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Theatre B.A.

Theatre
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 52
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The BA in theatre offers broad, liberal arts study in theatre arts complemented by courses from across the University curriculum. Required courses in the major give students a strong core of theatre knowledge and experience. Students are urged to broaden their study by selecting a minor or second major in literature, culture, language, the social sciences, or the arts as appropriate to their career goals and in consultation with their academic advisor.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Learning in Community (1 cr)
UST 1000 - Learning in Community (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Minor or a second major in another field of study.
Additional Fine Arts Requirement (3 cr)
Three credits of any 1000-level or 2000-level fine art course(s) from outside the studentís chosen major (art, art history, dance, music, or fine arts), provided that the student meets pre-requisites for the course(s). MU 15xx ensembles must be repeated once each semester for a total of 3 credits (may require audition).
Core Courses (21 cr)
TH 1031 - Introduction to Theatrical Design (3.0 cr)
TH 1041 - Introduction to Technical Theatre (3.0 cr)
TH 1801 - Elements of Theatre (3.0 cr)
TH 2801 - Play Analysis: Dramatic Theory and Theatre Research (3.0 cr)
TH 4801 - History of the Theatre I [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
TH 4802 - History of the Theatre II (3.0 cr)
TH 1111 - Introduction to Acting [LE CAT, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
or TH 1112 - Acting I (3.0 cr)
BA Requirement Courses (3 cr)
TH 2841 - The Theatre Experience (3.0 cr)
or TH 4841 - Creative Collaboration (3.0 cr)
Theatre Electives (12 cr)
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1071 - Musical Theatre History [LE CAT, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· TH 1116 - Audition Techniques I (2.0 cr)
· TH 1118 - Voice and Movement for the Actor (3.0 cr)
· TH 1301 - Stagecraft (3.0 cr)
· TH 1351 - Stage Rendering Techniques (3.0 cr)
· TH 1401 - Costume Construction I (3.0 cr)
· TH 1451 - Stage Makeup (3.0 cr)
· TH 1551 - Sound Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 1601 - Stage Management (3.0 cr)
· TH 2400 - Survey of the History of Costume (3.0 cr)
· TH 2841 - The Theatre Experience (3.0 cr)
· TH 3111 - Introduction to Scene Study (3.0 cr)
· TH 3112 - Acting IV: Improvisation (3.0 cr)
· TH 3201 - Stage Direction (3.0 cr)
· TH 3218 - Acting V: Physical Theatre (2.0 cr)
· TH 3301 - Stagecraft II (3.0 cr)
· TH 3331 - Scenic Design I (3.0 cr)
· TH 3341 - Properties Construction (3.0 cr)
· TH 3371 - Scene Painting (3.0 cr)
· TH 3441 - Costume Design I (3.0 cr)
· TH 3501 - Advanced Digital Technology for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
· TH 3871 - Playwriting [LE CAT, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· TH 3995 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 4841 - Creative Collaboration (3.0 cr)
Practicums (7 cr)
TH 1399 - Scenery and Properties Practicum (2.0 cr)
TH 1499 - Costume Practicum (2.0 cr)
TH 1599 - Lighting/Sound Practicum (1.0 cr)
TH 1699 - Running Crew Practicum (2.0 cr)
Practicum Electives (2 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1199 - Performance Practicum I [LE CAT] (1.0 cr)
· TH 1399 - Scenery and Properties Practicum (2.0 cr)
· TH 1499 - Costume Practicum (2.0 cr)
· TH 1599 - Lighting/Sound Practicum (1.0 cr)
· TH 1699 - Running Crew Practicum (2.0 cr)
· TH 2399 - Production Practicum II (1.0 cr)
· TH 3399 - Production Practicum III (2.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - Learning in Community
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
TH 1031 - Introduction to Theatrical Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Course will introduce students to the fundamental elements and principles of design and how they apply to the theatre experience of scenery, costumes, lighting and sound.
TH 1041 - Introduction to Technical Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will introduce the student to the various disciplines collectively known as technical theatre. These areas include but are not limited to, scenery construction and painting, costume construction, lighting and sound production.
