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Theatre BFA - Theatre Performance - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 10.07 DRAMATIC ARTS, CIP: 50.0501 Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General)

Department of Theatre and Dance

285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-5030

Anne Burnidge
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance

Veronica Sedota
Assistant to the Chair

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Theatre BFA - Theatre Performance Program

Academic Requirements

Practical application of coursework is an integral part of the Theatre BFA, Performance Concentration. At a minimum, BFA students perform in three faculty led productions (either musical or drama theatre show). Student productions provide a great opportunity for both directing and performance experience, but are not applicable to the performance requirement for the degree. BFA Students are required to audition each semester, but must have a 3.000 major GPA to maintain casting eligibility. Students can begin performing as early as their second semester freshman year. BFA Students are also required to complete three practicums, which include crew assignments on one of the eight departmental productions each year.

Academic Advice

Interested prospective or current students are encouraged to speak to the departmental advisor and program director to discuss their career goals and the program requirements. Students interested in the Performance concentration may wish to begin in the Theatre BA program acting sequence in order to prepare for the BFA audition and degree requirements. The Theatre BFA, Performance Concentration is a high-credit degree that requires students to follow a specific course sequence of technique training. Due to the nature of the program, students who do not follow advised sequencing or do not maintain the minimum C+ grade for major courses may delay their progress toward degree. Students are expected to meet with their departmental advisor every semester, and are also encouraged to meet with their academic advisor regularly.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the Department of Theatre & Dance should consult with the Program Director and Academic Manager in order to assess applicable coursework toward their degree. Transfer coursework is evaluated by our faculty, and requires the submission of a course syllabus as well as previous transcripts. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of technique courses based on this evaluation, which may not correspond directly to student’s academic year.

Residency Requirement

A core requirement of the Theatre BFA, Performance concentration is the students’ practical work on and in productions. As performers, students need to be in residence at UB in order to complete degree requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre w/
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 108 Basic Acting I
TH 203 Visual Imagination

Required Courses

MTR 220 Beginning Musical Theatre Dance
TH 109 Basic Acting II
TH 208 Method Acting I
TH 209 Method Acting II
TH 227 Voice Training I
TH 228 Voice Training II
TH 301 World Theatre Before 1700
TH 302 Theatre in the Modern World, 1700-Present
TH 308 Poetic Text
TH 309 Acting Shakespeare
TH 401 Directing 1
TH 408 Audition Techniques
TH 409 Mime/Movement for Actors
DAC 213 Ballet 1
DAC 263 Jazz 1
DAC 381 Social Dance
One design course (choose from TH 303 Scene Design I, TH 306 Costume Design I, or TH 332 Lighting Design I)
Three 200/300-level TH practicums
Two dramatic literature courses
Two Performance Electives
Three studio-performance courses from the following list:

Performance Electives
TH 411, 412, 413, 414 Theatre Workshop
TH 420 Intro to Lloyd Richards
TH 427 Voice & Movement
TH 460 Asian Performing Arts
TH 478 Arthur Miller
TH 480 Shakespeare On Stage
TH 481 Irish Dramatists
TH 482 Chekhov
TH 483 Ibsen

Dramatic Literature Courses
TH 220 Performing America
TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 325 Performance and the Critic II
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 425 Media and Performance
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

TH 402 Directing 2
TH 485 Playwriting Workshop

UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Theatre BFA - Performance Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major89
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 37
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 126

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:30