Department of Theatre

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Theatre, BA

1.     Oral Communication Requirement:

To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in Theatre with an option in performance a student must successfully complete THR 486. To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in Theatre with an option in design and technology a student must successfully complete THR 487. To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.A. degree in Theatre with an option in theatre studies a student must successfully complete THR 355 or THR 486 or THR 487 or meet this requirement from another course.

2.     Applied Learning Requirement:

To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. degree in Theatre a student must successfully complete THR 110.

3.     Requirements for a Major in Theatre for the B.A. Degree:

Students must complete a core curriculum consisting of courses listed below. In addition, a student must complete one of the following options to fulfill degree requirements. In each option, a student must complete at least 18 hours of THR at the 300-400 level. Must have 24 THR hours at UNCW or through an approved study abroad program.

Total 49 hours

Additional Information:

A "C" (2.00) is required in each course counted toward the major unless noted otherwise.

Double Majors: Students who have selected a primary major in another discipline should request from the Department of Theatre chair an advisor from the option area they have selected.

 

Theatre Core (19 hours):

THR 110 Introduction to Theatre Technology
THR 125 Introduction to Design 
THR 165 Playscript Analysis for Production (WI)(IL) 
THR 230 Acting for non-Majors or THR 231 Craft of Acting I -Self Discovery and Truth (preferred for Performance majors) 
THR 242 Production Studio: 1 hour
THR 321 Theatre History I or THR 322 Theatre History II

Plus 1 of the following Theatre History/Literature classes: 3 hours

THR 309 History of Fashion,
THR 321 Theatre History I,
THR 322 Theatre History II,
THR 366 Black American Theatre,
THR 367 Women in Theatre,
THR 368 British/Irish Drama,
THR 369 American Canon,
THR 370 Theories of Theatre and Performance.

 

Theatre Studies Option: 30 hours (plus THR core 19 hours)

This option allows students to develop individualized plans of study tailored to their specific academic and professional interests as well as career goals. This is the best approach for students who wish to combine multiple subject areas. 

In addition to the core requirements, the student must complete the following.

1 of the following: 3 hours

THR 316 Playwriting I,
THR 318 Devising Theatre,
THR 355 Directing I,
THR 371 Applied Dramaturgy,
THR 380 Stage Management,
THR 381 Theatre Management

Plus 1 of the following Design: 3 hours

THR 305 Scene Design I,
THR 306 Light Design I,
THR 308 Costume Design I,
THR 310 Sound Design I

Plus 1 of the following Technology: 3 hours

THR 201 Drafting for the Theatre,
THR 202 Rendering for Stage Design,
THR 205 Stage Make-Up I,
THR 207 Costume Construction I,
THR 208 Costume Crafts I,
THR 211 Introduction to CAD,
THR 312 Scene Painting,
THR 313 Properties Design,
THR 314 Set Decorating,
THR 325 Stage Make-up II,
THR 327 Costume Construction II,
THR 328 Costume Crafts II,
THR 329 Materials and Techniques,
THR 330 Audio Engineering I,
THR 412 Production Design,
THR 430 Audio Engineering II

Plus 1 of the following Theatre History/Literature: 3 hours (must be different from Core Choices)

THR 309 Costume History,
THR 366 Black American Theatre,
THR 367 Women in Theatre,
THR 368 Contemporary British and Irish Dramatic Literature,
THR 369 The American Canon: Seminar in Dramatic Literature,
THR 370 Theories of Theatre and Performance

Plus Theatre Electives: 18 hours

18 additional hours of THR courses at the 200-400 level.

9 hours in related courses from other departments may be considered for Theatre Electives 200-400 level in consultation with your advisor and approval of Chair.

 

Performance Option: 30 hours (plus THR core 19 hours)


This option offers students pre-professional training in stage and film performance which prepares them for a pluralistic range of outcomes including professional employment in theatre, film or television, future advanced or graduate study, or skills leading to work in allied performance fields of interest.

1.      To choose this option students must meet with Chair to discuss career goals and determine if performance option is best choice to meet those goals.

2.      Audition for Faculty 

3.      Students in the performance option must apply to continue to stay in this option, in the Spring of their first year after completing THR 231, THR 301 and while enrolled in THR 302 and THR 332. The application form will be available online and sent to the Chair by March 1. Decisions will be made by March 20.

4.      Fall semester (THR 231 & THR 301) & Spring semester (THR 302 & THR 332) concurrent in first year of study in this option. Must have B or better in each of these classes to continue in the performance option. 


In addition to the THR core requirements, the student must complete the following.

Performance Core: 24 hours

THR 232 Improvisation for Theatre Majors
THR 301 Physical and Vocal Expression for the Performer I
THR 302 Physical and Vocal Expression for the Performer II
THR 318 Devising Theatre
THR 332 Acting II - Intermediate Acting
THR 333 Acting III - Introduction to Classical Technique
THR 433 Acting IV - Advanced Scene Study
THR 486 Senior Seminar: Performance

Plus 2 of the following courses: 6 hours

THR 334 AuditionTechniques for Stage and Film
THR 335 Acting for the Camera
THR 336 Shakespeare and Autism
THR 355 Directing I
THR 380 Stage Management
THR 395 Applied Studies in Theatre
THR 401 Advanced Movement
THR 402 Advanced Voice
THR 432 Acting Technique: Jacobean Theatre
THR 435 Acting for the Camera II
THR 455 Directing II
THR 495 Theatre Seminars

 

Design and Technology Option (30 hours) (plus THR core 19 hours)

Students in the production design and technology option will develop the knowledge of all aspects of design including scenic, costume, lighting and sound as well as gain the skill sets to create and realize their work. They will be given the opportunity to collaborate on productions with the assistance of the faculty.

To choose this option students must meet with Chair to discuss career goals and determine if design and technology option is best choice to meet those goals.

In addition to the core requirements, the student must complete:

Design and Technology Core: 6 hours

THR 242 Production Studio I
THR 242 (1 hour) must be taken again in addition to the THR 242 core requirement.
THR 251 Production Studio II
THR 487 Senior Seminar: Design and Technology

Plus 1 of the following Design courses: 3 hours

THR 305 Scene Design I
THR 306 Light Design I
THR 308 Costume Design I
THR 310 Sound Design I

Plus 6 of the following courses: 18 hours in consultation with Theatre advisor

THR 201 Drafting for the Theatre
THR 202 Rendering for Stage Design
THR 205 Stage Make-Up I
THR 207 Costume Construction I
THR 208 Costume Crafts I
THR 211 Introduction to CAD
THR 295 Topics in Theatre
THR 305 Scene Design I
THR 306 Light Design I
THR 308 Costume Design I
THR 309 Costume History
THR 310 Sound Design I
THR 312 Scene Painting
THR 313 Properties Design
THR 314 Set Decorating
THR 325 Stage Make-up II
THR 327 Costume Construction II
THR 328 Costume Crafts II
THR 329 Materials and Techniques
THR 330 Audio Engineering I
THR 380 Stage Management
THR 381 Theatre Management
THR 395 Applied Studies in Theatre
THR 405 Scene Design II
THR 406 Lighting Design II
THR 408 Costume Design II
THR 410 Sound Design II
THR 411 Three-Dimensional Computer Modeling
THR 412 Production Design
THR 430 Audio Engineering II
THR 495 Theatre Seminars

Plus Theatre Elective: 3 hours

Additional 3 hours of Theatre courses at the 200 - 400 level.