A Scene from LADY M

Plan of Study & Road Maps

Below are the minimum requirements for the BA degree in Theatre Arts.
A complete list of courses offered is at University General Catalog.


Production Lab Requirement
Major Requirement Guidelines
General Education Requirements
Road Maps within the Theatre Arts Department
Music/Theatre Double Major


Theatre Arts Major Requirements

Core Courses:

049:025 (THTR:2140)  Acting I - 3 semester hours 

049:044 (THTR:2215)  Introduction: Theatrical Production Technology - 3 semester hours
049:060 (THTR:2402)  Performance Analysis - 3 semester hours
049:112 (THTR:2410)  History of Theatre and Drama I - 3 semester hours
049:113 (THTR:2411)  History of Theatre and Drama II - 3 semester hours

Design Requirement - 3 semester hours.  Choose one of the following: 

  • 049:043 (THTR:2200) Elements of Design
  • 049:134 (THTR:3230) Scene Design I
  • 049:135 (THTR:3240) Costume Design I
  • 049:136 (THTR:3250) Lighting Design I

Dramatic Literature Requirement - 3 semester hours.  Choose one of the following: 

  • 049:050 (THTR:1410) Musical Theatre
  • 049:072 (THTR:3287) Shakespeare
  • 049:080 (THTR:2405) Staging Americans
  • 049:114 (THTR:3421) Performing Autobiography
  • 049:116 (THTR:4420) Dramatic Theory
  • 049:117 (THTR:3440) American Drama Since 1900
  • 049:118 (THTR:4401) American Women Plawrights
  • 049:119 (THTR:4402) Dramas of the Spirit
  • 049:164 (THTR:4410) Shakespeare the Dramatist
  • 049:177 (THTR:4630) London Performance Study
  • 049:181 (THTR:3276) Medieval Drama
  • 049:182 (THTR:3403) Freestyle Writing
  • 049:183 (THTR:4413) Black Feminist Tradition & Culture
  • 049:184 (THTR:3277) English Renaissance Drama
  • 049:185 (THTR:3415) Cultural Diversity & Identity
  • 049:186 (THTR:3462) African American Drama
  • 049:188 (THTR:3420) Sex and Gender in Performance
  • 049:190 (THTR:3410) African American Theatre I
  • 049:191 (THTR:3411) African American Theatre II
  • 049:193 (THTR:4403) Studies in Drama

Production Lab Requirement - 3 semester hours from the following (all are repeatable):

049:045:001 (THTR:2220:0001)  Production Lab: Run Crew - 1 or 2 semester hours
049:045:002 (THTR:2220:0002)  Production Lab: Crew Chief - 2 semester hours
049:045:033 (THTR:2220:0003)  Production Lab: Electrics - 1 or 2 semester hours

Optional production courses: With the instructor’s approval, students enrolled in any one of the following courses may also enroll in and receive credit for 049:045 (THTR:2220) simultaneously, thereby completing one semester hour of required production courses. No more than a total of 1 s.h. of production courses may be completed in this manner.

049:147 (THTR:3221)  Technical Production I - 3 semester hours
049:148 (THTR:3222)  Technical Production: Special
 Topics - 3 semester hours
049:132 (THTR:3501)  Stage Management I - 3 semester hours

Advanced Theatre Arts courses - 6 semester hours:

Choose from Playwriting I or any course numbered 100 and above

One of these capstone courses:

049:130 (THTR:4180)  Directing I - 3 semester hours
049:172 (THTR:4690)  Senior Seminar - 3 semester hours

Total required semester hours: 33

Electives

You may take as many hours in Theatre Arts as you wish, and all will be included on your transcripts. However, only 50 hours will count toward the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours for CLAS.

Maximum Total: 50 semester hours

Rehearsal for Ondine

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Major Requirement Guidelines

It is strongly recommended that Design and Technical Theatre Requirements, Playscript Analysis, and Acting I be taken as soon as possible. They are prerequisites to many courses.

If you take 049:002 (THTR:1400) or 049:003 (THTR:1401) before declaring the major, you may substitute 049:002 (THTR:1400) for 049:112 (THTR:2410) or 049:003 (THTR:1401) for 049:113 (THTR:2411). The other course in the History of Theatre and Drama sequence must be taken at the 100 level. If you take both 049:002 (THTR:1400) and 049:003 (THTR:1401) before declaring the major will be required to complete a research paper. Contact instructor of History of Theatre and Drama for details and approval, Kim Marra.

