Students whose goal is to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at CSU with a concentration in Performance will be students who have the ability, aptitude, and stamina to pursue a program of study intended to provide rigorous professional training for a career as a performing artist within the context of a liberal arts curriculum, either as a professional actor or as a creative collaborator with the strong interpersonal communication and group problem-solving skills essential to success in the public sector. This course of study will provide student actors with core physical and vocal technique and a variety of approaches to the acting process from which they may glean their own approach to building a character.

This program of study emphasizes both the theoretical and the practical aspects of theatre as an art form and as a commercial industry, and trains well-rounded, responsible theatre artists who value ensemble and collaboration within an artistic community.

Students who complete the Performance concentration will be well prepared to enter the competitive professional field for which they have trained as well-rounded, renaissance artists and technicians. They will learn practical industry skills as well as conceptual techniques and begin to develop an artist’s aesthetic and worldview. Through real-time production experiences, they will learn to think on their feet and adapt to the rapid-paced, high-energy career in the performing arts. Along with their diplomas, students will graduate with the confidence, skills, portfolios, and industry connections they need to pursue professional careers or seek appointments with graduate level programs.

Effective Fall 2016

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select two courses from the following: 6
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)3B 
TH 150Introduction to Performance 3
TH 151Acting I 3
TH 161Technical Theatre: Stagecraft 3
TH 186Theatre Practicum I 1
TH 192Theatre Freshman Seminar 3
Mathematics1B3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
CO 301AWriting in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)23
TH 241Text Analysis for the Theatre 3
TH 242Theatre History I 3
TH 243Theatre History II 3
TH 250Voice and Movement for the Stage 3
TH 251Acting II 3
TH 286Theatre Practicum II 1
TH 255Directing Workshop 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
Elective 3
 Total Credits 32
Junior
 
TH 350Classical Text 3
Select one course from the following:1 3
Dramaturgy Protocol Seminar  
Playwright's Workshop4A 
Select one course from the following: 3
Acting III4A 
Directing Seminar4A 
TH 386Theatre Practicum III 1
TH 4002Theatre Production Workshop 1
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Elective 12
 Total Credits 29
Senior
 
TH 4002Theatre Production Workshop 2
TH 4501Professional Actor Preparation4B3
TH 4511Advanced Topics in Acting 3
TH 471Capstone in Theatre Practice4C3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives3 14
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisite. 

2

TH 400 should be taken 3 times, 1 credit each course taken.

3

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
TH 150Introduction to PerformanceX  3
TH 186Theatre Practicum IX  1
TH 192Theatre Freshman SeminarX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)  3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)  3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)  3B 
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 151Acting IX  3
TH 161Technical Theatre: StagecraftX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)  3B 
Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)  3B 
Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)  3B 
MathematicsX 1B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 301AWriting in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  23
TH 241Text Analysis for the TheatreX  3
TH 242Theatre History IX  3
TH 251Acting IIX  3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
 Total Credits   16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 243Theatre History IIX  3
TH 250Voice and Movement for the Stage   3
TH 255Directing Workshop   3
TH 286Theatre Practicum IIX  1
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 386Theatre Practicum III   1
Select one course from the following:X  3
Dramaturgy Protocol Seminar    
Playwright's Workshop  4A 
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Electives   6
CO 301A must be completed by the end of Semester 5.    
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 350Classical Text   3
TH 400Theatre Production Workshop   1
Select one course from the following:X  3
Acting III  4A 
Directing Seminar  4A 
Upper-Division Electives   6
 Total Credits   13
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 400Theatre Production Workshop   1
TH 450Professional Actor PreparationX 4B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Electives   8
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
TH 400Theatre Production WorkshopX  1
TH 451Advanced Topics in ActingX  3
TH 471Capstone in Theatre PracticeX 4C3
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120