BA/BS in Theater Arts Requirements

Undergraduate majors in Theater Arts are expected to acquire basic skills in performance and production, dramatic literature, and theater history. These basic skills are developed in the core requirements. The remaining credits are met through a selected option, performance, design/production, or theater studies, which provides for flexibility and allows a student to specialize in an area of interest.

THEATER Advising notes for 2014 – 2015

TA111/114 will be offered Fall, Winter and Spring

TA 112/115 will not be offered 2014 -2015

            Substitute TA199 instead (this will be offered all 3 terms)

TA 316 will not be offered 2014 – 2015

For graduating seniors, this will be substituted with a by-arrangement course with Professor Bruce Keller.

Requirements for a Major in Theater Arts

TA 111, 112 Technical Theater I and II (6)
TA 114, 115 Technical Theater Production I, II (2)
TA 248 Acting I: Process (4)
TA 252 Stage Makeup (2)
TA 301 Script Analysis (4)
TA 311 Scene Design I (4)
TA 316 Technical Theater Lab  (2)
TA 321 Intro to Costume Design (4)
TA 454 Directing I (4)
TA 464, 465 Development of Dramatic Art I, II (8)
12 credits chosen from the following:
     TA 330, TA 467, TA 468, TA 469, TA 471, TA 472
4 credits chosen from the following:
     TA 333, 334, 335, and/or 336 Workshop Theater II with a maximum of 2 credits in any one. (Workshop credits in excess of this maximum may be used to satisfy elective and general requirements)
12 elective credits from the theater arts curriculum with at least 6 carrying numbers 300 or above

Total 68

In previous years we had accepted only a passing grade in the Freshman and Sophomore classes. We now require a minimum grade of C. Any course taken with a grade of C- or lower must to repeated to be included in the major.

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling major requirements. Additional courses may be required as prerequisites. All courses used to satisfy the major requirements must be graded C or above.

Degree Maps

Majors who start their college career at PSU should follow the Early Declare Pathway to graduation in consultation with a COTA or Theater Arts advisor: BA/BS Degree Map

Majors who have completed the AA degree and/or enter PSU with 90 transfer credits should follow the Transfer Pathway to graduation in consultation with her/his Theater Arts advisor: BA/BS Transfer Pathway

Student Handbook

2011-12 Student Handbook
This handbook has been designed by Theater faculty and students to provide detailed information about the programs, policies, procedures, expectations, and opportunities in the School of Theatre and Film.

Degree Options

In fulfilling the 12-hour elective requirement, the theater arts major, depending on area of interest and career aspirations, will select one of three options:

  • theater studies option
  • performance option
  • design/production option

Theater Studies

The student who chooses the theater studies option should select 12 elective credits from the theater arts curriculum with at least 12 credits carry numbers 300 or above.

Performance

The student who chooses the performance option should select from the following recommended courses:

Voice for the Actor I (3)
Movement for the Actor (3)
Improvisational Acting I (3)
Acting II, Acting III, Advanced Acting (16)
Acting for the Camera (4)
Acting II, Acting III, Advanced Acting (16)
Voice for the Actor II (3)
Stage Dialects (4)
Directing II (4)

Design/Production

The student who wants to focus on the design/production option should select from the recommended courses in one of the three tracks: scenography, lighting, or costume.

Recommended courses in the scenography track include:
TA 312 Scene Painting (3)
TA 313 Scene Design II (3)
TA 314 Lighting Design I (3)
TA 317 Theater Technologies (2)
TA 414 History of Decor (4)

Recommended courses in the lighting track include:
TA 313 Scene Design II (3)
TA 314 Lighting Design I (3)
TA 317 Theater Technologies (2)
TA 408 Workshop (2)
TA 435 Lighting Design II (3)
TA 472 Theater History: Appia/Craig (4)

Recommended courses in the costume track include:
TA 325 Costume Construction (4)
TA 326 Pattern Development (4)
TA 421 Costume Design (3)
TA 425, 426 History of Dress I and II (8)