General Education Requirements

For Gen Ed Requirements, see the Degree Evaluation on Iowa Student Information Services (aka ISIS), an online tool that allows you to view information including your class schedule, grades, financial aid, admission profile, tuition and fees, and university bill.

Majors are also strongly encouraged to choose courses other than 049:001 (THTR:1010) Art of the Theatre to satisfy the General Education Requirement in Humanities. Only 3 Theatre Arts courses can be counted as General Education credits. Majors are encouraged to take as broad a range of courses as possible in the arts, humanities, languages, and social sciences.

Graduation with Honors

Theatre majors with a minimum GPA of 3.33 are encouraged to apply for the Theatre Arts Honor Program.

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Road Maps within the Theatre Arts Department

 

Undergraduate Theatre Arts majors are required to take 33 semester hours of classes drawn from every field of theatre. Two electives are included in this total. That leaves room for several more theatre electives, if you wish to take them.

If you decide to focus on a specific field, such as acting, the “road maps” below can help guide you as you choose your courses. The roadmaps also include a loose schedule that can help you complete as many of your desired courses as possible. These schedules are only guides, though. We encourage you to develop the program of study that is best for you.  We also encourage you to meet with your advisor regularly. Every Theatre Arts faculty and staff member is happy to help you at any time.

 


 

Acting
Design
Directing
Dramaturgy
Playwriting
Stage Management
Music/Theatre Double Major


Road Map: Acting

1st Year

  • Acting I
  • Theatre Movement (Prerequisite: Acting I)
  • Performance Analysis

2nd Year

  • Voice for the Actor (Prerequisite: Acting I)
  • Acting II (Prerequisite: Acting I)
  • Advanced Acting* (Prerequisite: Acting II and advanced acting audition)
  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • Theatre Production Technology
  • Production Lab

3rd Year

  • Advanced Acting* (Prerequisite: Acting II and advanced acting audition)
  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • Dramatic Literature Requirement
  • Voice, Text, and the Actor (Prerequisite: Voice for the Actor)
  • Production Lab

4th Year

  • Advanced Acting* (Prerequisite: Acting II and advanced acting audition)
  • Movement Styles (Prerequisite: Theatre Movement)
  • Design Requirement
  • Directing I or Senior Seminar (Prerequisites for Directing: Acting I, Performance Analysis, and Design Requirement)
  • Production Lab

*  Advanced Acting classes rotate every semester and include: Meisner, Shakespeare, Movement Styles, and Grotowski.

Undergraduate students are eligible to audition for shows starting their first semester. Opportunities include Readings, Workshops, Galleries, the New Play Festival, and Mainstage series of productions.

The Hinkler Sisters in rehearsal for Ondine

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Road Map: Design

1st Year

  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • Theatre Production Technology
  • Performance Analysis

2nd Year

  • Production Lab / Run Crew (1 s.h.)
  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • One or two of the Design I courses: Costume, Lighting or Scenic Design
  • One of the Design II courses:Costume, Lighting or Scenic Design

3rd Year

  • Production Lab / Advanced Run Crew (2 s.h.)
  • Projects in Theatre
  • Acting I
  • If interested, one of these courses: Costume, Lighting or Scenic Design III; Entertainment Design
  • If interested, one of these courses: Sound Design, Computer Visualization, Costume Crafts/Special Topics

4th Year

  • Projects in Theatre
  • Dramatic Literature Requirement
  • Directing I
  • Web Design

All courses are 3 semester hours (s.h.), unless noted; 40 – 49 total s.h. is recommended.

Practical Design opportunities are available to undergraduates for every semester of their studies; opportunities as a designer or assistant designer for productions in our Gallery and Mainstage Season, as well as our annual New Play Festival.

