Theatre, B.A.

Xavier University's Theatre program combines practical experiences and professional collaborations with a rigorous and diverse curriculum. In addition to a strong foundation of theatre courses, the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre offers students the opportunity to focus in either the area of performance or design and technology. The program prepares students for professional experience outside of Xavier by fostering a practical, cross-cultural and student-oriented curriculum.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Major Requirements:

  • 53 credit hours, as follows:

Theatre Foundation Courses, 32 credit hours:

  • THTR 100 - Introduction to the Theatre (3)
  • THTR 110 - Survey of Dramatic Literature (2)
  • THTR 120- Acting I (3)
  • THTR 150 - Stagecraft (3)
  • THTR 198/199 - Theatre Technology/Performance Workshop * (5)
  • THTR 201- Theatre History I (3)
  • THTR 202 -Theatre History II (3)
  • THTR 210 - Script Analysis (3)
  • THTR 310 - Directing (3)
  • THTR 350 - Internship (1)
  • THTR 450 - Senior Thesis (3)

* Students must take at least one each of 198 and 199

Theatre Performance/Production Courses, 15 credit hours:

  • THTR 121 - Voice and Movement (3)
  • THTR 160 - Improvisation (3)
  • THTR 220 - The Audition Process ** (3)
  • THTR 430 - Acting II (3)
  • THTR 330 - Set Design (3)
  • THTR 331 - Lighting Design (3)
  • THTR 332 - Costume Design (3)
  • THTR 340 - Stage Management (3)
  • THTR 420 - Acting III (3)
  • THTR 430 - Theatre Portfolio ** (3)

** Students must take either THTR 220 or 430

Theatre Electives, 6 credit hours:

  • COMM 210 - Art of Film
  • COMM 235 - Desktop Imaging
  • ENGL 425 - Shakespeare
  • ENGL 472 - Modern Drama
  • MUSC 100 - Basic Music Theory
  • MUSC 158 - Ballet I
  • MUSC 159 - Ballet II
  • MUSC 160 - Ballet Intermediate/Advanced
  • MUSC 250 - Private Lesson: Alex Tech
  • MUSC 282 - Private Lesson: Voice

Additional Requirements:

  • Present justification for Senior Thesis - must be approved by department faculty,
  • Pass a comprehensive theatre exam during the spring semester of senior year.
  • Participation in at least one regional audition/interview event (SETC, UPTA, etc.). Event must be approved by faculty.
  • Production attendance for all shows in which not cast or holding a technical position.
  • Attendance at 20 professional productions.
  • Audition or submit technical application for all departmental productions.
  • A 3.000 cumulative average must be attained in the theatre major.
  • Students are required to have regular advising meetings with their theatre department advisor.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours

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