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Theatre BFA - Design/Technology Concentration - 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

Lynne Koscielniak
Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance

Dyan Burlingame
Director of Theatre BFA, Design & Technology Concentration

Veronica Sedota
Assistant to the Chair

Katie Mallinson
Academic Manager

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Theatre BFA - Design/Technology Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

Practical application of coursework is an integral part of the Theatre BFA, Design/Technology Concentration. At a minimum, BFA students must complete four practicums, which include various design and technical assignments for departmental productions. Students apply for design positions each semester; those who are assigned a production will support those practicum with mentored seminars and laboratory time. All BFA students must choose one supplemental field of study in which to complete their three additional electives, as noted in the requirements below.

Academic Advice

Theatre BFA students also maintain their place in the program through periodic evaluations and reviews by faculty members. Regularized mentorship prepares the student for graduate study or a professional career. The BFA Theatre, Design/Technology concentration is a high-credit degree that requires students to follow a specific sequence of coursework. 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.

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
TH 203 Visual Imagination*

Required Courses

TH 107 Costume Construction
TH 201 Script Analysis
TH 205 Drafting
TH 230 Theatre Crafts
TH 300 Stage Management
TH 301 World Theatre Before 1700
TH 302 Theatre in the Modern World, 1700-Present
TH 303 Scene Design*
TH 306 Costume Design*
TH 331 Problems in Tech Theatre
TH 332 Lighting Design*
Four 200/300-level TH practicums

Two courses from the following: TH 403 Scene Design 2, TH 406 Costume Design 2, TH 433 Lighting Design 2, TH 440 Study in Design or Technology, TH 496 Arts Management Internship

Two Dramatic Literature Courses

One of the following: TH 409 Mime/Movement for Actors, DAC 381 Social Dance, DAC 400 Creative Movement or TH 416 Mask

TH 401 Directing 1 or TH 485 Playwriting Workshop
TH 349 Technical Studio
TH 390 Design Resources
TH 439 Studies in Design or Technology

Three courses from the same department other than Theatre & Dance

*Please note that there is a course fee associated with introductory and advanced design courses.

Dramatic Literature Courses (choose two)

TH 220 Performing America (UB Curriculum requirement - Diversity Learning)
TH 314 Introduction to Dramaturgy
TH 315 Modern Theatre I
TH 316 Modern Theatre II
TH 325 Performance and the Critic
TH 370 Age of Shakespeare
TH 412 Devised Theatre Workshop
TH 415 Advanced Dramaturgy
TH 425 Media and Performance
TH 466 Women in Theatre
TH 468 Sources of Modern Theatre
TH 477 Production Dramaturgy
TH 482 - TH 489 Major Figures

UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Theatre BFA - Design/Technology Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major88
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 122

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