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Theatre

Department of Theatre and Dance

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a program specifically designed for students whose certain interests and abilities strongly suggest the potential for pursuing careers as artists in the resident, professional, community, or academic theatre.

To expand the student's creative powers and deepen the commitment to a vocation in the theatre, the B.F.A. program offers the student (1) a basic probing of all the arts and crafts of the theatre and dance; (2) an exploration in depth of one area of special interest; (3) the opportunity to participate creatively as a theatre or dance artist through extensive production experience.

Three concentrations are offered: (1) Performance with an emphasis in Acting or Dance, (2) Musical Theatre, and (3) Design and Technical Production. A Dance minor is offered. Students entering the B.F.A. program will elect one of these three concentrations. The University of Memphis is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Admission and Retention Criteria: Admission to the concentration in Performance with an emphasis in Acting or Musical Theatre is by audition. Admission to the concentration in Design and Technical Production is by interview.  Admission to the concentration in Performance with an emphasis in dance is by application only. To remain in good standing as a major in Theatre and Dance, the student must be evaluated through the evaluation and interview, or portfolio and interview process. Following their examination and interview, or portfolio and interview, applicants will be notified as to whether they have been accepted into the program, accepted for one more semester on a probationary basis, or advised to pursue another degree.

(1) Performance (with an emphasis in Acting): Retention in the Performance concentration is based on a required annual examination and interview. In addition to the interview, the student is expected to present an audition package consisting of two contrasting monologues from plays of distinctly different styles or periods, and depending on the student's preference, 16-32 bars of a song. The duration of material to be presented willl vary based on the student's standing in the program and is at the discretion of the faculty.

(2) Performance (with an emphsis in Dance): Retention is based on recommendation of dance faculty.

(3) Musical Theatre: Retention in the Musical Theatre concentration is based on a required annual examination and interview. In addition to the interview, the student is expected to present an audition package consisting of monologues from plays, songs from the musical theatre canon, and a demonstration of dance styles specific to the genre. The duration of material to be presented will vary based on the student's standing in the program and is at the discretion of the faculty.

(4) Design and Technical Production: Retention in the Design and Technical Production concentration is based on an annual required portfolio review and interview. In addition to the interview, the student is expected to present a portfolio of artistic and production work. This may consist of items including photographs, sketches, costume plates, elevations, lighting plots, ground plans, and audio designs.

The fact must be emphasized that admission to the B.F.A curriculum does not imply a student's permanent tenure in the program. Beyond the audition interview or portfolio review, the student's active participation in the co-curricular activities of the department will be assessed by the theatre and dance faculty. Artistic growth, development of technical facility, and continuing commitment to creative excellence on the part of the student will be evaluated. Permission to continue in the program will be based on this evaluation.

Former B.F.A. students who have left the program for a fall or spring term must apply for readmission to the department. A new audition or interview may be required at the discretion of the faculty. The readmission process is not required if the absence is approved by the area coordinator and the department chair in advance.

Internship (THEA 4541): The intent of this requirement and course is to provide the student experience in a full-time theatre production situation. Off-campus participation (usually following the junior year) is an essential element of the B.F.A. program. Details are to be planned in advance in conference with the student's advisor.

Transfer of Credit: In certain cases students may be admitted to an advanced level of the B.F.A. program. Such admission will be based upon a departmental advisor's evaluation of previous course work and theatre experience. Even if admitted to an advanced standing, the student will be required to remedy previous course deficiencies.

Advising: Upon application to the B.F.A. program, each student will be assigned a faculty advisor. For this degree, 120 semester hours are required for graduation. A minimum grade of "C-" is required in all departmental courses applicable to the major. The student must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for all courses completed in the major.

Theatre Major (B.F.A.)

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Note that DANC 3101, THEA 1030 and THEA 4549 will satisfy the General Education Humanities requirement. However, a minimum grade of "C-" is required in all departmental courses applicable to the major.

B. The Major (79 hours)

1. Major Core (11 hours)

Completion of THEA 1561 or 2511, 2531, 2 hours of THEA 3601-3609, and 4541. While not listed within the previous course numbers, please note that DANC 3101 and THEA 4549 are Major core courses that are used to satisfy a Humanities/Fine Arts General Education requirement. Transfer students who have completed the Humanities/Fine Arts requirements and have not taken DANC 3101 or THEA 4549, must do so as a department elective.

