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The theatre major is a rigorous, ensemble-based degree program within a liberal arts setting. Students focus on all areas of theatre, including the following: acting for stage and screen, directing, design, dramaturgy, musical theatre, and technical theatre. The program promotes creativity, innovation, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and community engagement through theatre performance and production. Students learn how to communicate effectively; identify the historical periods and styles of theatre; demonstrate knowledge of and skill in aspects of technical theatre, such as costuming, lighting, set design, and construction; demonstrate skill in public performance; direct theatrical scenes or productions; and understand the role of drama in culture. The theatre major prepares students for graduate school; jobs in the arts and entertainment industry; and a variety of careers that employ experienced critical thinkers, communicators, and innovative collaborators.

Learning Outcomes

A successful theatre graduate is expected to:

  1. Apply theatre/dramatic theory to practice.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural context of theatre history.
  3. Identify knowledge of theatre/dramatic industry practices.

Curriculum Requirements

At least 18 credits in the major must be at the 3000/4000 level.

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Theatre Major Requirements (50 credits)

THEA 2020 - Acting I (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to introduce, develop and reinforce fundamental acting skills and techniques.

THEA 2030 - Play Analysis (3 credits)

Training and practice in the fundamentals of text analysis for the purposes of theatrical production. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

THEA 2060 - Technical Theatre (3 credits)

A laboratory approach to technical theatre with focus on backstage operations, crew assignments, and practical application in actual productions. 

THEA 2101 - Theatre Laboratory I (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only.

THEA 2102 - Theatre Laboratory II (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2101.

THEA 2103 - Theatre Laboratory III (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2102.

THEA 2104 - Theatre Laboratory IV (1 credit)

Participation in on or more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2103.

THEA 3050 - Costume and Makeup (3 credits)

Study of sewing, fabrics, patterns and practical application of costume construction techniques; materials and techniques for stage makeup with emphasis on practical application for theatrical production. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

THEA 3200 - Theatre History I (3 credits)

This course explores the history of theatre from the origin of performance to the Renaissance. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

THEA 3250 - Theatre History II (3 credits)

This course explores the history of theatre from the Restoration to the present. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

THEA 3500 - Production and Stage Management (3 credits)

An in-depth look at the management aspects of the theatre. The course will focus on the individual roles of stage manager and production manager and how these roles are applied in performing arts events. Prerequisites: one THEA course; and COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

THEA 4100 - Directing for the Stage (3 credits)

The history of the director, the function of the director, and the examination of theoretical viewpoint, including textual analysis, establishing group work for the director's approach to production, play selection, analysis, and patterning of auditory and visual elements of production. Directing of a one-act play. Prerequisites: THEA 2020 and completion of 60 or more credit hours. 

THEA 4930 - Senior Seminar (1 credit)

Seminar style course designed to synthesize coursework and performing experience with preparation for a professional career or graduate study in the performing arts. Course topics will include formulation of artistic philosophy, the business of the performing arts, professional development, interview/audition skills, and culminate in a final capstone performance or project. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit hours and permission of department chair.

THEA 4950 - Internship in Theatre (3 credits)

Training and practice at a professional theatre or arts venue. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and written consent of department chair.

Concentration (18 credits)

Select one of the following concentrations:

Required 9 credits:

THEA 2000 - Voice and Movement (3 credits)

Study and practice in breathing, phonation, standard speech, text analysis, scansion and cold readings, as well as kinesthetic awareness, warm-up, use of space, stage movement, stage blocking, and stage combat. 

THEA 3020 - Acting II (3 credits)

Emphasis on the development and use of techniques for in-depth research and analysis of characters for public performance. Prerequisite: THEA 2020.

THEA 3060 - Scene Design (3 credits) OR THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

THEA 3060 - Scene Design (3 credits)

A study of the fundamental principles and techniques of stage design. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

This course provides the study of advanced techniques of lighting design and sound design, including exploration of various lighting/sound boards, and design styles. Students in this course complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

THEA 1000 - The Theatre Arts (3 credits)

This course focuses on the arts of the theatre, including drama, music, dance, and play production, particularly those plays representing major theatrical trends.

