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Theatre and Dance

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts, Education, and Culture

The Department of Theatre and Dance provides a comprehensive course of study that integrates theory and training within a liberal arts framework. Our core requirements immediately involve students in the practice of collaboration, critical thinking, and creative projects.

Students can specialize in Acting, Directing, Design and Technical Theatre, Dance Education or Choreography and Performance. Each specialization provides numerous opportunities for interconnection between dance and theatre. Our dynamic curriculum ensures student development as an artist/scholar and cultivates an environment that fosters open inquiry, student engagement, and artistic excellence.

Our graduates are working professionals, artists, and educators who believe in the power of performance to change our world. We believe in inclusiveness and do not require auditions for placement in the program. Second-semester sophomores are required to participate in a Mid-level Review.

Mid-Level Review

Admission to the program does not require an audition, but all Theatre and Dance majors must complete a Mid-Level Review before entering their junior year. The Review usually takes place in the fourth semester or the completion of 24 credits of major requirements. The Mid-Level Review consists of enrollment in TAD 292, and the presentation of a portfolio of work that illustrates student growth and progression towards the realization of program learning objectives and outcomes. Each student portfolio requires specific specialization-based artifact, as well as a resume, transcripts, and a personal statement. Students will present portfolio materials for their faculty committee members followed by an interview.

The purpose of the Mid-Level Review is to assess student’s academic and artistic progress. Also, students identify personal goals and the faculty provides guidance and support to aid student success.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Optional Integrative Studies Opportunities for Theatre and Dance majors:

  • 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

Language Requirement

Each student must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English as specified by the Language Requirement.

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. Theatre with Education Specialization is designed specifically for and available only to Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development Education majors.

Major Requirements

47-55 credits minimum

TAD Core Courses

19 credits

TAD 105 Foundations
TAD 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre
TAD 123 Scene Shop Lab (1 credit)
TAD 124 Costume Lab (1 credit)
TAD 140 Voice and Movement
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

Theatre Arts Option

Acting Specialization

28 credits

TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
TAD 250 Beginning Acting (3 credits)
TAD 255 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 1 (1 credit)
TAD 292 Mid-Level Review (0 credits)
TAD 350 Intermediate Acting (3 credits)
TAD 355 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 2 (1 credit)
TAD 398 Performance Process
TAD 450 Advanced Acting (3 credits)
TAD 455 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 3 (1 credit)
TAD 492 Capstone

Directing Specialization

33 credits

TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
TAD 250 Beginning Acting (3 credits)
TAD 255 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement (1 credit)
TAD 292 Mid-Level Review (0 credits)
TAD 350 Intermediate Acting (3 credits)
TAD 355 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 2 (1 credit)
TAD 398 Performing Process (1 credit)
TAD 460 Directing 1 (3 credits)
TAD 465 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 4 (1 credit)
TAD 470 Directing 2 (3 credits)
TAD 475 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 5 (1 credit)
TAD 492 Capstone

Select one of the following design courses and labs (4 credits):

  • TAD 361 Scenic Design and TAD 371 Scenic Design Lab
  • TAD 362 Lighting Design and TAD 371 Lighting Design Lab
  • TAD 363 Costume Design and TAD 371 Costume Design Lab

Design and Technical Theatre Specialization

33 credits

TAD 223 Theatre Technology Workshop
TAD 224 Theatrical Design Studio
TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
TAD 292 Mid-Level Review
TAD 361 Scenic Design (3 credits)
TAD 362 Lighting Design (3 credits)
TAD 363 Costume Design (3 credits)
TAD 371 Scenic Design Lab (1 credit)
TAD 372 Lighting Design Lab (1 credit)
TAD 373 Costume Design Lab (1 credit)
TAD 398 Performance Process (1 credit)
TAD 492 Capstone

Theatre and Education Specialization

24 credits

Note: For Elementary Education or Early Childhood Development Majors only.

TAD 231 Theatre History/Literature I
TAD 232 Theatre History/Literature II
TAD 250 Beginning Acting (3 credits)
TAD 255 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 1 (1 credit)
TAD 292 Mid-Level Review
TAD 350 Intermediate Acting (3 credits)
TAD 355 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 2 (1 credit)
TAD 460 Directing 1 (3 credits)
TAD 465 Ensemble, Voice, and Movement 4 (1 credit)

Select one of the following design courses and labs (4 credits)

  • TAD 361 Scenic Design and TAD 371 Scenic Design Lab
  • TAD 362 Lighting Design and TAD 372 Lighting Design Lab
  • TAD 363 Costume Design and TAD 373 Costume Design Lab

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 292 Mid-Level Review (0 credits)
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 292 Mid-Level Review (0 credits)
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.)

Four 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

(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 292 Mid-Level Review (0 credits)
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