Department of Theatre and Dance

Home » Theatre » Prospective Theatre Students » Program Information » Theatre Degrees & Programs

Menu

BFA in Theatre  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.

BFA Core Curriculum (46 Credit Hours)

TA 165 Production Dynamics
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study
TA 167 Play Reading

TA 220 Production Participation (9 terms)

TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming

TA 265 Acting I or TA 251 Elements of Acting

Choose One (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting

TA 265 Acting

TA 381 Theatre History I
TA 382 Theatre History II
TA 383 Theatre History III
TA 386 International Theatre

TA 364 Play Direction
TA 395, 396, 397 Special Studies—Plays in Progress
TA 453 Capstone Experience

BFA Actor Training (69 Credit Hours)

D 1XX Beginning Dance Sequence (3)

TA 205 Stage Speech I (2)

TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup (3)

TA 255 Movement I (2)

TA 261 Movement II (2)

TA 271 Acting II (4)

TA 290 Voice I (2)

TA 305 Stage Speech II (3)

TA 351 Voice II (2)

TA 357 Production Performance (10)

TA 360 Contemporary Audition (3)

TA 368 Masks (4)

TA 370 Acting for the Camera (4)

TA 371 Acting Meisner I (4)

TA 394 Acting Meisner II (4)

TA 405 Acting Shakespeare (4)

TA 420 Acting: Scene Study (3)

TA 432 Styles I: Modernism (3)

TA 433 Styles II: Restoration/Manners (3)

TA 437 Acting Shakespeare II (3)

 

To be considered for the BFA Program all students must:

  • Submit an application to the Western Oregon University BFA prior to the scheduled audition/interview date. Auditions are at the beginning of Fall term every year.
  • Download application here (example of resume.)
  • Have taken or be in the process of taking TA 165 Production Dynamics and TA 166 Text Analysis. (Transfer students must consult with an advisor.)
  • Submit the following:
    • Letter of intent, providing highlights of previous theatre experience and plans for future development.
    • Resume.
    • Phone numbers from one or two teachers or directors or other theatre professionals familiar with the students work and potential.

The above must be submitted at least one day prior to the scheduled audition/interview date.

Acting Audition Preparation:

  • Prepare two monologues of not more than two minutes each.  Do not exceed three minutes in total.
  • Bring current head shot or picture (black and white or color).
  • Monologues must be memorized.
  • Monologues may be chosen from any time period and should offer as much contrast as possible.  One of the monologues must be from a contemporary realistic play.  Choose roles in which you could be cast professionally at this point in your career and which show you off to your best advantage.  Do not attempt roles out of your current age range and roles with European dialects.
  • On the day of the audition, arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time of registration and general session.  Dress appropriately in comfortable clothes.  At the conclusion of your audition, you will be interviewed by the screening committee.  The combined length of the interview audition is approximately twenty minutes.

Once enrolled in the program, all BFA Actor Training majors are required to audition for all department productions.  Continuation in the program is determined by an annual review process.

BFA in Theatre  119 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 48 credit hours in the BFA core curriculum and 69 + credit hours in their area of concentration, for a total of approximately 117 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.

BFA Core Curriculum (46 Credit Hours)

 

TA 165 Production Dynamics
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study
TA 167 Play Reading

TA 220 Production Participation (9 terms)

TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming

TA 265 Acting I or TA 251 Elements of Acting

Choose One (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting

TA 265 Acting

TA 381 Theatre History I
TA 382 Theatre History II
TA 383 Theatre History III
TA 386 International Theatre

TA 364 Play Direction
TA 395, 396, 397 Special Studies—Plays in Performance
TA 453 Capstone Experience

 

BFA Production Training (73 Credit Hours)

Required Classes (51)

A 204, 205, 206 Art History Sequence
TA 247 Technical Theatre: Sound
TA 252 Technical Theatre: Makeup
TA 308 History of Fashion
TA 334 Stage Management
TA 336 Stage Properties
TA 338 History of Architecture and Decor
TA 343 Costume Design
TA 345 Scenic Painting I
TA 346 Scenic Design
TA 348 Lighting Design
TA 353 Advanced Production Workshop
TA 412 Portfolio Review

