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MSU Denver Theatre Department Majors & Minor

The Theatre Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Theatre Technology and Design.

Music Theatre has been the hallmark of the program for twenty years. Liberal Arts based, in partnership with the Music Department, the Music Theatre program is the only one of its kind in the Denver-Metro area. The Applied Theatre Technology and Design program supports and reflects the great demand in the entertainment industry.

Accomplished theatre professionals mentor students toward the goal of becoming well-rounded, professionally prepared technicians and performers.

 

Requirements

Listed below are requirements for the MSUD Theatre degrees. See the Course Descriptions page for details about each course.

 

Theatre Major for Bachelor of Arts (BA)  "NO" Audition required for the BA - Only BFA Concentrations

 

Basic Core for all Theatre Majors

Required Basic Core Courses for all Theatre Majors
THE 2201 The Speaking Voice in Performance (3)
THE 2210 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 2220 Acting I (3)
THE 2240 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
THE 2270 Production Analysis: Process and Technology (3)
THE 2280 Theatre Career Development I (3)
THE 3200 Oral Interpretation (3)
THE 3211 Theatre History, Criticism and Theory I (3)
THE 3212 Theatre History, Criticism and Theory II (3)
THE 3280 Stage Directing (3)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)

Pick one of the Senior Experience listed below:

THE 4200 Readers Theatre (3) ( Senior Experience)
                                   OR
THE 4202 Theatre Career Development II (3) (Senior Experience)

Subtotal: 34 Semester Hours

Theatre Electives (8 hours from the following: see faculty advisor) 
THE 2230 Acting II (3)
THE 2250 Stage Management (3)
THE 2290 Fundamentals of Stage Combat (3)
THE 3210 Scene Painting (3)
THE 3220 Stage Movement (3)
THE 3230 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3)
THE 3232 Acting for the Camera (3)
THE 3240 Theatre Improvisation Techniques (3)
THE 3250 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
THE 3980 Advanced Internship: Theatre (1-15)
THE 4210 Variable Topics in Theatre (maximum of 9 credit hours) (1-3)
THE 4240 Advanced Stagecraft and Applied Scene Technology (3)
THE 4250 Advanced Scene Design: Applied Technology (3)
THE 4270 Theatre Practicum II: (2)
THE 4280 Advanced Lighting: Applied Technology and Design (3)
THE 4290 Advanced Sound: Applied Technology and Design (3)

Subtotal of Electives: 8 Semester Hours
Additional Theatre and Arts-related classes, including internships, may be selected in consultation with an approved theatre advisor within the Theatre Department.

Total Semester Hours Required for Theatre Major:  42 Semester Hours

Notes: Students must pass all THE courses with a C or better and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in major coursework to be eligible for graduation. Additional Theatre and Arts-related courses, including internships, may be selected in consultation with THE faculty advisor. 

Other Graduation Requirements:
General Studies and Multicultural: 33-36
Minor: 18-29
Electives: 13 - 27
Total for the BA in Theatre: 120
Semester Hours
CAS 1010, Public Speaking, is a recommended General Studies course for Theatre majors and is a prerequisite for some courses in the Theatre degree programs.

 

Theatre Major for Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) 

BFA in Music Theatre (MT)

Application Requirements:
Students must complete an audition or portfolio review. Students may declare a theatre major in the BA program and work toward acceptance to the BFA program. Students must submit the following in order to be considered for acceptance to the BFA program in either Music Theatre or Applied Theatre Technology and Design:
1. A Cover Letter that explains 1) what the student hopes to do after graduation; 2) what the student hopes to gain from the theatre BFA program; 3) what skills the student brings to the program.
2. A Resume that includes the student's 1) name, address, contact information, year in school; 2) general work experience-both on campus and off campus; 3) entertainment arts work experience-both on campus and off campus, professional and non-professional; 4) education including high school, workshops, internships, special programs; 5) professional affiliations and/or club associations.
3. A current CAPP report or copy of transcripts.
In addition to the above.

BFA Music Theatre applicants must pass two separate auditions:
1) A Music Department Audition;
a singing audition and a music sight-reading test is required before one can be considered for acceptance into the voice program. These auditions are held the first Thursday before classes begin both fall and spring semesters. (A student must contact the Music Department to schedule the singing auditions and sight reading test. Music Dept. 303-556-3180.
2) A Theatre Department Audition; this audition includes two contrasting one-minute monologues and one song (this song may also be used for the Music Department Audition).

