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Theatre Arts: Theatre Design & Technology (Technical Production Option) - BFA


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Caine College of the Arts

Department of Theatre Arts

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  • For more information about Theatre Arts, see the department website.
  • Following is a sample four-year plan. Please note that student-specific plans may differ.
  • Admitted students must meet with an advisor. Current students should also meet with an advisor and log on to Degree Works  to check student-specific program progress.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits 120

 

Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA
Credits of C- or better 100 Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above) 40
Total USU Credits 30 Upper-division USU Credits 20
USU Credits within the Major 10 Credits in Minor (if required) 12
Credits in Major see below Credits in American Institutions 3
General Education Requirements   see link University Studies Depth Requirements   see link
NOTES: The highest math requirement for this degree is the Quantitative Literacy (QL)  of the student’s choice, although MATH 1050: College Algebra (QL)  is recommended.

 

Admissions Requirements

Major Expectations: Students are expected to develop proper attitudes, habits, work standards and professionalism to move on to graduate studies or directly into the professional world of theatre.

Admission Requirements: Students are admitted through separate application, portfolio review, and interview with program faculty. Acceptance is competitive and not guaranteed.

 

Minimum Grade Accepted: B- in all courses for major

Minimum GPA for Admission and Graduation: 2.75

First Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

THEA 1033: Beginning Acting (BCA)   3   Core Course THEA 1713: Playscript Analysis (BHU)   3   Core Course
THEA 1513: Stagecraft (BCA)   3  

Core Course

Breadth Creative Arts

THEA 2203: Costume Construction and Technology   3  

Core Course

ENGL 1010: Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose (CL1)    3   General Education THEA 2510: Scene Painting   3   Emphasis Course
Quantitative Literacy (QL) Course    4 MATH 1050  preferred

Math Placement  
THEA 2555: Production Practicum   1   Run Crew
Breadth American Institutions (BAI)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)   3

 General Education

ENGL 2010: Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode (CL2)   3   General Education
      Breadth American Institutions (BAI)  or Breadth Social Sciences (BSS)   3 General Education
Total Recommended Credits: 16   Total Recommended Credits: 16  
Comments
Comments

Second Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

THEA 1223: Stage Makeup   2  

Emphasis Course

THEA 2500: Drafting for Theatre I   3   Emphasis Course
THEA 2555: Production Practicum   1   Practicum Requirement THEA 2530: Theatre and Studio Sound   3   Emphasis Course

THEA 2570: Theatre Props and Crafts  

3   Emphasis Course THEA 2540: Lighting Design I    3   Emphasis Course
THEA 2575: Production Projects   1  

Production Assignment

THEA 2555: Production Practicum   1   Practicum Requirement
THEA 2610: Directing I   3   Core Course THEA 2575: Production Projects   1   Production Assignment
Breadth Life Sciences (BLS)  Course  3

General Education

TEE 2300: Electronic Fundamentals (QI)   4  

Recommended Cognate Elective

Breadth Physical Sciences (BPS)  Course  3

General Education

   

 

Total Recommended Credits: 16   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
Comments
Comments

Third Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

THEA 2555: Production Practicum   1   Practicum Requirement THEA 2550: Stage Management   3   Emphasis Course
THEA 2575: Production Projects   1   Production Assignment

THEA 2555: Production Practicum 

 
1   Practicum Requirement
THEA 3500: Drafting for Theatre II   3   Emphasis Course THEA 2560: Scene Design I   3  

Emphasis Course

THEA 4540: Lighting Design II   3   Emphasis Course THEA 3720: Theatre History and Literature II (CI/DHA)   3  

General Education

Depth Course

CI Course

THEA 3710: Theatre History and Literature I (CI/DHA)   3  

General Education

Depth Course

CI Course

THEA 4555: Production Assignments   2  

Production Assignment

TEE 3050: Computer Systems and Networking   3   Recommended Cognate Elective Depth Social Sciences (DSS)  or Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)  Course 3 Depth Education
Total Recommended Credits: 14   Total Recommended Credits: 15  
Comments
General Electives are used to meet the university requirement of 120 total credits. These may be any courses, including additional theatre courses.
Comments
General Electives are used to meet the university requirement of 120 total credits. These may be any courses, including additional theatre courses.

Fourth Year

 Fall Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

 

Spring Semester

Credits

General Education Info and Notes:

THEA 2555: Production Practicum   1   Practicum Requirement THEA 4555: Production Assignments   2   Production Assignment

THEA 4555: Production Assignments  

 
2   Production Assignment THEA 5910: Capstone Project   2   Core Course
THEA 5960: Special Topics in Theatre Production   2   Emphasis Course Literature/History Elective (upper-division) 3 Core Course
Theatre Elective (upper-division) 3 Elective Course Theatre Elective (upper-division) 3 Elective Course
Depth Social Sciences (DSS) Course  or Depth Life and Physical Sciences (DSC) Course   3 Depth Education General Elective (upper-division) 4  
General Elective 3        
Total Recommended Credits: 14   Total Recommended Credits: 14  
Comments
General Electives are used to meet the university requirement of 120 total credits. These may be any courses, including additional theatre courses.
Comments
General Electives are used to meet the university requirement of 120 total credits. These may be any courses, including additional theatre courses.
  • Minimum GPA for Admission:  2.75 overall 
  • Minimum GPA for continuance in the program and for graduation:  2.75
  • Minimum grade accepted in all major courses:  B-
  • Major requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis unless only offered as pass/fail

Departmental Requirements:

  • Freshman and sophomore students usher for each department production they are not involved in as actor or run crew.
  • Attend production strikes as assigned. Strike crew calls are posted during performance week.

Required Theatre Arts Core Courses (21 credits)


Required Theatre Arts courses for all emphases and concentrations in the Department of Theatre Arts except those with an Acting emphasis. Acting students have a slight modification in their required core.

Theatre Practicum Requirement (6 credits)


  • 1 credit(s) Take a total of 6 credits of production practicum.
  • Note: Students may take Run Crew before completing THEA 1513  and THEA 2203  

    • Register for Practicum in the following areas:  
      • Costume (1 credit)
      • Lighting/Sound (1 credit)
      • Paint & Props (1 credit)
      • Scenic (1 credit)
      • Run Crew (1 credit)

Required Production Assignments (9 credits)


All design/tech students apply for production assignments in December/January for the following academic year. Assignments are made by the design/tech faculty. These assignments are in addition to the practicum requirement (THEA 2555 ) and are completed outside of practicum work hours.

  • 1 credit(s) (3 credits required)
  • Students complete a total of 3 projects. Working with their advisor, students choose from the following options based on their interests: Board Op, Spot Op, Prop Assistant, Paint Assistant, Asst. Master Electrician.

  • 2 credit(s) (6 credits required)
  • Students complete a total of 3 assignments. Working with their advisor, students choose from the following options based on their interests: Master Electrician, Audio Engineer, Asst. Stage Manager, Asst. Technical Director, Design Assistant, Prop Master, Scenic Charge.

Technical Production Emphasis Courses (11 credits)


Required Theatre Electives (4-6 credits)


Select 2 courses minimum.

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