THEA 1500 - Comedy and Improvisation (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the basic techniques of improvisational theatre, sketch and stand-up comedy.

THEA 2025 - Performance for Film and Television (3 credits)

This course focuses on camera performance techniques relevant to film, television, and broadcasting.

THEA 3025 - Audition Techniques (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to explore audition techniques and career planning for the professional theatre, film, and television industries. The course will focus on monologue selection and performance, cold readings, movement/dance calls, warm-ups and basic audition etiquette and protocol. Prerequisite: THEA 2020.

THEA 4900 - Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

An advanced course in a particular dramatist, period, or form of theatre. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one THEA course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

Required 9 credits:

THEA 2000 - Voice and Movement (3 credits)

Study and practice in breathing, phonation, standard speech, text analysis, scansion and cold readings, as well as kinesthetic awareness, warm-up, use of space, stage movement, stage blocking, and stage combat.

THEA 3020 - Acting II (3 credits)

Emphasis on the development and use of techniques for in-depth research and analysis of characters for public performance. Prerequisite: THEA 2020.

THEA 3060 - Scene Design (3 credits) OR THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

THEA 3060 - Scene Design (3 credits)

A study of the fundamental principles and techniques of stage design. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

This course provides the study of advanced techniques of lighting design and sound design, including exploration of various lighting/sound boards, and design styles. Students in this course complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

DANC 1400 - Jazz Dance I (3 credits)

A beginning performance-based course designed to develop an understanding of jazz dance as a technique and an art form. This class will also focus on basic anatomy and movement principles related to jazz dance. Students will be introduced to a jazz dance vocabulary and will build a strong technical foundation as preparation for more advanced jazz dance work. 

DANC 2101 - Dance Laboratory I (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only.

DANC 2102 - Dance Laboratory II (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: DANC 2101. 

MUSC 1960 - Commercial Music Theory (3 credits)

This course will introduce fundamentals of music theory including chord progressions, song forms, and harmonic techniques used in commercial music. Students will develop the foundation to write and analyze commercial music.

MUSC 2401 - Basic Applied Voice I (2 credits)

Applied studio are lessons one-on-one sessions with student and instructor designed to address and correct faults, develop the ability to perform with appropriate musical style, and synthesize musical technique for aesthetic interpretation. Registration for this class requires a private applied lesson fee. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

MUSC 2700 - Musical Theatre Performance I (2 credits)

A course which includes studio training in the techniques, repertoire, and business acumen required for the musical theatre professions. Prerequisite: MUSC 1200 or MUSC 1500 or MUSC 1800 or THEA 2020. 

MUSC 3701 - Advanced Musical Theatre Performance I (2 credits)

A course which includes advanced studio training in the techniques, repertoire, and business acumen required for the musical theatre profession. Prerequisite: MUSC 2700. 

THEA 3025 - Audition Techniques (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to explore audition techniques and career planning for the professional theatre, film, and television industries. The course will focus on monologue selection and performance, cold readings, movement/dance calls, warm-ups and basic audition etiquette and protocol. Prerequisite: THEA 2020. 

THEA 4900 - Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

An advanced course in a particular dramatist, period, or form of theatre. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one THEA course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

Required 9 credits:

THEA 1000 - The Theatre Arts (3 credits)

This course focuses on the arts of the theatre, including drama, music, dance, and play production, particularly those plays representing major theatrical trends.

THEA 3060 - Scene Design (3 credits)

A study of the fundamental principles and techniques of stage design. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

This course provides the study of advanced techniques of lighting design and sound design, including exploration of various lighting/sound boards, and design styles. Students in this course complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite: THEA 2060. 

