The Department of Theatre Arts seeks to prepare students to effectively pursue graduate theatre studies or engage in the professional and/or educational arena from a grounded Christian worldview. Students have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of theatrical genres in various venues and/or work as designers, technicians, and in theatre management. Students will study and apply the practical knowledge of the theatre’s historical and theoretical heritage; those pursuing the BSE degree will master the necessary knowledge and skills as outlined in TEKS for all-level education students. The Department seeks to provide each student with an opportunity to experience theatre in professional venues, including, occasionally, international settings. Additionally, the Department presents high-quality performances both on campus and off. By also taking courses in English, History, Religion, Math, and others, the theatre major’s liberal arts education will help prepare them for success in a variety of theatre-related professions.
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STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Graduates with a major in theatre arts on the BSE degree will demonstrate an understanding of theatre history.
- Graduates with a major in theatre arts on the BSE degree will demonstrate an understanding of performance practice and theory through practical experience in both acting and directing.
- Graduates with a major in theatre arts on the BSE degree will demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the design and technical aspects of theatre production.
- Graduates with a major in theatre arts on the BSE degree will be able to articulate their Christian worldview in light of current theatre practice as well as historical relationships between the church and theatre arts.
- Graduates with a major in theatre arts on the BSE degree will exhibit mastery of the content in their field as defined by the State Board of Educator Certification.
- Candidates with a major in All Level education will demonstrate mastery of the required standards in the TEA clinical teaching domains
- Candidates with a major in an All Level field will demonstrate competency of the required standards related to pedagogy and professional responsibility as specified by the Texas Education Agency.
General Education Requirements - 42 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, arts, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History 1301 and 1302 - 6 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be a lab science) - 4 hours
Mathematics 1342 - 3 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
Psychology 3331 - 3 hours
Professional Development (See Professional Development Requirements in the Teacher Education section of the catalog) - 24 hours
Major area of study (see below) - 36 hours
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours
Completion of thirty-six (36) semester hours:
THEA 1100 Theatre Production/Workshop (3 semesters required)
THEA 1351 Beginning Acting
THEA 2321 Stagecraft I: Scenery and Properties
THEA 2322 Stagecraft II: Lighting and Sound
THEA 2323 Stagecraft III: Costumes and Make-Up
THEA 2315 Script Analysis
THEA 3100 Advanced Theatre Production/Workshop (2 semesters required)
THEA 3302 Christianity and Theatre
THEA 4300 Teaching Theatre in Public Schools
THEA 3362 Directing I
THEA 4101 Studio Lab
THEA 4311 Theatre History I
THEA 4312 Theatre History II