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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Studies, BA

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The Theatre Studies, BA program prepares students to be well-rounded theatre artists, with an opportunity to study and explore across a variety of areas in theatre. The program trains students to be professional artistic collaborators using consent-based practices, social justice lenses, and courses in acting, directing, design (costume, lighting, scenic, and sound), stage management, theory, and research. Students put theory and research into practice as part of Central Theatre Ensemble’s regular on-campus season as dramaturgs, designers, technicians, stage managers, and performers.

Admission Requirements
Students applying to the major must submit a major application form.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Critically research, analyze, and interpret dramatic literature and performance as a theatre artist-scholar.
  • Develop an understanding of playwriting and production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic, cultural, political, and historical forces.
  • Apply collaborative skills in a theatrical environment.
  • Evaluate and demonstrate the multi-faceted conceptual and practical skills of theatre and performance.

Theatre Arts Core Requirements

The Theatre Arts programs are designed to prepare knowledgeable, skilled graduates who will successfully 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 professional theatre artist, and beyond. They will understand how to use the skills they develop in other career paths related to their degree.

Admission Requirements
BA students
apply directly to the department through the one-step online application, after admitted to the institution. 
No audition is required.

  • For a student new to the institution: The theatre arts application should be completed following admission to the university, and one week prior to enrolling in courses.
  • For a continuing CWU student: The theatre arts application can be competed at any time.

BFA students audition/interview through our online pre-screening web-based program, Information on the audition/interview process can be found at the department website.

Students seeking a theatre minor apply directly to the department through the one-step online application, after enrollment at the institution. 

Theatre Arts Core Requirements

Students in all theatre arts programs must earn a grade of “C+” (2.3) or higher in Theatre Arts Core Requirement courses.

Lab Component - Credits: 4

All theatre students completing programs which share the Theatre Arts Core Requirements are required to complete at least four (4) lab assignments.

Complete four (4) credits of the following:

Production Component - Credits: 3

All theatre majors are required to complete at least one backstage assignment.

Choose one from the following:

Theatre Arts Core Total Credits: 40

Theatre Studies

Required Courses Credits: 6

Design and Technical Requirement Credits: 9

Select three (3) courses from the following:

Literature Requirement Credits: 5

Select one course from the following:

Production Application Requirement Credits: 6

Choose or repeat any of the following for a minimum of six (6) credits.

Department-Approved Electives Credits: 8

Total Credits: 74

College and Department Information

Theatre Arts Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.

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