College of Fine Arts


B.F.A. in Theatre

Program Purpose

The mission of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre is to promote the growth and preparation of students as professional theatre artists who think critically and creatively, and who actively promote theatre. The Theatre B.F.A. prepares students to study further at the graduate level, or to begin their careers as theatre professionals. The program builds intensive applied technical training in a particular performance or production area upon a solid foundation in the history, literature, theory, contributions, and possibilities of theatre, as well as a broad program of general studies outside of theatre. Ultimately, the curriculum emphasizes intensive concentration upon a single segment or specialization.

Learning Outcomes

  • To explore what theatre is--its historical origins and evolution, cultural sources, socio-political power, popular appeal, and how it compares with related performance modes--so that students can apply that knowledge to their professional lives.
  • To explore how theatre is made--its component parts and structural elements, including script, new-script development, production design, directing, and performance, and how these both affect and are shaped by aesthetic and cultural environments--so that students can apply that knowledge to their working practices.
  • To explore how theatre is received and experienced--its aesthetic properties, how audiences respond and have responded, and the range and methods of popular and scholarly critical analysis--so that students can apply that knowledge to the creative work that they produce.
  • Students will have a work process that will sustain them in their professional lives in a performance- or production-related area.
  • Students will enhance their creative decision making processes through a broad knowledge base of the basics of all areas of theatrical production, as well as with theatre history, dramatic literature, and dramatic theory.
  • Students will develop skills and knowledge in theatre to help them function as employable, curious, engaged, trained professionals.
  • Students will be able to articulate persuasive, creative, and informed responses to theatrical production and dramatic literature--both verbally and in writing.