2. Concentrations (68 hours)

a. Performance (with an emphsis in Acting): THEA 2501, 2532, 3212, 3213, 3412, 3505, 3506, 3531, 3532, 3551, 2 hours from THEA 3601-3609, 4457, 4551, 4582, 4591,  remaining courses are acting emphasis electives (15) and free electives (9) approved by the student’s advisor.

b. Performance (with an emphasis in Dance): THEA 2501, 3412, DANC 2101, 2825, 3201, 3829, 4101, 4201, 4202, 4402, 4404, remaining courses are dance and acting emphasis electives (12) and free electives (5) approved the student's advisor.

c. Musical Theatre: THEA 2501, 2503, 2532, four hours of 3200, 3212, 3213, 3531, 3551, 2 hours from THEA 3601-3609, 4220, 4223, 4224, 4548, 4551, 4582, 4591, remaining courses are Dance elective (12) and free electives (10) approved by the student's advisor.

d. Design and Technical Production: THEA 1561 or 2511 (whichever is not taken as part of the Major Core), 2512, 3511 or 3515, 3561, 3562; two hours from 3601-3609, 4551, 4554, 4582, 4558, 4591; two courses from among 4555, 4556, 4557, 4595; two courses from among 4561, 4562, 4563, 4596; remaining credits (22) are Design and Technical Studio courses, other department courses, or non-department electives approved by the student's advisor.

Theatre Minor

Any student wishing to minor in a theatre concentration - Performance, Musical Theatre, or Design/Technical - should see the administrative secretary who will assign an advisor. The minor must consist of a minimum of 18 hours of approved coursework, 9 of which must be upper division. Coursework for all minors will be determined by the student in conference with the advisor.

Dance Minor

Any student wishing to minor in Dance should see the administrative secretary  who will assign an advisor. The minor must consist of a minimum of 18 hours of approved coursework, 9 of which must be upper division. Coursework for all minors will be determined by the student in conference with the advisor.

Typical 4-Year Design and Technical Production Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
History* 3 History* 3
THEA 1030 3 THEA 1561 3
THEA 3601-9 1 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 2511 3 THEA 2512 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Sophomore Year

Natural Science* 4 Elective 4
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 COMM 2381 3
Elective 3 THEA 4 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 THEA 2531 3
THEA 3561 3 THEA 3511 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   15 hrs

Junior Year

THEA 45xx** 3 THEA 45xx** 3
THEA 4554 3 THEA 4558 3
THEA 3562 3 THEA 4591 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 3601-9 1    
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   13 hrs

Senior Year

THEA 45xx** 3 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 4551 3 THEA 4591 3
Elective 1 THEA 45xx** 3
Natural Science 3 Elective 3
THEA 4541 3 Elective 3
THEA 3601-9 1    
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   13 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Technology course A or B/ Design Studio A or B

Typical 4-Year Performance  (with an emphasis in Acting) Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3 Natural Science* 4
History* 3 History* 3
THEA 1030 3 THEA 2531 3
THEA 3601-9 1 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 2511 or 1561 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences * 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   17 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2381 3
THEA 3212 3 THEA 3505 3
THEA 2501 3 THEA 3213 3
THEA 2532 3 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 3601-9 1 THEA 3531 3
THEA 3412 3 THEA 4582
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

THEA 3551 3 Elective 3
Social Sciences* 3 THEA 3506 3
THEA 3532 3 Elective 3
THEA 4557 3 THEA 4549 3
Elective 3    
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   12 hrs

Senior Year

Elective 3 Elective 3
Natural Science* 4 Elective 3
THEA 4551 3 THEA 4591 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
THEA 4541 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   12 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Performance (with an emphasis in Dance) Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
Social Science* 3 Social Science* 3
DANC 1151 3 DANC Elective 3
DANC Elective 3 THEA 2531 3
THEA 2511 or 1561 3 THEA 3601-09 1
THEA 3601-09 1 MUS 1030  
       
Semester Totals 16   16
       

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or2202 3 COMM 2381 3
DANC Elective 3 History* 3
DANC 2101 3 MATH* 3
DANC 4201 3 DANC 2827 3
THEA 2501 3 DANC 4202 3
       
Semester Totals 15   15
       

Junior Year

DANC 2825 3 Natural Science* 4
DANC 3101 3 DANC 2825 3
DANC 3829 3 DANC 3829 3
DANC 4101 3 DANC 4402 3
THEA 3412 3    
       
Semester Totals 15   13
       

Senior Year

History* 3 Natural Science* 4
DANC 2825 3 DANC 2825 3
DANC 3201 3 DANC 3829 3
DANC 3829 3 DANC 4404 3
THEA 4541 3 Elecive 3
       
Semester Totals 15   15
       

 

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Musical Theatre Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
THEA 4224 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
THEA 2503 3 MATH* 3
THEA 1030 3 THEA 2531 3
THEA 2501 1 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 2511 or 1561 3 History * 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 History* 3
THEA 3212 3 THEA 3200 1
DANC (Ballet) 3 DANC (Ballet)  
THEA 2532 3 THEA 3213 3
THEA 3601-9 1 THEA 3531 3
THEA 3200 1 COMM 2381 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

THEA 3200 1 THEA 3200 1
DANC 3826 3 DANC 3827 3
THEA 3601-9 1 THEA 3601-9 1
THEA 4220 3 THEA 4223 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
THEA 3551 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   14 hrs

Senior Year

Elective 3 Elective 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
THEA 4551 3 THEA 4591 3
THEA 4541 3 THEA 4548 3
THEA 4582 3 THEA 4549 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs
Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement