Undergraduate Degree - Theatre - Bachelor of Fine Arts

Program:
Theatre - Bachelor of Fine Arts
Program Code:
5655 Theatre
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Start Term:
FS06
Department:
Department of Theatre
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Theatre

Undergraduate Programs
Theatre - Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre is designed for students wishing to prepare for a professional career in theatre. Admission to the program is by audition and portfolio review, which occurs during the spring semester of each year. In addition to required theatre education courses, students choose an area of concentration in either acting or design. The concentration provides highly focused course work devoted to professional and practical skill development and production process and collaboration.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre

  1. The University requirements for the bachelor’s degree as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Theatre major is met by completing Theatre 492. This course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Students may earn a maximum of 70 credits in Theatre (THR) and Dance (DAN) courses.
  3. The following requirements for the major.
                   
    a. All of the following courses. A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course is required (26 credits):  
      THR 101 Acting I 3
      THR 110 Theatrical Play Analysis 3
      THR 111 Introduction to Technical Theatre 3
      THR 111L Introduction to Technical Theatre Laboratory 1
      THR 300A Theatre Practicum – Production Emphasis 2
      THR 300C Theatre Practicum – Area Emphasis 2
      THR 331 Studies in Contemporary Theatre 3
      THR 341 Beginning Play Directing 3
      THR 431 Studies in Theatre History
    3
      THR 492 Senior Seminar (W) 3
      The completion of Theatre 492 satisfies the department’s capstone requirement.  
    b. One of the following pairs of courses. A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course is required (4 credits):
      (a) THR 211 Introduction to Lighting Design 3
        THR 211L Introduction to Lighting Design Laboratory 1
      (b) THR 212 Introduction to Costume Design 3
        THR 212L Introduction to Costume Design Laboratory 1
      (c) THR 214 Introduction to Scene Design 3
        THR 214L Introduction to Scene Design Laboratory 1
      (d) THR 216 Introduction to Sound Design 3
        THR 216L Introduction to Sound Design Laboratory 1
      (e) THR 219 Introduction to Digital Design 3
        THR 219L Introduction to Digital Design Laboratory 1
    c. One of the following concentrations.  A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course is required (30 credits):
      Acting            
      (1) All of the following courses (11 credits):  
        THR 201 Acting II 3
        THR 202 Voice Studio I 2
        THR 207 Movement Studio I 2
        THR 301 Acting III 3
        THR 491 Practicum: Acting 1
      (2) At least 19 credits from the following courses (19 credits):  
        THR 204 Topics in Acting/Directing I 1 to 6
        THR 304 Topics in Acting/Directing II 1 to 6
        THR 401 Acting IV 3
        THR 402 Voice Studio II 2
        THR 404 Topics in Acting Directing III 1 to 6
        THR 407 Movement Studio II 2
        THR 413 Stage Make-up 3
        THR 491 Practicum: Acting 1
        THR 493 Internship in Theatre 1 to 3
      Design            
      (1) Three of the following pairs of courses not taken to satisfy requirement 3.b. above (12 credits):
        (a) THR 211 Introduction to Lighting Design 3
          THR 211L Introduction to Lighting Design Laboratory 1
        (b) THR 212 Introduction to Costume Design 3
          THR 212L Introduction to Costume Design Laboratory 1
        (c) THR 214 Introduction to Scene Design 3
          THR 214L Introduction to Scene Design Laboratory 1
        (d) THR 216 Introduction to Sound Design 3
          THR 216L Introduction to Sound Design Laboratory 1
        (e) THR 219 Introduction to Digital Design 3
          THR 219L Introduction to Digital Design Laboratory 1
      (2) At least 18 credits from the following courses (18 credits):  
        THR 316 Stage Management 3
        THR 337 Motion Graphics for Performance Design 3
        THR 361 Topics in Lighting Technology 3
        THR 362 Topics in Costume Technology 3
        THR 364 Topics in Scenery Technology 3
        THR 369 Topics in Digital Technology 3
        THR 411 Stage Lighting Design 3
        THR 412 Stage Costume Design 3
        THR 413 Stage Make-up 3
        THR 414 Stage Scene Design 3
        THR 419 Digital Design for Live Performance 3
        THR 462 Theatrical Touring Production 2
        THR 463 Stage Rigging 3
        THR 464 Advanced Stagecraft 3
        THR 493 Internship in Theatre 1 to 3

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Theatre, BFA (5655)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Theatre BFA - Core
Major - Theatre BFA - Core: 3 courses from THR101, THR110, THR341

Requirement 12: Major - Theatre BFA - Technical Theatre
Major - Theatre BFA - Technical Theatre: 2 courses from THR111, THR111L

Requirement 13: Major - Theatre BFA - Practicum
Major - Theatre BFA - Practicum: A total 4 credits
At least 2 credits from THR300A
At least 2 credits from THR300C

Requirement 14: Major - Theatre BFA - Studies in Contemporary Theatre
Major - Theatre BFA - Studies in Contemporary Theatre: 1 course from THR331

Requirement 15: Major - Theatre BFA - History
Major - Theatre BFA - History: 1 course from THR431

Requirement 16: Major - Theatre BFA - Senior Seminar
Major - Theatre BFA - Senior Seminar: 1 course from THR492

Requirement 17: Major - Theatre BFA - Design
Major - Theatre BFA - Design: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
2 courses from THR216, THR216L
2 courses from THR211, THR211L
2 courses from THR212, THR212L
2 courses from THR214, THR214L
2 courses from THR219, THR219L

Requirement 18: Major - Theatre BFA - Cognate
Major - Theatre BFA - Cognate: 12 credits from A cognate of 12 credits from within the College of Arts and Letters selected from dramatic literature, digital humanities, studio art, art history, or film studies. At least one crse 300 level or above. Cognate need academic advisor approval.

Requirement 19: Major - Theatre BFA - Concentration
Major - Theatre BFA - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Acting: 30 credits
At least 11 credits from THR201, THR202, THR207, THR301, THR491
At least 19 credits from THR204, THR304, THR413, THR401, THR402, THR404, THR407, THR413, THR491, THR493
Design: 30 credits
At least 18 credits from THR316, THR361, THR362, THR364, THR369, THR411, THR412, THR413, THR414, THR419, THR337, THR493, THR462, THR463, THR464
At least 9 credits from THR211, THR212, THR214, THR219, THR216
At least 3 credits from THR211L, THR212L, THR214L, THR219L, THR216L
Conditions:
A minimum grade of 2.0 for all course(s) in Requirement(s) 19

Requirement 20: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Theatre courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.

Requirement 21: College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in a cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 22: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 23: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 24: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.