Choose two: (6)

TA 354 Production Design
TA 355 Production Management
TA 359 Production Fabrication

Approved Production Electives (16)

A 130 Beginning Drawing
A 230 Introduction to Life Drawing
TA 344 Costume Crafts
TA 347 Drafting for Theatre
TA 349 Scenic Design Studio
TA 436 Advanced Costume Techniques
TA 443 Advanced Costume Design
TA 445 Scenic Painting II
TA 446 Advanced Scenic Design: CAD
TA 447 Digital Imagery for Theatre
TA 448 Advanced Lighting Design

 

 

 

To be considered for the BFA Program all students must:

  • Submit an application to the Western Oregon University BFA prior to the scheduled audition/interview date. Auditions are at the beginning of Fall term every year.
  • Download application here Example of resume.
  • Have taken or be in the process of taking TA 165 Production Dynamics and TA 166 Text Analysis. (Transfer students must consult with an advisor.)
  • Submit the following:
  • Letter of intent, providing highlights of previous theatre experience and plans for future development.
  • Resume.
  • Recommendation numbers from one or two teachers or directors or other theatre professionals familiar with the students work and potential.

The above must be submitted at least one day prior to the scheduled audition/interview date.

Costume, Light, Set Design; Stage Management, Technical Theatre Preparation:

  • Admittance to the BFA in Theatre—Costume, Light, Set Design; Stage Management or Technical Theatre is based on an interview with the theatre department faculty.
  • On the day of the interview, arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time of registration and general session.  The length of the interview is approximately twenty minutes.

Bachelor in Theatre 72 credits

The BA/BS in Theatre is designed to provide a solid base in acting, directing, technical theatre and design, performance, literature and theory.

Students will be prepared for post-graduate opportunities including: graduate school, teacher licensor programs, internships, professional theatre, and participation in the arts in their communities.

The overall objectives of the BA/BS in Theatre at WOU are as follows:

  • Create theatre, from script analysis through public performance.
  • Demonstrate competency in production processes.
  • Analyze the historical, literary, theoretical, stylistic and cultural dimensions of theatre and how theatrical works exist within contexts.

Theatre Core (40 Credits):

TA 165 Production Dynamics
TA 166 Text Analysis and Scene Study
TA 167 Play Reading
TA 220 Production Participation (0) 6 terms
TA 244 Technical Theatre: Scenecraft
TA 245 Technical Theatre: Lighting
TA 246 Technical Theatre: Costuming

Choose One (3)

TA 251 Elements of Acting

TA 265 Acting

Choose One (4)

TA 334 Stage Management

TA 364 Directing

TA 381 Theatre History I
TA 382 Theatre History II
TA 383 Theatre History III
TA 386 International Theatre
TA 453 Capstone Experience

Choose elective Theatre classes (at least 16 Upper Division) (32)

*Students must also complete university requirements as outlined in the WOU course catalogue.

 

 

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees are liberal arts degree programs with a major in theatre and a minor in an area other than theatre. Students who take the BS in theatre complete 72 credit hours in theatre courses in addition to the liberal arts core curriculum (LACC) and a minor in another academic discipline.

 

Bachelor of Science  (B.S.)

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) – 54 – 55 credits
Writing Intensive – 6 credits
Cultural Diversity – 6 credits
Mathematics/Computer Science – 11 credits
Refer to current Catalog pages 33 – 35  Graduation requirements LACC BA BS
MAJOR  – 72 credits    MINOR – varies

Minor in Theatre  (27-28 credits)

TA 110 Introduction to Theatre

TA 220 Production Participation

TA 251 Elements of Acting

 

Choose one of the following (2)

TA 244 Technical Theatre—Scenecraft

TA 245 Technical Theatre—Lighting

TA 246 Technical Theatre—Costumes

 

Choose one of the following (3-4)

TA 381 Theatre History I

TA 382 Theatre History II

TA 383 Theatre History III

TA 386 International Theatre

 

Upper-division electives in Theatre (16)