Program Requirements

Following your passion for theatre and dance

The program requirements for the each of the BFA theatre and dance tracks varies. In addition to completing the courses that are required for the major, you must also complete the general education and program requirements set by the University. All students in the BFA program will complete core curriculum of 31 credits and an additional 47 credits in the track option they choose.

Review of progress

There will be a review of your progress in the BFA program. BFA reviews are administered separately by each of the different BFA programs. Please discuss BFA review dates and requirements with your advisor.

Program requirements

Program Requirements
  1. General Education Program and Requirements

  2. Major Requirements (78 hours)

    1. Core Requirements (31 hours)

      1. Design/Technology (10 hours): THE 150(2) and 151(1); 224(1); choose two groups from THE 250(2) and 251(1), or THE 255(2) and 256(1), or THE 260(2) and 261(1)

      2. Directing (6 hours): THE 130(3); and THE 430(3) or DAN 520(3)-required for Dance option.

      3. History (6 hours): THE 541(3); and THE 542(3) or DAN 552(3)

      4. Acting (3 hours): THE 121(3)* or 222(3). *THE 121 is open to admitted BFA in Theatre and Dance/Acting and Musical Theatre majors only.

      5. Electives from approved courses inside or outside the department (5 hours). 2-3 hours of Dance courses suggested.

      6. Senior BFA Project:

        1. THE 492(1) required for Acting option, and for Design/Technology/Stage Management option

        2. DAN 492(1) required for Dance option

    2. Complete one of the following options:

      1. Acting (47 hours):

        1. THE 122(3), 221(3), 226(2), 228(2), 321(3), 326(3), 327(3), 328(3), 421(3), 424(1), 451(2), 498(2), 511(3), 522(3)

        2. 3 hours from the following: THE 505(3), 510(3), 515(3), 530(3)

        3. 3 hours from the following: THE 543(3), 545(3), 547(3); or approved literature course(s) numbered 300 or higher

        4. 5 hours from approved performance related electives from Dance, Music, or Theatre courses

        5. Each candidate will meet with the Acting faculty at the end of each spring semester to assess individual progress, strengths, and goals.

        6. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of THE 492(1) and 498(2).

      2. Dance (47 hours)

        1. Dance Technique (33 hours):

          1. No fewer than 12 hours in: DAN 216(3), 316(3), 416(3)

          2. No fewer than 12 hours in: DAN 230(3), 330(3), 430(3)

          3. No fewer than 9 hours in: DAN 245(3), 345(3), 445(3)

        2. Composition/Choreography (4 hours): DAN 320(2), 420(2)

        3. Partnering (2 hours): DAN 348(2)

        4. Performance Practicum: DAN 592(1)

        5. Anatomy and Kinesiology (3 hours): DAN 364(3)

        6. Pedagogy (4 hours): DAN 565(4)

        7. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of DAN 520(3) and 565(4).

          It is strongly recommended that all Dance majors take DAN 180 and one course from the following: MUS 239, MUS 345 or MUS 346. These courses fulfill General Education Program requirements.

      3. Design/Technology/Stage Management (47 hours):

        1. Design/Technology Core course sequence not selected above from: THE 250(2) and 251(1); THE 255(2) and 256(1); or THE 260(2) and 261(1)

        2. THE 270(3), 271(3), 275(3), 280(3), 281(3), 292(1), 295(1), 354(3), 380(3), 381(3), 382(3), 392(1), 395(1), 495(1), 561(3), 562(3)

        3. 6 hours from the following: THE 324(1), 350(3), 454(3), 460(3), 530(3), 552(3), 555(3), 558(3), 565(3); COM 205(3) or 332(3)

        4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of THE 395(1), 492(1) and THE 495(1).
  3. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements