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BA/BS in Theatre

Bachelor in Theatre 72 credits

The BA/BS in Theatre is designed to provide a solid base in acting, directing, technical theatre and design, performance, literature and theory.

Students will be prepared for post-graduate opportunities including: graduate school, teacher licensor programs, internships, professional theatre, and participation in the arts in their communities.

The overall objectives of the BA/BS in Theatre at WOU are as follows:

  • Create theatre, from script analysis through public performance.
  • Demonstrate competency in production processes.
  • Analyze the historical, literary, theoretical, stylistic and cultural dimensions of theatre and how theatrical works exist within contexts.

Theatre Core (40 Credits):

TA 165 Production Dynamics
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study
TA 167 Play Reading
TA 220 Production Participation (0) 6 terms
TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming

Choose One (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting

TA 265 Acting

Choose One (4)

TA 334 Stage Management

TA 364 Directing

TA 381 Theatre History I
TA 382 Theatre History II
TA 383 Theatre History III
TA 386 International Theatre
TA 453 Capstone Experience

Choose elective Theatre classes (at least 16 Upper Division) (32)

*Students must also complete university requirements as outlined in the WOU course catalogue.

 

  • B.A. Requirements
  • B.S. Requirements
  • LACC Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees are liberal arts degree programs with a major in theatre and a minor in an area other than theatre. Students who take the BA in theatre complete 72 credit hours in theatre courses in addition to the liberal arts core curriculum (LACC) and a minor in another academic discipline.

Bachelor of Arts  (B.A.)

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) – 54 – 55 credits
Writing Intensive – 6 credits
Second Language
Mathematics/Computer Science – 6 credits
Refer to current Catalog pages 33 – 35  Graduation requirements LACC BA BS
MAJOR  – 72 credits    MINOR – varies

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are liberal arts degree programs with a major in theatre and a minor in an area other than theatre. Students who take the BS in theatre complete 72 credit hours in theatre courses in addition to the liberal arts core curriculum (LACC) and a minor in another academic discipline.

Bachelor of Science  (B.S.)

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) – 54 – 55 credits
Writing Intensive – 6 credits
Cultural Diversity – 6 credits
Mathematics/Computer Science – 11 credits
Refer to current Catalog pages 33 – 35  Graduation requirements LACC BA BS
MAJOR  – 72 credits    MINOR – varies

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) 54-55 credits

  • Communication  COM 111  – 3 credits
  • Writing WR 135 College Writing II – 4 credits
  • Creative Arts – 9 credits
  • Health & Physical Education – 4 credits
  • Laboratory Science – 12 – 15 credits
  • Literature – 8 credits
  • Philosophy or Religion – 3 credits
  • Social Science 11 – 12 creditsMathematics/Computer Science – 11 credits
  • MATH 111 College Algebra – (or higher)
  • Computer Science – CS 121 Computer Applications  (or higher)

Refer to current Catalog pages 33 – 35  Graduation requirements for LACC, BA &  BS

 

Career Opportunities and Student Successes

Graduates of Western’s Theatre/Dance program have acted in and designed for such theatres as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Alley Theatre, the South Coast Repertory Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, the La Jolla Playhouse, and Seattle’s ACT. In 1989, Rex Rabold, a long-time Oregon actor and Western graduate, was awarded Western’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. David Kay Mickelsen, a Western graduate and professional costumer designs in major regional and Off Broadway theatres. Recently he completed costume designs for the premiere of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. Several graduates contribute their talents to playwriting, directing, choreographing, and designing for productions in and around the state. Other Western theatre and dance graduates have gone on to careers in television, film, arts administration, and teaching in public schools, colleges, and universities.

Western’s Theatre maintains regular involvement in national competitive activities and provides opportunities for students to be involved in acting and design competitions. In 1981, 1985 and 1993, Western hosted the annual Northwest Drama Conference and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Three Western students have won regional awards in set design and costume design and have exhibited their work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and three Western productions have been chosen to perform in The KC/ACTF regional festivals.

 

 

Contact

Department of Theatre and Dance 503 838-8310 | or e-mail: janovid@wou.edu