The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
Get ready for the spotlight, because the master instructors who have made Dean a regional power in the study of performance arts have created a 4-year program that is truly a showstopper. Dean has an outstanding reputation in the arts, offering associate degrees in Theatre and Musical Theatre, and baccalaureate degrees in Dance as well as Arts & Entertainment Management. Building on that success, we are proud to raise the curtain on the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. This unique program is focused on tailoring your stage and screen education toward your career goals. Do you intend to perform? Work behind the scenes? Teach? Manage a theatre company? Our award-winning faculty of working professionals believes their mission is to harness a student’s passion and provide the practical skills necessary for their future. Performance and theory are taught simultaneously, including instructional techniques, entrepreneurial skills and hands-on stagecraft experience every semester. Coursework focuses on the key areas of acting, directing, script writing, theatre management, technical production and teaching. The result is an education that promotes the synergy between the craft and business of one’s art to build a sustainable career.
Through the course of study in the Bachelor's Degree in Theatre, students will be provided the opportunity to learn how to:
• think conceptually and critically about text, performance, and production in order to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.
• explain playwriting and production/performance processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
• discuss a wide selection of performance industry repertoire, including the principal eras, genres, as well as cultural and commercial sources.
• understand procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.
• exhibit, through craft and technique, intermediate to advanced competencies in concept and performance in theatre.
• demonstrate a knowledge of teaching theatre.
• demonstrate through reflective, analytical and conceptual writing an understanding of the discipline of theatre.