Bachelor of Arts in Theater

Theater majors are advised to select courses that will best prepare them to succeed in the future. Toward this end, students may select courses according to their particular interests through the Theater Studies Sequence or choose from four Theater Concentrations:

  • Acting,
  • Design and Production,
  • Directing, or
  • Musical Theater

An audition is required for acceptance into the Acting Concentration (see http://tfma.temple.edu/theater/undergraduate/acting) and the Musical Theater Concentration (see http://tfma.temple.edu/theater/undergraduate/musical-theater). Acceptance into the Design and the Production and Directing Concentrations requires an interview with the Head of the Area.

Theater Studies Sequence

The Theater Studies Sequence prepares students to enter graduate programs or pursue careers in theater, other entertainment industries, or other fields. It is within this sequence that entrepreneurial students, the student who wishes to explore future interdisciplinary linkages, or those most interested in playwriting, might best fit. The student who follows the Theater Studies Sequence may select any courses offered by the department as long as required prerequisites are completed with applicable proficiencies as indicated in some courses by a grade of C or better.

Theater Studies Sequence students must complete the Theater Foundation Courses. However, they are encouraged to meet with a Theater Department faculty member to discuss their goals and what selection of courses might best prepare them to achieve their professional aspirations after graduation.

Acting Concentration

The Acting Concentration prepares students to enter graduate acting programs or pursue professional careers in theater, television and film. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possible within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in a graduate conservatory program or in the profession. Through intensive and varied classes in acting, combined with experiential work in minimalist to full-scale productions, students develop the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership, tools they will need to pursue their professional goals.

Notes:

  1. In order for the student to progress to the next level of study, prerequisites for admission to some classes are required.
  2. A student is not officially a part of the Acting Concentration until successfully auditioning before the Acting Faculty. These auditions are held every semester and are announced in advance by the Head of Undergraduate Acting.
  3. Some Voice, Movement, Speech, and Acting classes may be repeated for credit.
  4. Performance courses are available to those students electing the Acting Concentration and to other students in the department who meet the prerequisite requirements.
  5. Certification officials from the Society of Fight Directors are invited to the final projects of Swordplay for the Actor classes, and some students receive certification in various combat specialties.

Design AND PRODUCTION Concentration

The Design and Production Concentration prepares students to enter graduate Design or Production Programs or pursue professional careers in theater, television and film. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possibilities within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in a graduate conservatory program or in the profession. Through intensive and varied classes in design and production, combined with experiential hands-on work with creative teams for full-scale and minimalist productions, students develop the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership - tools they will need to pursue their professional goals.

Note: In order for the student to progress to the next level of study, prerequisites for admission to some classes are required.

Directing Concentration

The Directing Concentration prepares students to enter graduate directing programs or pursue professional careers in theater, television and film. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possible within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in a graduate conservatory program or in the profession. Through intensive and varied classes combined with experiential work in minimalist to full-scale productions, students develop the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership - tools they will need to pursue their professional goals.

Notes:

  1. In order for the student to progress to the next level of study, prerequisites for admission to some classes are required.
  2. The Directing Concentration culminates with a Senior Research class production project to be proposed and approved in consultation with the Head of Directing.

Musical Theater Concentration

The Musical Theater Concentration prepares students to pursue professional careers in musical theater, theater, television and film, or to pursue graduate study. The coursework provides the highest caliber of training possible within the context of a liberal arts education, so students can thrive either in a graduate conservatory program or in the profession. Through intensive and varied classes combined with experiential work in minimalist to full-scale productions, students develop the skills needed for creative communication and artistic leadership - tools they will need to pursue their professional goals.

Notes:

  1. In order for the student to progress to the next level of study, prerequisites for admission to some classes are required.
  2. The Head of Musical Theater, Dance and/or Movement Professors, and a representative from the Acting Program audition interested incoming theater students in the spring semester of the school year prior to the desired fall admission semester. Students must be selected through this audition process to gain entrance into the Musical Theater Concentration. Selection through this process does not guarantee admission to Temple University. The audition is rigorous and includes singing, dancing and acting.
  3. The Musical Theater Concentration culminates in THTR 4133, an intensive audition and performance seminar specially designed to prepare students for the rigorous demands of auditioning for and performing in professional Musical Theater.
  4. Throughout the Musical Theater Concentration student's four years of study, workshops and seminars are made available which feature Musical Theater professionals from New York City and Philadelphia.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and by satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours. Students must complete:

  • University requirements: All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • There will be no requirement to take the GenEd Arts course if all of the following courses are completed with a C- or better: THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231. If the student changes majors before completing all four courses, s/he must complete a GenEd Arts course to satisfy the requirement for General Education.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  • Students must complete Theater Department foundation courses with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • No more than 20 credits of work in the major field may be transferred from another institution. Students must complete at least 16 semester hours in Theater courses at Temple University.
  • All Theater majors must take placement tests in English and mathematics. If a student places into ENG 0701 or MATH 0701 or MATH 0702, these courses must be completed prior to taking the General Education requirement for English and Quantitative Literacy.

Theater Foundation Courses

THTR 1003Creativity: Basic3
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process (WI)3
THTR 1231Acting I3
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 3002History of the Theater II 13
THTR 4097World of the Play (WI)3
THTR 1087Production Practicum (1 s.h. each semester the student is enrolled as a major)1-8
Art History Elective3
Required Elective (in non-dramatic literature)3
Required Elective Concentration 2,39
Total Credit Hours40-47
1

Musical Theater Concentration students complete THTR 3012 American Musical Theater and THTR 3001 History of the Theater I for their Theater history requirements. THTR 3002 History of the Theater II may be taken as an elective.

2

The 9 semester hours of the required elective concentration may be in any one department, preferably in the Arts or an interdisciplinary study approved by the Theater Department advisor or chair.

3

The concentration may include the required course in art history or the required course in non-dramatic literature. It may not include ENG 0802, ENG 0812, or ENG 0902.

Acting Concentration

Required Courses in addition to the Foundation Courses

Required Courses
THTR 2221Voice for the Actor3
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 2241Basic Movement3
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3279Acting III3
THTR 4212Acting IV3
THTR 4222Acting V3
Acting Concentration Electives
Select four of the following:12
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
Dance for the Actor
Alexander Technique
Dialects for the Actor
Musical Theater Voice & Acting
Theater Workshop
Theater Workshop
Combat & Stunts for the Actor
Acting for Film and TV
Introduction to the Director's Art
Swordplay for the Actor
Thesis for Acting Emphasis
Total Credit Hours33

For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Acting Concentration that can be discussed with your Theater advisor and/or the head of the Acting Program.

Design AND PRODUCTION Concentration

Required Courses in addition to the Foundation Courses

THTR 2431Lighting and Sound Technology3
THTR 2711Drawing and Rendering for the Theater I3
THTR 2712Drawing and Rendering for the Theater II3
THTR 2512Lighting Design I3
THTR 2721Scene Design I3
THTR 2612Costume Design I3
THTR 2713Design Drafting3
or THTR 3621 Costume Production
THTR 2441Stage Management I3
Select four of the following:12
Theater Internship
Creative Sound Technique
Propcraft
Make-Up
Design Drafting
General Study
The Job Market
Technical Direction for the Theater
Scene Painting I
Theater Management I
History of Decor
Costume Production
Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting
Costume Crafts
Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting 2
History of Fashion
Theatrical Model Making
Design for TV and Film
Lighting Design II
Costume Design II
Scene Design II
Total Credit Hours36

Note: The concentration must total a minimum of 35 semester hours beyond the Foundation Courses.

Directing Concentration

Additional Courses Required for the Directing Concentration

THTR 2512Lighting Design I3
THTR 1202Fundamentals of Voice and Movement3
or THTR 2241 Basic Movement
THTR 2261Acting II3
or THTR 3132 Musical Theater Voice & Acting
THTR 3241Combat & Stunts for the Actor3
THTR 2441Stage Management I3
THTR 3051Modern Directions3
THTR 3301Introduction to the Director's Art3
THTR 4301Advanced Directing4
THTR 3191Research2
THTR 2721Scene Design I3
or THTR 2612 Costume Design I
THTR 4003Production Dramaturgy3
Total Credit Hours33

Musical Theater Concentration

Additional Courses Required for the Musical Theater Concentration

Required Theater Courses
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3012American Musical Theater3
THTR 3279Acting III3
THTR 2101Ballet I for Musical Theater1
THTR 2121Ballet II for Musical Theater1
THTR 3131Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater1
THTR 3101Jazz I for Musical Theater1
THTR 3121Jazz II for Musical Theater1
THTR 4101Tap for Musical Theater1
THTR 4121Musical Theater Dance Techniques1
Required Boyer Courses 1
MUSC 1256Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
MUSC 1257Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
MUSC 1407Piano for Non-Music Majors I1
MUST 1701Music Theory for Non-Music Majors2
MUST 1705Music Theory for Non-Music Majors II3
MUST 1741Aural Theory I2
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 2201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 2202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3231Musical Theater Scene Study2
MUSC 3232Musical Theater Voice & Acting2
MUSC 3201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4233Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal2
Electives
General Electives8
Total Credit Hours59
1

For tuition and fee rates associated with the Boyer College of Music and Dance, refer to the Bursar's Office.

