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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Theatre

Degree Programs

AREAS OF STUDY

Major

Students who major in theater at DU learn—then practice—what it takes to produce great theater from all areas of the playhouse.

Our program breaks down theater into its many facets—from sound design to performance aesthetics to playwriting—to prepare you for any role that contributes to bringing art to life.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THEATRE MAJORS                     

To earn your bachelor of arts in theater from DU, you must complete at least 45-quarter hours of theater courses. Choose among the following:

FIRST YEAR PRIORITIES:                                                     13 credit hours                

THEA 1861
Theatre Imagination      
- 4 credits, offered in Fall, Common Curriculum AI:2

THEA 1862      
How To Read a Play        
- 4 credits, offered in Winter, Common Curriculum AI:2

THEA 1200      
Tech Studio                       
- 1 credit, offered each qtr, COMBINED TOTAL 5 QTRS REQ (THEA 1200 + THEA 1300)

THEA 1300      
Costume Studio               
- 1 credit, offered each qtr, see preceding note

THEA 1400      
Production Studio           
- 0 credits, offered each qtr, 5 QTRS REQ, 2 qtrs must be crew

ACTING:                                                                            4 credit hours                   

THEA 2870      
Acting I 
- 4 credits, offered in Fall and in Spring , Common Curriculum AI:2

DESIGN:                                                                            4 credit hours                   

THEA 2880      
Scenic Design I                 
- 4 credits, offered in Spring, Common Curriculum AI:2

THEA 2881      
Lighting Design I              
- 4 credits, offered in Fall, Common Curriculum AI:2

THEA 2882      
Costume Design I            
- 4 credits, offered in Winter

THEA 2883      
Sound Design I   
- 4 credits, offered in alternate years (Fall), Common Curriculum AI:2

DIRECTING:                                                                       4 credit hours                   

THEA 2885      
Directing I                   
- 4 credits, offered in Winter (prereqs: THEA 1861, 1862, 2870

MANAGEMENT:                                                                  4 credit hours                   

THEA 3760      
Stage Management       
- 4 credits, offered in alternate years (Winter)

THEA 2884      
Production Mgmt           
- 4 credits, offered in alternate years (Winter)

HISTORY:                                                                          4 credit hours                   

THEA 2890      
Theatre History I         
- 4 credits, usually offered in Winter, Common Curriculum AI:2

THEA 2891      
Theatre History II        
- 4 credits, usually offered in Spring, Common Curriculum AI:2

SENIOR CAPSTONE PRODUCTION                                       4 credit hours                   

THEA 3861      
Junior Seminar                 
- 1 credit, taken Spring Quarter of Junior Year
(prereqs: THEA 2885, 1862, + any Design course)

THEA 3862      
Senior Practicum             
- 3 credits, taken Spring Quarter of Senior Year
(prereq: THEA 3861), preceded by weekly design/production meetings in Winter Quarter of Senior Year

ADVANCED STUDY                                                             8 credit hours                   

Additional THEA credit hours of the student’s choosing (2000 level or higher)

TOTAL minimum required for the MAJOR                          45 credit hours