School of the Arts Majors and Courses

  • Theatre

    Bachelor's Degree in Theatre

    Specializations:

    • Acting 
    • Musical Theatre
    • Technical Theatre
    • Theatre Studies

    A bachelor's degree in theatre at Dean College offers an excellent foundation for a career in any aspect of the theatre.

    Dean students experience a wide array of courses in acting, musical theatre, technical production, script writing, directing, teaching, and stage management, along with liberal arts classes that broaden your education.
     
    Dean presents 10 productions each year, ranging from contemporary comedies and classical plays, to musicals and the avant-garde, providing multiple opportunities to practice as an actor, singer, dancer, director, lighting/set/costume designer or stage manager.
     
    Students work closely with faculty mentors who have hands-on experience in the theatre world. Dean faculty members have won awards as performers, directors, singers, and designers.

    Course Sequence

    Theatre

    MAJOR (30 Credits) Credits
    THA 111
    Introduction to Theatre
    3
    THA 113
    Basic Performance I
    3
    THA 114
    Basic Performance II
    3
    THA 131
    Technical Production 1
    3
    THA 132
    Technical Production 2
    3
    THA 305
    Theatre Ensemble
    3
    THA 341
    Shakespeare and the Classics
    3
    THA 342
    Modern Drama
    3
    CAR 200
    The Internship Preparation Seminar
    1
    CAR 300
    The Internship Experience
    2
    THA 496
    Senior Showcase
    3
    CORE (43 Credits) Credits
    ENG 111
    Composition I
    3
    ENG 112
    Composition II
    3
    SPC 101
    Communication Fundamentals
    3
    MTH 150
    Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
    3
    BIO 180
    Human Biology
    4
    ART ELECTIVE
    Core Distribution Arts Elective
    3
    HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    Humanities Elective
    3
    NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATH ELECTIVE
    Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective
    3
    SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    Social Sciences Elective
    3
    ENG 331
    Writing for the Arts and Entertainment World
    3
    COM 327
    Applied Professional Communication
    3
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    Acting Specialization (48 Credits) Credits
    THA 233
    Acting I: Improvisation and Text Analysis
    3
    THA 234
    Acting II: Scene Study
    3
    THA 240
    Vocal Technique for the Stage
    3
    THA 245
    Dance and Movement for the Stage
    3
    THA 333
    Acting III: Acting Shakespeare and the Classics
    3
    THA 434
    Active IV: Acting for Camera
    3
    THA 315
    Acting Lab
    3
    THA 350
    Advanced Stage Combat
    3
    THA 425
    Auditioning and Interviewing
    3
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    Musical Theatre Specialization (48 Credits) Credits
    MUS 181
    Fundamentals of Music
    3
    THA 240
    Vocal Techniques for the Stage
    3
    THA 245
    Dance and Movement for the Stage
    3
    THA 233
    Acting I: Improvisation and Text Analysis
    3
    THA 234
    Acting II: Scene Study
    3
    THA 301
    American Musical Theatre Repertoire
    3
    THA 361
    Performing Musical Theatre I
    3
    THA 362
    Performing Musical Theatre II
    3
    THA 363
    Performing Musical Theatre III
    3
    THA 425
    Auditioning and Interviewing
    3
    MUS 123/124
    Applied Voice for Musical Theatre Majors
    8
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    Theatre Studies Specialization (48 Credits) Credits
    HIS 151
    World History 1 to 1500
    3
    HIS 152
    World History 2, 1500 to Present
    3
    HIS 253
    Contemporary European History (1914 to Present)
    3
    HIS 310
    The Harlem Renaissance
    3
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    HIS 311
    August Wilson and the African American 20th Century
    3
    MUS 243
    American Musical Theatre
    3
    THA 411
    Playwriting
    3
    LAS 415
    Critical Theory
    3
    THA 324
    Theatrical Staging and Direction
    3
    THA 475
    Technical Portfolio Creation and Dramaturgy
    3
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    Technical Theatre Specialization (48 Credits) Credits
    ART 102
    Survey of Studio Art
    3
    THA 231
    Basic Stage Management
    3
    THA 331
    Technical Production III: Costume and Make-Up for the Stage
    3
    THA 324
    Theatrical Staging and Direction
    3
    THA 370
    Concepts of Theatre Design
    3
    THA 475
    Technical Portfolio Creation and Dramaturgy
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    TOTAL CREDITS: 121 Credits
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