Theatre Arts BA

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

General Education Requirements

All Theatre Arts majors must satisfy the University and College of Arts and Sciences' 42-hour General Education core requirements, which include ENGL 1100 and the Math proficiency requirement.

Junior-level writing class is required.

The Cultural Diversity requirements may be satisfied by General Education courses or lower-or upper-level courses in various departments.

State Government/History graduation requirements may be satisfied by General Education courses or by other lower-or upper-level courses in various departments.

13 hours of a foreign language.

Degree Requirements

Theatre Arts majors must choose an emphasis area within the Department of Theatre and Cinema Arts. They may choose from the following options:  Acting/Directing, Design, Playwriting/Screenwriting, and Cinema.  Each student must complete the required core courses as well as the requirements for each emphasis area. At least 24 hours in the major must be taken at UMSL and must include 6 hours at the 2000 or higher level and 9 hours at the 3000 or higher level. All courses required for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to be accepted, and the overall total grade point average must be at least 2.0 to graduate. To be eligible to participate in Internship classes, each student must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0

In addition to the major’s required core curriculum and emphasis area requirements, all students must participate in the Department’s productions through their required credit hours in practicum each semester.

Required Core Courses for all Theatre Arts Majors

THEATR 1070Introduction to Cinema3
THEATR 1210Fundamentals Of Acting3
THEATR 1800Introduction to Theatre (MOTR THEA 100A)3
THEATR 1900Introduction to Theatre Technology3
THEATR 1910Introduction to Theatrical Design3
Total Hours15

Emphasis in Acting/Directing

In addition to the required Theatre Arts core curriculum, students must complete the following:

THEATR 1600Voice Ad Diction/Vocal Performance3
THEATR 2300Stage Management3
THEATR 2810History of World Theatre and Drama Through the Restoration3
THEATR 2820History Of World Theatre & Drama from 18Th C To Contemporary Time3
THEATR 3257Makeup for Theatrical Productions2
THEATR 3399Stage Combat3
THEATR 4900Senior Project3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Directing
Ensemble Acting
Select four of the following:12
Acting for the Camera
THEATR 2112
THEATR 3210
THEATR 3211
THEATR 3218
Directing for the Camera
Directing for the Theatre
Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances
Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories
Practicum 116
Practicum in Performance Studies
Advanced Practicum in Performance Studies
Total Hours51

Emphasis in Cinema

In addition to required Theatre Arts core curriculum, students must complete the following:

THEATR 1080Introduction to World Cinema3
THEATR 2271History of American Film3
THEATR 3070International Cinema3
Select two of the following:6
Contemporary Cinema
Survey of Film Genres
African-American Cinema
Documentary Film
Senior Project
Select five of the following:15
Entertainment Economics: The Movie Industry
Media Production I
Video Production I
Introduction to Digital Multimedia Production
Live Events Media
Audio Recording for Live Production
Acting for the Camera
Directing for the Camera
THEATR 4271
Feature Film Post Production
Practicum 110
Practicum in Performance Studies
Advanced Practicum in Performance Studies
Theatre Internship
Total Hours40

Emphasis in Playwriting/Screenwriting

In addition to the required Theatre Arts core curriculum, students must complete the following:

THEATR 3305Writing for Performance3
THEATR 2214Screenwriting3
THEATR 3362Storytelling3
THEATR 3380
THEATR 4270Feature Film Writing3
THEATR 2112
THEATR 2244Introduction to Directing3
THEATR 2810History of World Theatre and Drama Through the Restoration3
THEATR 2820History Of World Theatre & Drama from 18Th C To Contemporary Time3
THEATR 4900Senior Project3
Select two of the following:6
Fiction Writing Jumpstart
Feature Writing
Novels into Films: The Nineteenth Century
Stage Management
Practicum 110
Practicum in Performance Studies
Advanced Practicum in Performance Studies
Total Hours40