Bachelor of Theater (BA)

Bachelor of Theater (BA)

School of Social and Human Studies

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Core Courses and Topics in Theater:

Theatre Forum
Textual Analysis for Production
Costume Crafts
Costume Theatre Performance
History of Theatre
Technical Theatre Performance
Lighting for Stage/Television
Movement for Actors
Musical Theatre
Acting for Television
Voice for Performance


Orientation Courses:

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Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
Organization Theory (Portfolio)
Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
Seminar Administrative Development (Book Summary)
Seminar Cultural Development (Practical Experience)
Seminar International Development (Publications)

Research Project in Theater:

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Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Publication: Each Bachelor of Theater graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Career Center Bachelor of Theater

Job Description
There are lots of different things you can do with a theater degree. Most people think that theater degrees are only for acting and directing, but besides that you can take the performance experience and work in hundreds of different positions ranging from a dialect coach to a politician. For steady and profitable work, anyone interested in being a theater major should look at being a major with a technical degree. You can be anything from a designer to a milliner, as well as many other positions

Skills for Success

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Communication: (written/oral): Ability to verbalize, write, listen, give presentations, facilitate discussions, and share knowledge effectively
Technical: Ability to appropriately apply technology and effectively use major software and the web to accomplish a given task; ability to apply computing skills to solve problems
Leadership: Ability to lead, gather resources, coach and allow others to lead
Teamwork/Collaboration: Ability to work effectively with others and to collabora
te successfully; to be able to work with diverse teams, negotiate and manage conflicts
Interpersonal: Ability to relate to colleagues and customers, inspire others, resolve conflict, be tactful, understand cultures, and show diplomacy

Professional Associations

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International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA)
International Theatre Institute (ITI)
League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT)

Resources and Tools

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Back Stage – The Actor’s Resource
Cinemarquee – Theatre

Employment Opportunities

You can easily find employment with regional theaters, touring companies, theme parks, cruise ships, and roadhouses. Though film/television and live entertainment are very different industries, a degree in theater can provide a good foundation for either.