Suggested Academic Plans

Please note that these are suggested academic plans. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater (General)

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
THTR 1003Creativity: Basic13
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process [WI]13
THTR 1231Acting I13
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Elective4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Dramatic Literature Class 3
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Theater Elective/Elective3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Art History Elective23
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Theater Electives/Electives6
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 3002History of the Theater II3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Theater Electives/Electives9
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
THTR 4097World of the Play [WI]3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Theater Electives/Electives9
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Theater Electives/Electives14
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

GenEd Arts (GA) Waiver: Completion of THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231.

2

Students must select an Art History course. For questions or recommendations, students should see their advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Acting Concentration)

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
THTR 1231Acting I13
THTR 2221Voice for the Actor3
THTR 1003Creativity: Basic13
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process [WI]13
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
THTR 2241Basic Movement3
Theater Concentration Elective3
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 3279Acting III3
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
THTR 4212Acting IV3
Theater Concentration Elective3
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Theater Concentration Elective3
Theater Concentration Elective3
THTR 3002History of the Theater II3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Non-Dramatic Literature Class3
Exploratory Concentration Class3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
THTR 4222Acting V3
THTR 4097World of the Play [WI]3
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Art History Elective23
Exploratory Concentration Class3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Electives9
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

GenEd Arts (GA) Waiver: Completion of THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231.

2

Students must select an Art History course. For questions or recommendations, students should see their advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Design and Production Concentration)

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 1003Creativity: Basic13
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Non-Dramatic Literature Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process [WI]13
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
THTR 2431Lighting and Sound Technology3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2441Stage Management I3
THTR 2711Drawing and Rendering for the Theater I3
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
Art History Elective23
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2712Drawing and Rendering for the Theater II3
THTR 3002History of the Theater II3
Select one of the following:3
Lighting Design I 
Costume Design I 
Scene Design I 
Theater Concentration Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 1231Acting I13
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Select one of the following:3
Design Drafting 
Costume Production 
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Lighting Design I 
Costume Design I 
Scene Design I 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Theater Concentration Elective3
Exploratory Concentration Class3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Lighting Design I 
Costume Design I 
Scene Design I 
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Theater Concentration Elective3
THTR 4097World of the Play [WI]3
Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Theater Concentration Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

GenEd Arts (GA) Waiver: Completion of THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231.

2

Students must select an Art History course. For questions or recommendations, students should see their advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Directing)

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 1003Creativity: Basic13
THTR 1231Acting I13
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement 
Basic Movement 
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process [WI]13
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2441Stage Management I3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Acting II 
Musical Theater Voice Acting 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 3241Combat Stunts for the Actor3
Non-Dramatic Literature Class3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2512Lighting Design I3
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 3301Introduction to the Director's Art3
THTR 3051Modern Directions3
Art History Elective23
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 3002History of the Theater II3
Elective3
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Costume Design I 
Scene Design I 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 4301Advanced Directing4
THTR 3191Research2
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 4097World of the Play [WI]3
THTR 4003Production Dramaturgy3
Exploratory Concentration Class3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

GenEd Arts (GA) Waiver: Completion of THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231.

2

Students must select an Art History course. For questions or recommendations, students should see their advisor.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Musical Theater)

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2101Ballet I for Musical Theater1
MUST 1701Music Theory for Non-Music Majors2
THTR 1003Creativity: Basic13
MUSC 1256Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
THTR 1231Acting I13
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2121Ballet II for Musical Theater1
MUSC 1257Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process [WI]13
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUSC 1407Piano for Non-Music Majors I1
MUST 1741Aural Theory I2
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3101Jazz I for Musical Theater1
MUSC 2201Voice Concentration2
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUSC 3231Musical Theater Scene Study2
MUST 1705Music Theory for Non-Music Majors II3
THTR 3121Jazz II for Musical Theater1
MUSC 2202Voice Concentration2
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
MUSC 3232Musical Theater Voice Acting2
MUSC 3201Voice Concentration2
THTR 4101Tap for Musical Theater1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 3012American Musical Theater3
MUSC 3202Voice Concentration2
THTR 3279Acting III3
Elective4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUSC 4233Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal2
MUSC 4201Voice Concentration2
THTR 4097World of the Play [WI]3
THTR 3131Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater1
GenEd Breadth Course3
Art History Elective23
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 4121Musical Theater Dance Techniques1
MUSC 4202Voice Concentration2
GenEd Breadth Course33
Elective (Non-Dramatic Literature Class if not taken as GG)3
Elective2
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 124
1

GenEd Arts (GA) Waiver: Completion of THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231.

2

Students must select an Art History course. For questions or recommendations, students should see their advisor.

3

Either The Detective Novel or World Society in Literature and Film is suggested for GenEd Global/World Society (GG).