TH 1801 - Elements of Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Intensive study in rudimentary theatre vocabulary, research methods, principles of play production, preproduction script analyses, performance criticism, and postproduction assessment. Play viewing, play reading, critiques, and term projects. prereq: th major
TH 2801 - Play Analysis: Dramatic Theory and Theatre Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploring how to analyze a play from the perspective of those preparing for the production process. Beginning with play structure and theory, the course will examine plays form various periods and styles, using different perspectives to frame the analysis. Student will write analysis papers, learn to do research on various topics from several creative perspectives, and engage in classroom discussions. prereq: 1001 or 1801
TH 4801 - History of the Theatre I (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of selected styles, theories, performance, and production techniques of world theatre from theoretical origins to the present. prereq: TH 2801 or instructor consent
TH 4802 - History of the Theatre II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar exploring the style, theory, performance, and production techniques of selected eras or traditions in world theatre from theoretical origins to present. prereq: 4801 or instructor consent
TH 1111 - Introduction to Acting (LE CAT, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Developing the ability to respond to imaginative situations with sincerity, individuality, and effectiveness; projects in elementary acting techniques.
TH 1112 - Acting I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to fundamental skills of acting: objectives, actions, given circumstances, activities. Focus on freeing natural impulses through imagination and improvisation. For BFA theatre majors. prereq: 1001 or 1801 or BFA Th major or instructor consent
TH 2841 - The Theatre Experience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Course provides students with opportunities to explore various approaches to theatre-making by studying the methods and missions of influential contemporary theatre companies, and seeing their work in productions. Emphasis will be placed on how such collectives define their work, communicate with audiences, and further theatre practices in the US and around the world by focusing on theatre as a commercial enterprise, artistic expression, and/or mode of cultural communication.
TH 4841 - Creative Collaboration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
An advanced course in which students work collaboratively to develop original performance pieces from concept to production. The practice-based class will focus on alternative approaches to storytelling, using the theories and methodologies of physical and devised theatre, as well as theatre as social activism. Students work independently to create fully-staged productions. prereq: 2841 or instructor consent; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for TH 2831
TH 1071 - Musical Theatre History (LE CAT, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Musical theatre genre focusing on integration of theatre, music, and dance. Major librettists, composers, directors, choreographers, and performers.
TH 1116 - Audition Techniques I
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory, technique, and application of audition skills for the actor. prereq: instructor consent
TH 1118 - Voice and Movement for the Actor
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to voice and movement techniques designed to liberate, develop, and strengthen actor's body and voice. prereq: instructor consent
TH 1301 - Stagecraft
Credits: 3.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to methods of planning, constructing, painting, rigging, and shifting stage scenery. pre-req: 1041
TH 1351 - Stage Rendering Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Practical course in study of different rendering mediums, styles, and techniques for the theatrical designer. prereq: 1001 or 1801 or instructor consent
TH 1401 - Costume Construction I
Credits: 3.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to study and practice of methods and materials used in building costumes for theatrical productions. pre-req: TH 1041
TH 1451 - Stage Makeup
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to principles and materials of stage makeup and their application in developing a character makeup for theatrical productions. prereq: 1001 or 1801 or Theatre Design and Production Certificate or instructor consent
TH 1551 - Sound Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Principles and practice of choosing, editing, and running sound cues for theatrical productions. prereq: 1001 or 1801 or instructor consent
TH 1601 - Stage Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theory and practice of stage management techniques applicable to a variety of theatre forms and situations.
TH 2400 - Survey of the History of Costume
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Course will explore the history of costume from ancient civilization through the 19th century.
TH 2841 - The Theatre Experience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Course provides students with opportunities to explore various approaches to theatre-making by studying the methods and missions of influential contemporary theatre companies, and seeing their work in productions. Emphasis will be placed on how such collectives define their work, communicate with audiences, and further theatre practices in the US and around the world by focusing on theatre as a commercial enterprise, artistic expression, and/or mode of cultural communication.