Scenery from Lady M

Road Map: Directing

1st Year

  • Acting I
  • Performance Analysis
  • Theatre Production Technology

2nd Year

  • History of Theatre and Drama I and II
  • Production Lab (1 s.h.)
  • Design I (1 course)
  • Dramatic Literature (1 course)

3rd Year

  • Acting II (Prerequisite: Acting I)
  • Directing I (Prerequisites: Acting I, Performance Analysis, and Design Requirement)
  • Advanced level acting course(s)
  • Production Lab (2 s.h.)
  • Design course(s)

4th Year

  • Directing II (or Independent Study, or Projects in Theatre)
  • Stage Combat
  • Useful Theatre Arts electives (may be taken at any time available):
    • Voice for the Actor, Movement for the Actor, Stage Management, Arts Management

Practical directing opportunities for undergraduates include the Undergraduate Directors’ Festival, Readings, Workshop or Gallery Productions (usually in the junior or senior year); also recommended: stage managing or assistant directing when possible.

Script Notes

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Road Map: Dramaturgy/History/Literature

1st Year

  • Performance Analysis
  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • Playwriting 1

2nd Year

  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • Acting I
  • Dramatic Literature course *
  • Theatrical Production Technology or Elements of Design
  • Production Lab

3rd Year

  • Dramatic Literature - 2 courses
  • Theatrical Production Technology or Elements of Design
  • Dramaturgy or Independent Study in Dramaturgy
  • Production Lab

4th Year

  • Dramatic Literature - 1 or 2 courses
  • Directing I (Prerequisites: Acting I, Performance Analysis, and Design Requirement)
  • Projects in Theatre (Gallery Production)
  • Independent Study or Honors Project
  • Production Lab

* Dramatic Literature courses:
New Theatre Arts Shakespeare, Dramatic Theory, American Drama since 1900, American Women Playwrights, Dramas of the Spirit, English Renaissance Drama, Studies in Drama (topics vary), African American Drama, Culturally Diverse Theatre

Preshow of Lady M

Road Map: Playwriting

1st Year

  • Playwriting I
  • Performance Analysis
  • Acting I

2nd Year

  • Playwriting II (Prerequisite: Playwriting I)
  • History of Theatre & Drama I
  • History of Theatre & Drama II
  • Theatrical Production Technology or Elements of Design
  • Production Lab

3rd Year

  • Two of the following:  Advanced Playwriting, Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop, Creative Writing Program PW course, Performing Autobiography
  • Dramatic Literature Elective (examples below)
  • Theatrical Production Technology or Elements of Design
  • Production Lab

4th Year

  • Two of the following:  Advanced Playwriting, Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop, Creative Writing Program PW course
  • Independent Study or Projects in Theatre (Gallery Production)
  • Directing I (Prerequisites: Acting I, Performance Analysis, and Design Requirement)
  • Production Lab

Other courses of interest:
New Theatre Arts Shakespeare course, Dramatic Theory, American Drama since 1900, American Women Playwrights, Dramas of the Spirit, English Renaissance Drama, Studies in Drama (topics vary), African American Drama, Culturally Diverse Theatre

Theatre students interested in playwriting should begin with PW 1 and 2. Having completed at least one of those courses, they are encouraged to take Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop (every spring), Advanced Playwriting (every other fall), and the Undergraduate Creative Writing Track (UCWT, in the Department of English) playwriting course (both semesters, every other year).

Year A  (2012-13)
Playwriting 1, 2 
Advanced Playwriting (fall)
Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop (spring)

Year B  (2013-14)
Playwriting 1, 2
Undergraduate Creative Writing Track Playwriting Intensive (both terms)
Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop (spring)
 
Playwriting students may present readings, workshops or Gallery productions of their plays. They may also present their work in the annual Ten Minute Play Festival. Selections from undergraduate plays are also performed as part of the New Play Festival.
 

Rehearsal for All that Shines

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Road Map: Stage Management

1st Year

  • Stage Management
  • Performance Analysis
  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II

2nd Year

  • Theatrical Production Technology
  • Stage Management II
  • History of Theatre & Drama I or II
  • Production Lab Crew (1 s.h.)    

3rd Year

  • Design (Stage Managers are often best served by Lighting Design)
  • Acting I
  • Directing I (Prerequisites: Acting I, Performance Analysis, and Design Requirement)
  • Production Lab Crew (2 s.h.)

4th Year

  • Theatre Major Capstone: Senior Seminar or Directing (if unable to take in Third Year)
  • Dramatic Literature

 

Stage Management opportunities are available to undergraduates for every semester of their studies. Opportunities include Readings, Workshops, Galleries, the New Play Festival, Entrepreneurship projects, and the Mainstage series of productions.