BFA in Theatre: Production Training Focus 115 credits
The BFA curriculum is designed to immerse students in the practicalities of theatre production and the theatre world. Conservatory style training is augmented by traditional academic studies in theatre history, literature, criticism and play reading.
Details of degree plan:
- Students pursuing the BFA will complete 46 credit hours in the BFA core curriculum and 69 + credit hours in their area of concentration, for a total of approximately 115 credit hours. Admission into the BFA program is by audition/interview only.
- The BFA in Theatre is a rigorous and competitive program of study for students interested in pursuing careers in the professional theatre. This pre-professional program is designed to combine intensive training with a liberal arts education. All aspects of theatre—art, craft, business and education—are examined, with a focus on theatrical production.
- The expanded curriculum of the program embraces classes not only in theatre, but in dance, art and music.
The overall objectives of the BFA in Theatre at WOU are as follows:
To provide a rigorous pre-professional BFA theatre training program to talented and qualified aspiring theatre professionals.
To create university theatrical productions of the highest standard which challenge student artists and audiences with plays of depth and vibrancy that illuminate the strengths, frailties and diversity of the human condition.
To establish and maintain education and outreach programs for all ages consistent with the artistic mission of the department.
To play a vital role in the cultural life of the Willamette Valley, Salem and the region.
Production Training Courses:
- A 204 Art History: Prehistoric through Late Antiquity Credits: 4
- A 205 Art History: Middle Ages through Renaissance Credits: 4
- A 206 Art History: Baroque through Contemporary Credits: 4
- TA 247 Technical Theatre: Sound Credits: 2
- TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup Credits: 3
- TA 308 History of Fashion Credits: 4
- TA 334 Stage Management Credits: 4
- TA 336 Stage Properties Credits: 4
- TA 338 History of Architecture and Decor Credits: 4
- TA 343 Costume Design Credits: 4
- TA 345 Scenic Painting I Credits: 4
- TA 346 Scenic Design Credits: 4
- TA 348 Lighting Design Credits: 4
- TA 412 Portfolio Review Credits: 2
- TA 354 Production Design I Credits: 1-3 Credits: 3
- TA 355 Production Management I Credits: 1-3 Credits: 3
- TA 359 Production Fabrication Credits: 1-4 Credits: 3
Elective Credit: 16
- A 130 Beginning Drawing Credits: 4
- A 230 Introduction to Life Drawing Credits: 4
- TA 344 Costume Crafts Credits: 4
- TA 349 Scenic Design Studio Credits: 3
- TA 436 Advanced Costume Techniques Credits: 3
- TA 443 Advanced Costume Design Credits: 4
- TA 445 Scenic Painting II Credits: 3
- TA 446 Advanced Scene Design: CAD Credits: 4
- TA 447 Digital Imagery for Theatre Credits: 4
- TA 448 Advanced Lighting Design Credits: 4
Total Credits: 113-115
BFA PRODUCTION TRAINING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
The BFA Production Training can be pursued in one of several concentration areas:
- Scenic Design
- Costume Design
- Lighting Design
- Stage Management
- Technical Direction
- Stage Properties
All students admitted to WOU are eligible to pursue the BA or BS in General Theatre or the theatre minor. Admission to the BFA program is by audition/interview only.
Both existing students and new/potential students can interview for entrance into the BFA Production Training Program. Private Interviews will be scheduled as application materials are received.
For new/potential students to be considered for the BFA Production Training Program, they must:
- Be formally accepted to Western Oregon University prior to auditioning.
- Submit the following to Professor Scott Grim via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- BFA Application (here)
- Letter of intent, providing highlights of previous theatre experience and plans for future development.
- Resume (example of resume.)
- Students may use their interview for the purpose of completing the scholarship application process by first completing the General Scholarship Application at https://wou.academicworks.com.
- You must have a WOU Portal username and password to access the General Scholarship Application. This will automatically place your application into all of the categories that you are eligible for.
- General Scholarship Applications Generally end on March 1.