The BFA program is designed to prepare knowledgeable, skilled graduates who will compete in an increasingly competitive field. Students will also learn to assess, explain, and interpret the many roles and responsibilities inherent in the world of the educational theatre artist. They will also understand how to use the skills they have developed in other career paths related to their degree.
This major satisfies the Washington State endorsement standards for Theatre. For marketability students should have a minor leading to endorsement in an additional subject area. This pre-professional training program includes the Professional Education Program and full admission to the teacher certification program offered through the School of Education.
Student will be admitted through a comprehensive application process, and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all collegiate work.
Students must also be fully admitted to the Secondary Education Major within the Curriculum, Supervision, and Education Leadership (CSEL) Department.
A passing score on each section of the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-E) for Theatre.
BFA candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Theatre Arts with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.7) in each course.
Student must also meet the standards for full admission to the School of Education Professional Education Program.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to function effectively as members of a collaborative team in the preparation and realization /implementation of a public performance
- Apply elements processes and tools of these theatre skills and practices: acting, directing, playwriting, design
- Safely and effectively use the tools and equipment basic to theatre production and design technology and demonstrate safe auditorium and facilities management practices.
- Possess the knowledge and skills needed to respond critically to theatre using standard Western theatrical assessment criteria, and understand and analyze theatre in at least two other cultural and/or historical contexts.
- Understand theatre as a learning process of child development and identify, recognize and implement standards of production, design and performance which meet the needs and abilities of different age groups.
- Understand the role of theatre arts in education, including the philosophical, historical and social foundation for theatre education, and will be able to articulate a rationale for theatre in the schools.
- Practice integrating theatre arts with different school subjects, such as literature, history, mathematics and science, using different theatre techniques suitable for the classroom
- Have practice in developing and implementing age appropriate theatre experiences to meet learning goals for diverse populations.