BFA Four-Year Degree Plan: Design, Technology and Stage Management

Design, Technology and Stage MGMT BFA 4 yr

The BFA design, technology and stage management option may be completed in four years or eight semesters. Design, technology and stage management is a comprehensive major and does not require a minor. The four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that may be considered upon admission to the University.

Sample schedule

Please note that the schedule below is only a guide. You may be able to take courses in a different order; please consult your advisor before registering. Be sure to verify your schedule with the projected course offerings.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THE 151 Introduction to Theatre Technology Lab 1
THE 222 Acting Fundamentals 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
THE 130 Introduction to Script Analysis 3
THE 224 Stage Makeup I 1
THE 250 Stagecraft and Construction I 2
THE 251 Stagecraft and Construction Lab 1
Public Issues - General Education 3
The Arts - General Education 3
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
THE 270 Drawing and Rendering for Theatre I 3
THE 255 Lighting Design I 2
THE 256 Lighting Lab 1
THE 275 Drafting for the Stage 3
THE 295 Production/Design/Stage Management Project 1
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (with lab) - General Education 4
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
THE 271 Drawing and Rendering for Theatre II 3
THE 280 Design Seminar Design Principles 3
THE 292 BFA Review 1
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Writing II 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Total hours16

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
THE 281 Design Seminar-Lighting and Scenic Design Principles 3
THE 354 Stage Management 3
THE 260 Costume Construction I 2
THE 395 Production/Design/Stage Management Project 1
THE 541 Theatre History I 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
THE 542 Theatre History II 3
THE 392 BFA Review 1
THE 542 Theatre History II 3
Life Sciences or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3-4
General elective 3
General elective 3
Total hours15-16

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
THE 381 Design Seminar-Collaborative Design Process 3
THE 382 Research and Concept Development 3
THE 430 Directing I 3
THE 495 Theatre Practicum 1
THE 561 History of Costume and Decor I 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
THE 492 Senior BFA Project 1
THE 562 History of Costume and Decor II 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
Total hours14

Tips for Success

  • A number of courses are only offered every other semester or every other year. Please be mindful of these periodicities and visit your advisor often to stay on track.
  • THE 150 and THE 151 should be taken as soon as possible as they are prerequisites for most design, technology, and stage management courses.
  • This BFA curriculum requires two different elective options as defined by the catalog.
  • Program Requirement B-1-e requires five (5) elective hours inside or outside of the department.
  • Program Requirement B-2-C-3 requires six (6) elective hours from among the following courses: THE 324, 350, 454, 460, 530, 552, 555, 558, 565, COM 205, 332.
Degree plan last reviewed 07-03-2018.