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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

Anne Burnidge
Chair, Department of Theatre/Dance

Lindsay Brandon Hunter, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Theatre BA

Melissa Berg
Academic Manager

Veronica Sedota
Assistant to the Chair

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 department's Academic Manager 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 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 from the following list:

A total of 24 additional credits to include the following:


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: Oct 13, 2020 13:06:15