INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
Majors and Minors in Theatre
The Department of Theatre & Dance offers a B.A. in Theatre and a B.F.A. in Performing Arts. The B.F.A. requires that you also choose a concentration in one of four area of expertise: Acting, Directing, Music Theatre or Theatre Design and Technology. We offer minors in Theatre, Music Theatre and Performing Arts Administration.
What's the difference between the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Performing Arts?
Our B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Theatre is a traditional Liberal Arts degree, designed to provide a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre while leaving some flexibility to pursue your own particular interests. You will need to combine it with a minor, or even a second major. Our B.A. in Theatre does not require an audition, and is most appropriate for students who want the freedom to explore during their undergraduate years. B.A. Theatre students will often combine their degree with a major or minor in Film, Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, or Performing Arts Administration. But really, you can combine your B.A. in Theatre with almost any other major or minor at Western. How about a Pre-Med second major? It's possible!
Our B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is a pre-professional degree. It involves rigorous, conservatory-style training intended to hone your skills for entry into the professional world of the performing arts. Our B.F.A. involves both a broad introduction to all aspects of theatre and concentrated training in one of four separate areas: Acting, Directing, Music Theatre, or Theatre Design and Technology. Admission into the B.F.A. in Performing Arts is by audition/interview in the third semester. Until accepted into the B.F.A. interested student are classified as "seeking admission."
Both degrees are designed to prepare students for further studies at the graduate and/or professional level.
General Education Theatre Courses
The Department of Theatre & Dance offers multiple sections of THEA 151: Theatre Appreciation which can be used to fulfill general education requirements. PERF 105: Taiji is also offered for general education in the category of Health and Wellness.
Honors Theatre Courses
Each semester we offer honors sections of a number of our Theatre classes. Past offerings have included Theatre Appreciation, Acting II, World Theatre History I & II, Musical Theatre History and Repertoire, Fundamentals of Theatre, Contemporary Performance, and Advanced Performing Arts Studio.
Want to know more? Contact us anytime and we'll set up an appointment with one of our faculty members.
Seniors Chris Callahan and Sterling Franklin in Macbeth, Fall 2010.