Students may be accepted into the Music Theatre concentration before passing the Music Department auditions, but these auditions must be successfully completed within two years of being accepted into the program, or the students will be moved to the BA Theatre program (with no loss of credit). Please contact Scott Lubinski for more information about the BFA in Music Theatre.

 

BFA Auditions & Showcases

The Music Department Audition- requires a singing audition and a music sight-reading test before one can be considered for acceptance into the voice program. These auditions are held the first Thursday before classes begin both fall and spring semesters. (A student must contact the Music Department to schedule the singing auditions and sight reading test.)

Upcoming Application Deadline Dates:  See BFA Application Form http://www.msudenver.edu/theatre/productionsauditions/bfaauditionsshowcases/

Required Courses for all BFA Theatre Majors:
Basic Core 34 Semester Hours
THE 0010 BFA Music Theatre Coaching (0) 
THE 2201 The Speaking Voice in Performance (3)
THE 2210 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 2220 Acting I (3)
THE 2240 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
THE 2270 Production Analysis: Process and Technology (3)
THE 2280 Theatre Career Development I (3)
THE 3200 Oral Interpretation (3)
THE 3211 Theatre History, Criticism and Theory I (3)
THE 3212 Theatre History, Criticism and Theory II (3)
THE 3280 Stage Directing (3)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)

Pick one Senior Experience listed below:

THE 4200 Readers Theatre (3) (Senior Experience) 
                                   OR
THE 4202 Theatre Career Development II (3) (Senior Experience)

BFA CORE (7-18 hours: please see Theatre faculty advisor)
THE 2242 (3 hrs)  Introduction to Stage Makeup (3)
THE 3980 (1-15 hrs)  Professional Internship: Theatre 

Required Courses with a concentration in MT : (34 credit hours)
HPL 1160 Jazz Level I (2)
HPL 1240 Tap Dance I (2)
MUS 0020 Recital Attendance Credits: 0 (two semester)**
MUS 1110 Music Theory I* (3)
MUS 1120 Music Theory Lab I* (1)
MUS 1130 Music Theory II** (3)
MUS 1140 Music Theory Lab II** (1)
MUS 161B Class Piano I (1)
MUS 162B Class Piano II (1)
MUS 171A Private Instruction I - Voice (2)
MUS 172A Private Instruction II - Voice (2)
MUS 3810 Ensemble (1) (two semester) ++
THE 0010 Music Theatre Coaching required each semester (0)
THE 2230 Acting II (3)
THE 2260 Music Theatre History and Performance (3)
THE 3220 Stage Movement (3)
THE 3230 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3)
THE 4272 BFA Project: Music Theatre (2)

* Must be taken concurrently.
** Must be taken concurrently.
*** Students must enroll during each semester  of Private Voice instruction, and complete the requirements with a "Satisfactory" grade in order to be eligible to continue to enroll in Private Voice Instruction.
**** Must be taken each semester the student is enrolled in the Music Theatre BFA Program.
++ MUS 3810 Ensemble is a single-credit course that must be taken twice concurrent with each semester of MUS 171A Private Voice I and MUS 172A Private Voice II.

Suggested THE Electives:  Select 5 hours from the following courses:

Additional theatre and arts-related courses, including internships, may be selected in consultation with an approved theatre advisor within the Department of Theatre.
THE 2290 Fundamentals of Stage Combat (3)
THE 3230 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3)
THE 3232 Acting for the Camera(3)
THE 3240 Theatre Improvisation Techniques (3)
THE 4210 Variable Topics in Theatre (maximum of 9 credit hours) (1-3)(3)
THE 4270 Theatre Practicum II (2)

Total Electives for the BFA in Music Theatre: 5
Semester Hours
*Ensembles must be chosen from those appropriate to the student's concentration. Students majoring in music performance must enroll in an ensemble during each semester of full-time residence.
Additional Theatre and Arts-related courses, including internships, may be selected in consultation with an approved Theatre advisor within the Theatre Department.

Other Graduation Requirements:
General Studies and Multicultural*: 33-36
Electives: 5-7
Total Semester Hours for the Major with a Concentration in Music Theatre: 120 Semester Hours
* CAS 1010, Public Speaking, is a recommended General Studies course for Theatre majors and is a prerequisite for some courses in the Theatre degree programs.

BFA students in Music Theatre will present a portfolio for review and will participate in a performance showcase during the spring semester each year. Students must successfully pass portfolio/performance reviews in order to remain in the BFA program.
BFA students in Music Theatre must audition for every MSUD production (including both musicals and dramas-but excluding directing projects) either for "experience only" or for a role.

