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Theatre B.A.

Theatre
School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 65
  • 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.
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 of the last 60 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. 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.
  8. 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.
Introductory Course (1 cr)
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Core Courses (34 cr)
TH 1031 - Introduction to Theatrical Design (3.0 cr)
TH 1301 - Stagecraft (5.0 cr)
TH 1401 - Costume Construction I (5.0 cr)
TH 1599 - Lighting/Sound Practicum (1.0 cr)
TH 1699 - Running Crew Practicum (2.0 cr)
TH 1801 - Elements of Theatre (3.0 cr)
TH 2801 - Play Analysis: Dramatic Theory and Theatre Research (3.0 cr)
TH 3201 - Stage Direction (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 CAT10, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
or TH 1112 - Acting I (3.0 cr)
BA Requirements (9 cr)
TH 2399 - Production Practicum II (1.0 cr)
TH 2841 - The Theatre Experience (3.0 cr)
TH 3399 - Production Practicum III (2.0 cr)
TH 4841 - Creative Collaboration (3.0 cr)
Theatre Electives (15 cr)
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 1051 - Introduction to Film [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· TH 1053 - Film and Society [LE CAT9] (3.0 cr)
· TH 1116 - Audition Techniques I (2.0 cr)
· TH 1118 - Voice and Movement for the Actor (3.0 cr)
· TH 1351 - Stage Rendering Techniques (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 2851 - Film History (3.0 cr)
· TH 3111 - Introduction to Scene Study (3.0 cr)
· TH 3112 - Acting IV: Improvisation (3.0 cr)
· TH 3171 - Acting V: Character/Masks (3.0 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 3871 - Playwriting [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· TH 3995 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
SFA Additional Requirement (3 cr)
Three credits of any 1000-level or 2000-level SFA 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).
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
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 1301 - Stagecraft
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to methods of planning, constructing, painting, rigging, and shifting stage scenery. Lab work required constructing and painting scenery and properties for theatrical productions. prereq: 1001 or 1801 or instructor consent
TH 1401 - Costume Construction I
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to study and practice of methods and materials used in building costumes for theatrical productions. Lab work required. prereq: 1001 or 1801 or instructor consent
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
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 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 3201 - Stage Direction
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 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 style, theory, performance, and production techniques of world theatre from theoretical origins through early 19th century. prereq: 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
Survey of style, theory, performance, and production techniques of world theatre from 19th century to present. prereq: 4801 or instructor consent
TH 1111 - Introduction to Acting (LE CAT10, 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 2399 - Production Practicum II
Credits: 1.0 [max 2.0]
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 2841 - The Theatre Experience
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd 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 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
TH 4841 - Creative Collaboration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even 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 1051 - Introduction to Film (LE CAT9, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History and genres of film; how movies are made. Watching and analyzing films and developing an articulate and discerning viewpoint.
TH 1053 - Film and Society (LE CAT9)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
An examination of how films influence the moral and cultural life of our time, and how culture affects film.
TH 1116 - Audition Techniques I
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
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 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 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 instructor consent
TH 1551 - Sound Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even 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 Odd 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 Odd Year
Course will explore the history of costume from ancient civilization through the 19th century.
TH 2851 - Film History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of American and international cinema from 1870s to present day, with special focus on filmmakers, genres, and styles. prereq: soph or instructor consent
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]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
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 3171 - Acting V: Character/Masks
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 60 cr, BFA Th major, instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using the body to express and develop character through mask work, improvisation, and selected scene work. prereq: 60 cr, BFA Th major, instructor consent
TH 3301 - Stagecraft II
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
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]
Prerequisites: 1301
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
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 3871 - Playwriting (LE CAT9, 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]
Prerequisites: Instructor consent
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
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. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits