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The Department of Theatre Arts

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The Department of Theatre Arts



144 Fine Arts Bldg. · Box 19103 · 817-272-2650
www.uta.edu/theatre


Overview

The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Arlington is to provide a comprehensive undergraduate education through theory, practice, and research. The objectives of the department are to provide an extensive education in the theatrical profession through applied, practical experiences acquired by performance and production opportunities; to provide students an extensive application of the art, craft, and management of theatre arts; to explore the components which comprise the theatrical event and to research new theories and applications; to provide a challenging educational environment for the Theatre Arts student, characterized by shared values, unity of purpose, diversity of opinion, mutual respect, and a commitment to lifelong learning; to offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs for Theatre Arts students and to provide courses which meet the Fine Arts core curriculum requirements of the University.



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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Program

Liberal Arts Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a general background in the theatre arts and liberal arts. The B.A. allows students the opportunity, through elective course work in Theatre Arts, to tailor their degree program in interest areas the student may wish to explore. Students seeking the B.A. elect additional courses chosen from the University and Liberal Arts core curricula outside the Department of Theatre Arts.

Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the University, the aspiring undergraduate must meet the following requirements to enter the Department of Theatre Arts as a "Theater Arts Intended" student wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree:

  • Participation in advisement/interview.

To be fully accepted in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree program, all students must complete at least one semester as a "Theatre Arts Intended" student and earn a 2.25 cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at UT Arlington, and a 2.5 grade point average in all theatre courses taken at UT Arlington. Once these standards are met, the student may be declared as a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts major.

All Theatre Arts majors shall enroll in THEA 0181 (Theatre Practicum) for one hour per semester in residence in order to graduate. Eight (8) hours of THEA 0181 are required. Students should see their advisor regarding practicum obligations.

All B.A. students are encouraged to audition for each major production each semester they are enrolled, though they may choose to decline being considered for a role at the time of the audition. Production activities and Theatre Arts disciplinary rules shall be governed by a student handbook that is available to the student through the Department of Theatre Arts.

A minimum 2.25 overall grade point average is required for all courses taken at UT Arlington in order to remain in the B.A. degree program. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required for all Theatre Arts courses taken at UT Arlington in order to remain in the B.A. degree program. Students currently enrolled at UT Arlington who wish to declare Theatre Arts as a major must have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in overall coursework taken at UT Arlington in order to be admitted.

A student will be placed on departmental academic probation in the Department of Theatre Arts if her/his grade point average drops below the minimum requirements for the degree plan in which she/he are enrolled. A theatre arts student who is on academic probation is not allowed to audition for or accept an acting role or serve as a designer, stage manager, or other significant production position for any of the productions during the next regular semester they are enrolled. If after a regular semester the student's grade point average returns to at least the minimum required grade point average for her/his degree plan, then the probation is removed. However, if after a regular semester the student's grade point average does not meet the minimum required grade point average, the student may be removed from the degree program and will be advised as to other degree plan alternatives, should they exist.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers limited scholarships to deserving students. Work-study positions are also available. Contact the Department of Theatre Arts for information.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts

English

Six hours (1301 and 1302 or approved substitutes).

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, 2313 and 2314 or equivalent.

U.S. Political Science

Six hours covering U.S. and Texas constitutions (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived).

U.S. History

Six hours of U.S. History or three hours of U.S. and three hours of Texas history (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived).

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).

Natural Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Three hours from art, dance, music, architecture, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours.

Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for degree, twelve hours of which must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Theatre Arts

THEA 0181*, 1101, 1304, 1305, 1307, 1343, 2306, and FS 1300**,

Plus 24 upper-division hours including:

THEA 3300, 3309, 3315, 3318, 4303, 4304, plus six elective hours at the 3000/4000 level.

* All Theatre Arts majors shall enroll in THEA 0181 (Theatre Practicum) for one hour per semester in residence in order to graduate. Eight (8) hours of THEA 0181 are required. Students should see their advisor regarding practicum obligations. Transfer students must discuss THEA 0181 requirements with the Theatre Arts academic advisor.

**Only first year students (not transfers) are required and eligible to take FS 1300.

Total

A minimum of 120 hours, of which at least 36 must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Optional Minor in Another Discipline

B.A. Degree students may pursue a minor in another discipline after filing a statement of intent with their undergraduate advisor.

Requirements for a Minor in Theatre Arts

Students who are not majoring in Theatre Arts may elect to minor in it. Twenty-two (22) hours of theatre arts courses are required. This includes THEA 1101, 1304, 1307, 1343, 3309 plus nine (9) elective hours: a minimum of six (6) of these elective hours must be at the 3000/4000 level. Students interested in theatre arts as a minor should consult a Theatre Arts Department advisor to determine the most advantageous selection of courses in light of their interests and experience. With such consultation, departmental prerequisites may be waived for the purposes of a minor.



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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Degree Program

Liberal Arts Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a specialized, pre-professional degree that provides a background in the liberal arts with subplans in Theatre Studies, Performance, or Design and Technology. The Theatre Studies Subplan provides a comprehensive study of the theatre arts, suitable for students seeking a career in teaching, directing, dramaturgy, and/or stage management. The Performance Subplan is designed for students seeking a professional career as an actor. The Design and Technology Subplan is for students seeking a professional career as a scenic, lighting, sound or costume designer, technical director, and/or theatre technician. Students seeking the B.F.A. elect additional courses chosen from the University and Liberal Arts core curricula outside the Department of Theatre Arts.

Admission

Entering B.F.A. students are accepted into the B.F.A. degree program as B.F.A.-Intended students.

Students who enter UT Arlington as a freshman or a sophomore B.F.A.-Intended student shall be evaluated by faculty in their sophomore year as to whether they shall be fully admitted into the B.F.A. program. Students who are not admitted may seek advisement regarding the possibiliy of changing to the B.A. degree.

Students who transfer into UT Arlington and are accepted as B.F.A.-intended students must be evaluated by faculty as to whether they shall be fully admitted into the B.F.A. program. Students who are not admitted may seek advisement regarding the possibility of changing to the B.A. degree.

In addition to the requirements stated above, the aspiring undergraduate must meet the following requirements for full admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program:

  • Participation in advisement.
  • A personal interview with a designated faculty member (all students)
  • A 1,000-word written essay (Theatre Studies Subplan) or an audition (Performance Subplan) or a design / technical production portfolio review (Design and Technology Subplan). For the Theatre Studies subplan, write an 1,000-word essay about your educational and career objectives and how your experiences, and past and future training will help you to achieve those objectives. The essay should be typed or word-processed. A single pdf file should be emailed to the department's academic advisor and a hard copy also mailed to: Academic Advisor, Department of Theatre Arts, Box 19103, Arlington, TX 76019-0103.
  • A grade point average or equivalent of at least 3.0 in all Theatre Arts course work from the student's high school or transferring college.
  • Upon acceptance by the University and the Department of Theatre Arts, an indication of area of specialization (theatre studies, performance, or design and technology) is required.

All Theatre Arts majors shall enroll in THEA 0181 (Theatre Practicum) for one hour per semester in residence in order to graduate. Eight (8) hours of THEA 0181 are required. Students should see their advisor regarding practicum obligations. Transfer students must discuss THEA 0181 requirements with the Theatre Arts academic advisor.

B.F.A. Theatre Studies Subplan students are required to present a formal research poster session, or an approved equivalent, of their research project completed in the course "Theatre Studies Research" during the senior year.

B.F.A. Performance Subplan students are required to audition for each major production each semester they are enrolled and must accept roles for which they are cast, unless special permission has been obtained in advance of the audition from the Performance Subplan Chair or the Chair of the Department.

B.F.A. Design and Technology Subplan students are required to present an updated portfolio and resume of production and course work at a formal portfolio review session at the end of each semester enrolled. Upon completion of the final semester of the B.F.A. Design and Technology Subplan, students shall present their work at an exit portfolio presentation: all accumulated design and production work completed while enrolled in the B.F.A. subplan shall be presented.

Concurrent enrollment in more than one B.F.A. subplan is not allowed. A student must complete a B.F.A. subplan and graduate with that subplan before being allowed to enroll in a second B.F.A. subplan.

Students wishing to change their B.F.A. subplan from one plan to another must reapply for and be accepted by the faculty to the new subplan according to the application procedures applicable for that subplan. Students should be aware that changing B.F.A. subplans may result in additional semesters of study. Students should contact their academic advisor to obtain a new graduation date when changing subplans.

Production activities and Theatre Arts disciplinary rules shall be governed by a student handbook that is available to the student through the Department of Theatre Arts.

A minimum grade point average of 2.25 is required in overall coursework taken at UT Arlington in order to remain in the B.F.A. degree program. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for all Theatre courses taken at UT Arlington in order to remain in the B.F.A. degree program. Students currently enrolled at UT Arlington who wish to declare Theatre Arts as an intended B.F.A. major must have a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in overall coursework taken at UT Arlington, in addition to the admission requirements stated above, in order to be admitted.

A student will be placed on departmental academic probation in the Department of Theatre Arts if her/his grade point average drops below the minimum requirements for the degree plan in which she/he are enrolled. A theatre arts student who is on academic probation is not allowed to audition for or accept an acting role or serve as a designer, stage manager or other significant production position for any of the productions during the next regular semester they are enrolled. If after a regular semester the student's grade point average returns to at least the minimum required grade point average for her/his degree plan, then the probation is removed. However, if after a regular semester the student's grade point average does not meet the minimum required grade point average, the student may be removed from the degree program and will be advised as to other degree plan alternatives, should they exist.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers limited scholarships to deserving students. Work-study positions are also available. Contact the Department of Theatre Arts for information.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts

English

Six hours (1301 and 1302 or approved substitutes).

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.

U.S. Political Science

Six hours covering U.S. and Texas constitutions (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived).

U.S. History

Six hours of U.S. History or three hours of U.S. and three hours of Texas history (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived).

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).

Natural Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Six hours from art, dance, music, architecture, or theatre arts.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours.

Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for degree.

Options

B.F.A. Theatre Studies Subplan

THEA 0181*, 1101, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1307, 1343, 2306, 2352, and FS 1300**,

Plus 45 upper-division hours including:

THEA 3300, 3301, 3303 or 3306, 3305, 3309, 3315, 3318, 3320, 3340, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4342. 4343, and 4352.

B.F.A. Performance Subplan

THEA 0181*, 1101, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1307, 1343, 2306, 2337, 2352, and FS 1300**,

Plus 48 upper-division hours including:

THEA 3300, 3308, 3309, 3311, 3315, 3317, 3335, 3340, 3341, 3346, 4301, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4311, and 4340.

B.F.A. Design and Technology Subplan

THEA 0181*, 1101, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1307, 1343, 2306, and FS 1300**,

Plus 45 upper-division hours including:

THEA 3300, 3301, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3309, 3315, 3316, 3318, 4302, 4303, 4304, 4343, and 4344.

* All Theatre Arts majors shall enroll in one (1) hour per semester in residence in THEA 0181 (Theatre Practicum) in order to graduate. Eight (8) hours of THEA 0181 are required. Students should see their advisor regarding practicum obligations. Transfer students must discuss THEA 0181 requirements with the Theatre Arts advisor.

**Only first year students (not transfers) are required and eligible to take FS 1300.

Total

128 hours, of which at least 39 must be at the 3000/4000 level.



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Oral Communication Competency

Students majoring in Theatre Arts may demonstrate competency in oral communications by taking any course approved by the Undergraduate Assembly for this purpose. Alternatively, they may demonstrate this competency by passing the University proficiency examination in oral communication.



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Computer Use Competency

Students majoring in Theatre Arts may demonstrate competency in computer use by taking any course approved by the Undergraduate Assembly for this purpose. Alternatively, they may demonstrate this competency by passing the University proficiency examination in computer use.



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Teacher Certification

Students interested in Texas Teacher Certification should consult the College of Education for the most recent changes in requirements regarding admission to teacher education, completion of university programs in preparation for certification, and eligibility for certification after graduation. The Department of Theatre Arts does not offer certification courses or certification advising.



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Theatre Arts Faculty
Chair

Professor LaFontaine

Professor

A. Gaupp

Associate Professors

Chapa, Kongevick, Maher

Assistant Professors

Archibald, Healy

Senior Lecturers

B. Andrade, N. Gaupp

Specialists

Harvey, Land



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Course Descriptions

View Course Descriptions for:

Theatre Arts (THEA)



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