA 13092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS FRESHMAN PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
THEA 21521 THEATRICAL DRAFTING 3
Fundamentals of Production Courses 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
THEA 21111 SCRIPT ANALYSIS (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
THEA 21522
LIGHTING DESIGN
or COSTUME DESIGN
or SCENE DESIGN
3
THEA 23092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SOPHOMORE PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
!Theatre Technology electives 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Required: by semester 4, students should have taken all the THEA courses listed in semesters 1-3  
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
THEA 21111 SCRIPT ANALYSIS (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
!THEA 21501 SOPHOMORE PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
THEA 21522
LIGHTING DESIGN
or COSTUME DESIGN
or SCENE DESIGN
3
THEA 23092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SOPHOMORE PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
Theatre Technology electives 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
!THEA 31110 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
THEA 33092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS JUNIOR PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
THEA 41621 PRESENTATION MEDIA 3
Theatre Technology electives 3
General Elective (lower or upper division) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!THEA 31111 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
!THEA 31501 JUNIOR PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
THEA 33092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS JUNIOR PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
!THEA 41306 PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 3
!THEA 41620 HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC) 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Seven
THEA 31401
DIRECTING
or PRODUCTION AND STAGE MANAGEMENT
3
THEA 43092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SENIOR PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requiremente) 3
Theatre Design elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!THEA 41501 SENIOR PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
THEA 43092 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS SENIOR PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) (or Kent Core Requirement) 3
Theatre Design Elective 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective (lower or upper division) 1
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Musical Theatre Concentration

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
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
THEA 11100 MAKING THEATRE: CULTURE AND PRACTICE 2
!THEA 21306 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Fundamental of Production 3
Dance Elective (lower or upper division) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!THEA 20202 MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE I 3
!THEA 21303 ACTING PROCESS 3
Fundamental of Production 3
Dance Elective (lower or upper division) 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
!THEA 20203 MUSIC THEORY FOR MUSICAL THEATRE II 3
!THEA 21111 SCRIPT ANALYSIS 3
!THEA 21306 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE I 3
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
Required: minimum 2.50 GPA  
!MUS 17111 PIANO CLASS 1
!THEA 31303 CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY I 3
Dance Elective (lower or upper division) 2
Guided elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!MUS 17112 PIANO CLASS 1
!THEA 31110 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I 3
!THEA 31304 CHARACTER AND SCENE STUDY II 3
!THEA 41307 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II 3
Dance Elective (lower or upper division) 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Required: minimum 2.50 GPA  
!THEA 22092 PRACTICUM: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (ELR) 3
!THEA 31111 HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA II 3
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
!THEA 41307 MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE II 3
!THEA 42192 PRACTICUM II: PERFORMANCE (ELR) 3
Dance Elective (lower or upper division) 1
Guided elective 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
DAN 47163
DANCE HISTORY II (WIC)
or PLAYWRITING (WIC)
or AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY (WIC)
or HISTORY OF PERIOD STYLES FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS (WIC)
3
MUS 36311 APPLIED MUSIC-VOICE 2
Dance Elective (lower or upper division) 1
Guided elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours12
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120