Theatre: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

For information, contact the Department of Theatre, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3053). The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. The Master of Arts in Theatre is described in the Graduate Fields of Study section of this Bulletin.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is intended for students who wish to pursue the field of theatre situated within a liberal arts tradition. The undergraduate program is committed to developing creative thinkers with artistic vision through a program that emphasizes the interplay between critical thinking and artistic practice. All courses must be taken for a grade.

Special Admission Requirements: Theatre Majors:

In addition to the general university application, you should complete a separate departmental application and arrange an audition/interview with the department. Special admission on the basis of outstanding talent is available. You can submit a department application and schedule an on-campus interview at, or call the department office at 513-529-3053. Interview materials can also be sent in by mail.

At the interview you must present two different examples of creative work you have done, whether in theatre or other related disciplines. These may include: stories, plays, creative writing, a monologue or song, pictures of three dimensional art (ceramics, sculpture, mixed media), two dimensional art you’ve created (drawing, painting, photography), biographies of characters you’ve played on the stage, character journals or process journals you’ve kept, photos of set pieces, props or costumes you’ve built, set sketches, models, renderings, drafting or mechanical drawing (hand or CAD), costume sketches, renderings, light plots and/or images of lighting you’ve designed, choreography notations, parts of prompt book, sound recordings of original compositions or effect manipulation, essays or research papers on theatre or drama, or any class project relating to theatre, digital movies you've made, web pages you've built.

At the interview, theatre faculty will discuss your interest in theatre.

Program Requirements

(128 semester hours)

Please note that courses listed in more than one category may only be used to fulfill ONE requirement.

Take all of these core courses (21 semester hours):

THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (3)*

THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance (1)*

THE 107 The Theatre Major: an Introduction to Theatre Resources and Skills (1)

THE 131 Principles of Acting (3)

THE 251 Visual Communication for the Theatre (3)

THE 291 World Stages and Performances I (3)

THE 292 World Stages and Performances II (3)

THE 301 Professional Practice in Theatre (1)

THE 341 Fundamentals of Directing (3)

* Global Miami Plan Foundation course

Choose four (4) hours in theatre technology:

THE 255 Fundamentals of Scenery Construction and Props (3) and

THE 207 Scenery and Props Lab (1) or

THE 253 Costume Fundamentals (3) and

THE 205 Costume Construction Laboratory (1) or

THE 254 Lighting Fundamentals (3) and

THE 206 Theatre Lighting Laboratory (1) or

THE 258 Scene Painting Fundamentals (3) and

THE 208 Scene Painting Laboratory (1)

Category A: Choose nine (9) hours

THE 151 Stage Makeup (1)

THE 205 Costume Construction Laboratory (1)

THE 206 Theatre Lighting Laboratory (1)

THE 207 Scenery and Props Lab (1)

THE 208 Scene Painting Laboratory (1)

THE 231 Scene Study (3)

THE 238 Playwriting Through Improvisation Techniques (3-4; maximum 4)

THE 243 Movement and Voice for Actors (3)

THE 252 Technical Production (3)

THE 254 Fundamentals of Lighting and Sound (3)

THE 255 Fundamentals of Scenery Construction and Props (3)

THE 258 Scene Painting Fundamentals (3)

THE 314 Playwriting (4)

THE 340 Internship (1-3)

THE 342 Stage Management (2)

THE 343 Speech and Dialects (3)

THE 432/532 Acting Shakespeare (3)

THE 437/537 Auditions (2)

THE 439/539 Special Techniques for the Actor (3; maximum 6)

THE 441/541 Methods/Styles of Play Directing (3)

THE 450/550 Special Topics in Theatre Design and Technology (3)

THE 451/551 Scenic Design (3)

THE 453/553 Costume Design (3)

THE 454/554 Lighting Design (3)

THE 455/555 Tutorial in Advanced Problems (1-6)

THE 456/556 Sound Design (3)

THE 465/565 Collaboration in Theatre Design & Technology (2)

Category B: Choose six (6) hours

THE 391 Modern American Theatre (3)

THE 392 Modern European Theatre (3)

THE 393 Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Issues in Dramatic Literature (3)

THE 395 The American Musical I (3)

THE 396 The American Musical II (3)

THE 491 Theatre History I (3)

THE 492 Theatre History II (3)

THE 493 American Theatre (3)

THE 494 London Theatre (3)

Complete five (5) experiences of production practicum:

THE 200 Production and Performance Practicum (1; maximum 8)

THE 400 Advanced Production and Performance Practicum (2; maximum 4)

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