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Theatre BA - 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 14620-5030

Lynne Koscielniak
Chair, Department of Theatre/Dance

Meredith Conti, PhD
Director of Theatre BA

Vincent O'Neill
Director of Thetare BFA, Theatre & Performance Concentration

Veronica Sedota
Assistant to the Chair

Katie Mallinson
Academic Manager

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Theatre BA Program

Academic Requirements

Theatre BA students tailor their requirements to their area of study, primarily acting, design & technology, or literature/directing. Students must complete their core requirements in order to advance to upper level electives. Upper level electives must come from the Department of Theatre & Dance (Dance or Music Theatre classes are not applicable).

Academic Advice

Prospective students are encouraged to speak to the departmental advisor and program director to discuss their career goals and the program requirements. Since the Theatre BA encompasses all fields of Theatre (acting, design & technology, directing/literature), students are also encouraged to speak to the Area Directors of their concentration. Many courses, especially at the upper level, have pre-requisites or must be taken in sequence, so it’s important to track requirements and speak with an advisor to assure progress toward your degree. 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. BA students are eligible for casting and design positions with our departmental productions.

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.

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

Required Courses

TH 201 Script Analysis
TH 203 Visual Imagination
TH 301 World Theatre Before 1700
TH 302 Theatre in the Modern World, 1700-Present

One design course:
TH 303 Scene Design, OR TH 306 Costume Design, OR TH 332 Lighting Design I
A total of 24 additional credits to include the following:

  • Two dramatic literature courses (min. 6 credits)
  • Courses in one area of concentration: acting, directing, dramaturgy, design/tech, or dramatic literature and writing (min. 9 credits)
  • At least 15 credits should be taken at 300-level or above
  • Two 200/300-level TH practicums


TH 107 Costume Construction
TH 109 Basic Acting
TH 205 Drafting
TH 208 Method Acting
TH 209 Method Acting 2
TH 212 Improv for Storytellers
TH 220 Performing America (Gen. Ed requirement- Diversity Learning)
TH 227 Voice I
TH 228 Voice 2
TH 230 Theatre Crafts
TH 300 Stage Management
TH 303 Scene Design
TH 306 Costume Design
TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 325 Performance and the Critic
TH 331 Problems in Technical Theatre
TH 332 Lighting Design
TH 341 Theatre Studio
TH 342 Theatre Studio
TH 343 Theatre Studio
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 401 Directing 1
TH 402 Directing 2
TH 403 Scene Design 2
TH 406 Costume Design 2
TH 411 Theatre Workshop
TH 412 Theatre Workshop
TH 413 Theatre Workshop
TH 415 Advanced Dramaturgy
TH 421 Devised Theatre
TH 425 Media and Performance
TH 433 Lighting Design 2
TH 439 Design Seminar
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre (theories of acting, directing, and design)
TH 477 Production Dramaturgy
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Theatre BA degree
Credits Required for Major51
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 29
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

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: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:45