TH 3111 - Introduction to Scene Study
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of 1111. Development of acting skills beyond the fundamental level for non-BFA theatre majors. Project work emphasis on characterization and contemporary scene study. prereq: 1111 or 1112 or instructor consent; not open to BFA th majors
TH 3112 - Acting IV: Improvisation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Freeing the actor's natural impulses through in-depth, hands-on exploration of improvisational theatre. Emphasis placed on actor's learning to create without fear. prereq: instructor consent
TH 3201 - Stage Direction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Comprehensive, portfolio approach focusing on interpretive role of director in contemporary theatre. Major tasks facing director as collaborator; lecture, written assignments, workshops, and projects. prereq: 1111 or 1112, 60 cr, Th major or minor or instructor consent
TH 3218 - Acting V: Physical Theatre
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Physical Theatre will explore theatrical character, collaboration, and storytelling with a focus on corporeal expression. pre-req: minimum 60 credits, BA or BFA Theatre major, instructor consent
TH 3301 - Stagecraft II
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course will explore construction techniques such as metal working and finish carpentry. These skills are needed for anyone interested in pursuing a job in the field of scenery and/or properties construction. prereq: 1301
TH 3331 - Scenic Design I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Elements of design used in creation of scenery for theatre. prereq: 1301 or instructor consent
TH 3341 - Properties Construction
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Course looks at the specialized techniques and methods used in the construction of stage properties. Major focus will be placed on the areas of metalworking, casting, carving, furniture construction, and upholstery. Explore research techniques in period, style, and chronology. prereq: 1301
TH 3371 - Scene Painting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Advanced work in use of both traditional and modern methods of painting stage scenery emphasizing practical lab work. (2 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab) prereq: 1301
TH 3441 - Costume Design I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles and practice of costume design with emphasis on designing and rendering costumes from various historical periods. prereq: 1401, 1001 or 1801 or instructor consent
TH 3501 - Advanced Digital Technology for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Advanced techniques of computer technology for theatre production including operation and functionality of digitally controlled equipment for lighting, sound and stage equipment. prereq: 1301 or instructor consent
TH 3871 - Playwriting (LE CAT, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Instruction and practice in fundamentals of playwriting, including dialogue, character, and scenario development; traditional and experimental formal structures; emphasizes theatre format with peripheral screenplay information.
TH 3995 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Intensive study of special topics falling outside usual theatre or dance courses. Topic announced before course offered. prereq: Instructor consent
TH 4841 - Creative Collaboration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
An advanced course in which students work collaboratively to develop original performance pieces from concept to production. The practice-based class will focus on alternative approaches to storytelling, using the theories and methodologies of physical and devised theatre, as well as theatre as social activism. Students work independently to create fully-staged productions. prereq: 2841 or instructor consent; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for TH 2831
TH 1399 - Scenery and Properties Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience constructing and painting scenery and properties for theatrical productions. (90 hrs work) prereq: Th major or minor
TH 1499 - Costume Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working on costume construction and costume crafts for theatrical productions. (90 hrs work) prereq: Th major or minor
TH 1599 - Lighting/Sound Practicum
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working on lighting and sound for theatrical productions. (45 hrs work) prereq: Th major or minor or Theatre Design & Production Certificate
TH 1699 - Running Crew Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working backstage during the run of theatrical productions. (90 hrs work) prereq: instructor consent
TH 1199 - Performance Practicum I (LE CAT)
Credits: 1.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Rehearsal and performance of minor role, as determined by instructor, in a play or dance performance before a public audience in UMD Theatre productions. prereq: instructor consent; by audition only
TH 1399 - Scenery and Properties Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience constructing and painting scenery and properties for theatrical productions. (90 hrs work) prereq: Th major or minor
TH 1499 - Costume Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working on costume construction and costume crafts for theatrical productions. (90 hrs work) prereq: Th major or minor
TH 1599 - Lighting/Sound Practicum
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working on lighting and sound for theatrical productions. (45 hrs work) prereq: Th major or minor or Theatre Design & Production Certificate
TH 1699 - Running Crew Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working backstage during the run of theatrical productions. (90 hrs work) prereq: instructor consent
TH 2399 - Production Practicum II
Credits: 1.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working in technical areas of theatrical production, providing management and leadership in all areas of theatre production. prereq: 1301 or 1401, instructor consent
TH 3399 - Production Practicum III
Credits: 2.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience working in technical areas of theatrical production, providing management and leadership in all areas of theatre production. prereq: TH 1699 and instructor consent
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks appropriate for the arts and letters. Seeks to advance research and critical thinking skills as well as skills in applying conventions of grammar, style, argumentation, and documentation. In addition, the course addresses professional writing for the arts, including reviews, proposals, grant writing, and career documents. pre-req: 1) WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed 2) minimum 60 credits earned