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Theatre and Dance

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to providing a comprehensive course of study that balances theory and practice within a sound liberal arts education. Because of the collaborative nature of these disciplines, our students gain practical experience in all facets of production and critical engagement. As artists and teachers, our primary focus is to encourage and guide our students as they experience and question the world through theatre and dance.

The Theatre and Dance major gives students the opportunity to specialize in Acting, Directing, Design and Technical Theatre, and Dance. The Acting and Directing concentrations offer advanced performance work, with core course sequences and a wide variety of individual courses in specialized areas. The Design and Technical Theatre concentration allows students to study design and theatre technology within the framework of both theoretical and practical courses, using the sophisticated facilities of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond as a laboratory. The Dance option focuses primarily on modern dance technique and theory, choreography, dance history, and performance.

The ideal graduate of the Theatre and Dance program will be well prepared for a lifetime of appreciation, participation, and further study in these Performing Arts.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement for Students with Majors in the School of Arts and Humanities.

THEATRE AND DANCE (TAD) REQUIREMENTS

A major in Theatre and Dance must fulfill the core requirements and all of the requirements for one of the specializations within the Theatre Arts Option or the Dance Option.

Integrative Studies Opportunities for Theatre and Dance

  • IATAD 100 Theatre: The Art of Imagination
  • IATAD 102 Acting: Identity and the Creative Process
  • IATAD 113 Dance as a Way of Knowing
  • IATAD 370 Playwriting
  • IATAD 372 Arts Management: Organizations and Entrepreneurship
  • IATAD 374 Arts Management: Marketing, Development, and Communication 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

49-51 credits minimum

TAD Core Courses

15 credits

IATAD 102 Acting: Identity and the Creative Process
TAD 123 Scene Shop Lab (1 credit)
TAD 124 Costume Lab (1 credit)
TAD 397 Production Process (1 credit)

Select one of the following:

  • TAD 112 Modern Dance/Composition I
  • IATAD 113 Dance as a Way of Knowing

Select one of the following:

  • TAD 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • TAD 162 Design for the Performing Arts 
  • Theatre Arts Option

    Acting Specialization

    36 credits

    TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
    TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
    TAD 205 Theatre Movement
    TAD 206 Acting: Scene Study
    TAD 282 Voice and Diction
    TAD 301 Acting: Character Development
    TAD 490 Advanced Special Topics
    TAD 398 Performance Process (4 credits required)
    TAD 491 Advanced Acting/Directing Performance Process

    Directing Specialization

    36 credits

    TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
    TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
    TAD 206 Acting: Scene Study
    TAD 227 Stage Management
    TAD 303 Directing
    IATAD 370 Playwriting
    TAD 490 Advanced Special Topics
    TAD 491 Advanced Acting/Directing Performance Process

    Select one of the following design courses:

    • TAD 361 Scenic Design
    • TAD 362 Lighting Design
    • TAD 363 Costume Design

    Design and Technical Theatre Specialization

    40 credits

    TAD 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre or TAD 162 Design for the Performing Arts (Whichever was not taken in the Core)

    TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
    TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
    TAD 223 Theatre Technology Workshop (2 credits repeatable)
    TAD 224 Theatrical Design Studio (2 credits repeatable)

    An additional 2 credits in either Technology Workshop or Design Studio

    TAD 265 Rendering for the Theatre
    TAD 361 Scenic Design
    TAD 362 Lighting Design
    TAD 363 Costume Design
    TAD 397 Production Process (only 1 credit required)
    TAD 398 Performance Process (only 1 credit required)
    TAD 493 Design/Technical Portfolio

  • Dance Option

    The requirements and number of credits needed for each of the three specializations within this option are listed separately.

    Choreography and Performance Specialization

    34 credits

    TAD 235 Dance History
    TAD 318 Research in Choreography 
    TAD 398 Performance Process (2 credits)
    TAD 495 Modern Dance Seminar

    Select 20 credits from the following:

    • TAD 212 Modern Dance/Composition II May be repeated once for credit.)
    • TAD 217 Ballet/Experiential Anatomy
    • TAD 311 Modern Dance/Composition III (May be repeated once for credit.)
    • TAD 312 Modern Dance/Composition IV (May be repeated once for credit.)
    • TAD 411 Modern Dance/Composition V (May be repeated once for credit.)
    • TAD 412 Modern Dance/Composition VI (Senior majors or with permission of instructor.)

    ELECTIVES

    Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

    DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    120 credits

    Dance Education Specialization

    34 credits

    This TAD major specialization is appropriate as a second major for students completing the Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development options in the Education major. However, an Education major is not required.

    TAD 212 Modern Dance/Composition II (May be repeated once for credit.)
    TAD 216 Jazz Dance
    TAD 217 Ballet/Experiential Anatomy
    TAD 235 Dance History
    TAD 312 Modern Dance/Composition IV (May be repeated once for credit.)
    TAD 318 Research in Choreography (May be repeated once for credit.)
    TAD 398 Performance Process (2 credits)
    TAD 412 Modern Dance/Composition VI (Senior majors or with permission of instructor.)

    4 credits from the following:

    TAD 496 Dance Education Practicum 1 (2 credits) (May be repeated for credit.)
    TAD 497 Dance Education Practicum 2 (2 credits) (May be repeated for credit.)

    Students in TAD 496 and TAD 497 Practicum must complete both Primary level and Intermediate level.

    ELECTIVES

    Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

    DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    (for a B.A.)

    120 credits

    DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    (for a B.S., in combination with an education major)

    139 credits

    Dance Education Specialization/Dual Degree

    36 credits

    This specialization, in conjunction with Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development, leads to two degrees, a B.A. in TAD and a B.S. in Education, totaling 144 credits. In addition to certification in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development, it also leads to certification in K-12 Dance Education, but requires three internships and may require an additional term.

    TAD 212 Modern Dance/Composition II 
    TAD 216 Jazz Dance
    TAD 217 Ballet/Experiential Anatomy
    TAD 235 Dance History
    TAD 312 Modern Dance/Composition IV 
    TAD 318 Research in Choreography 
    TAD 398 Performance Process (2 credits)
    TAD 412 Modern Dance/Composition VI (Senior majors or with permission of instructor.)

    Six credits from:

    • TAD 496 Dance Education Practicum 1 (2 credits) (May be repeated for credit.)
    • TAD 497 Dance Education Practicum 2 (2 credits) (May be repeated for credit.)

    Students in TAD 496 and TAD 497 Practicum must complete all three levels, Primary level, Intermediate level, and also complete Middle School level. 

    ELECTIVES

    Select courses to reach a total of 144 credits for the degree.

    DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    144 credits