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 1200 - Introduction to Drawing (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the development of drawing and observational skills. Students will learn to effectively use various studio materials and drawing techniques while representing form and space on a two-dimensional plane. 

ARTS 2410 - Graphic Design I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to graphic design. The computer is introduced as a graphic design problem-solving tool. Students will use current industry-standard software and technology to create designs based on graphic design principles. Through various assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of the personal computer while exploring the visual language of text, image and digital design. The course will familiarize students with basic aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues as they relate to design.

ARTS 2600 - Introduction to Arts Administration (3 credits)

This course introduces basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices relating to organizations in the arts industry. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of the arts industry, leadership in the arts industry, staffing, volunteerism, fundraising, and intellectual property. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

MUSC 2600 - Music Production I (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the use of computers in music production and music notation. Basic software and concepts in music technology will be explored and applied. Sources, selection, evaluation, creation, and implementation of electronic media for the musician will be covered in this course.

THEA 4900 - Special Topics in Theatre (3 credits)

An advanced course in a particular dramatist, period, or form of theatre. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one THEA course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

Required 6 credits:

FILM 2000 - Introduction to Film (3 credits)

This course focuses on the arts of the theatre, including drama, music, dance, and play production, particularly those plays representing major theatrical trends.

THEA 2025 - Performance for Film and Television (3 credits)

This course focuses on camera performance techniques relevant to film, television, and broadcasting.

Select 12 credits from the following courses:

COMM 2500 - Introduction to Video Editing (3 credits)

This course provides students hands-on opportunities to learn the art and craft of digital video editing through the use of various software programs.

COMM 2800 - Introduction to Field Video Production (3 credits)

This course offers an introduction to electronic field production equipment and techniques for various types of microphones, cameras, and editing equipment, including portable field camera set-up, operation, transportation, and maintenance video editing, lighting, scripting, media aesthetics, and logistics. Students will learn how to produce top-quality audio and video footage using shoot preparation, direction, and production techniques. Students will develop both their creative and technical skills by engaging in a combination of production exercises, projects, readings, and critiques.

COMM 3800 - Advanced Field Video Production (3 credits)

This course offers instruction in advanced electronic field production techniques, including scripting, lighting, portable field audio and video recording equipment operation, directing, and video editing. Students will master advanced creative, production, and aesthetic skills through a combination of readings, production exercises, individual and ensemble projects, and portfolio development. As television is a labor-intensive medium, students should expect to spend considerable time outside of class to complete the assignments. Prerequisite: COMM 2800.

FILM 3060 - Film Noir (3 credits)

This course focuses on film noir, a series of films from the 1940's and 1950's that share characteristics of complex narrative, expressionistic photography, alienated characters, and psychological themes. Emphasis will also be on the study of the way these films were influenced by social, political, and economic factors of the time. Prerequisite: one FILM course, and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

FILM 4000 - History of Film (3 credits)

This course focuses on the history of film, from the silent era to the modern, digital era. Emphasis will be on the technological developments of film science, and the historical and social contexts that influenced the production of film over the last century. Prerequisites: one FILM course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

FILM 4500 - Major Directors (3 credits)

This course examines the life and work of a major film director from a variety of critical perspectives and using a variety of films. Directors that may be focused on include Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen. Prerequisites: one FILM course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

THEA 1500 - Comedy and Improvisation (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the basic techniques of improvisational theatre, sketch and stand-up comedy.

THEA 3025 - Audition Techniques (3 credits)

A performance-oriented course designed to explore audition techniques and career planning for the professional theatre, film, and television industries. The course will focus on monologue selection and performance, cold readings, movement/dance calls, warm-ups and basic audition etiquette and protocol. Prerequisite: THEA 2020.

THEA 3070 - Lighting and Sound Design (3 credits)

This course provides the study of advanced techniques of lighting design and sound design, including exploration of various lighting/sound boards, and design styles. Students in this course complete a lab component that focuses on practical applications. Prerequisite: THEA 2060.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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