General Expectations:
BFA students must attend every MSUD production.
All BFA students are required to work in a performance or technical capacity on a minimum of two MSUD productions per academic year. All BFA students must arrange for an academic advising session with a theatre faculty member at least once per year.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program are NOT required to complete a minor.

 

BFA in Applied Theatre Technology and Design (ATTD)

 Application Requirements:
Students must complete an audition or portfolio review. Students may declare a theatre major in the BA program and work toward acceptance to the BFA program. Students must submit the following in order to be considered for acceptance to the BFA program in either Music Theatre or Applied Theatre Technology and Design:
1. A Cover Letter that explains 1) what the student hopes to do after graduation; 2) what the student hopes to gain from the theatre BFA program; 3) what skills the student brings to the program.
2. A Resume that includes the student's 1) name, address, contact information, year in school; 2) general work experience-both on campus and off campus; 3) entertainment arts work experience-both on campus and off campus, professional and non-professional; 4) education including high school, workshops, internships, special programs; 5) professional affiliations and/or club associations.
3. A current CAPP report or copy of transcripts.
4. Three references.

BFA Applied Theatre Technology applicants will complete an interview with selected faculty members. Please see the BFA Application Requirements listed above. Contact Jacob Welch for more information about the BFA in Applied Theatre Technology & Design.

BFA Applied Technology & Design interview dates for 2017
Transfer students: August 1st.
Current students: First Monday in May and December.

Required Courses for all BFA Theatre Majors:
Basic Core 34 Semester Hours
ARTH 1500 Art and Visual Literacy (3)
THE 0011 BFA Applied Technology Coaching (0)*
THE 2201 The Speaking Voice in Performance (3)
THE 2210 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 2220 Acting I (3)
THE 2240 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
THE 2270 Production Analysis: Process and Technology (3)
THE 2280 Theatre Career Development (3)
THE 3200 Oral Interpretation (3)
THE 3211 Theatre History, Criticism and Theory I (3)
THE 3212 Theatre History, Criticism and Theory II (3)
THE 3280 Stage Directing (3)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)

Pick one Senior Experience listed below:

THE 4200 Readers Theatre (3) (Senior Experience) 
                                   OR
THE 4202 Theatre Career Development II (3) (Senior Experience)

BFA CORE (7 hours: please see Theatre faculty advisor)
THE 2242 (3 hrs)  Introduction to Stage Makeup
THE 3980 (4 hrs)  Professional Internship: Theatre 

APPLIED THEATRE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CONCENTRATION (25 hours: please see Theatre faculty advisor)
ARTH 1500 Art and Visual Literacy (3)
THE 2241 Introduction to Costume Construction (3)
THE 2243 Graphics for Theatre (3) 
THE 2250 Stage Management (3)
THE 3241 Computer Aided Drafting for Theatre (3)
THE 3250 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
THE 3271 Introduction to Stage Lighting (3)
THE 4270 Theatre: Practicum II (2)
THE 4271 BFA Project Applied Technology (2) 

Suggested THE Electives: Select 14 hrs working with THE faculty advisor
THE 3210 Scene Painting (3)
THE 4240 Advanced Stagecraft and Applied Scene Technology (3)
THE 4250 Advanced Scene Design: Applied Technology (3)
THE 4280 Advanced Lighting: Applied Technology and Design (3)
THE 4290 Advanced Sound: Applied Technology and Design (3)
THE 4210 Variable Topics in Theatre (maximum of 9 credit hours) (1-3)

Other Graduation Requirements:
General Studies and Multicultural*: 33-36
Electives: 5-7
Total for the BFA in Theatre: 120
Semester Hours
* CAS 1010, Public Speaking, is a recommended General Studies course for Theatre majors and is a prerequisite for some courses in the Theatre degree programs.

BFA Applied Theatre Technology and Design students will present will present a portfolio for review each spring semester.

General Expectations:
BFA students must attend every MSUD production.
All BFA students are required to work in a performance or technical capacity on a minimum of two MSUD productions per academic year. All BFA students must arrange for an academic advising session with a theatre faculty member at least once per year.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program are NOT required to complete a minor.

 

Theatre Minor

Required Courses (16 Semester Hours):
THE 2210 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 2220 Acting I (3)
THE 2240 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
THE 2270 Production Analysis (3)
THE 3280 Stage Directing (3)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)
Subtotal of Required Courses for Theatre Minor: 16 Semester Hours

Suggested Theatre Elective Courses (total of 9 credit hours; 6 hours must be upper division):
THE 2201 The Speaking Voice in Performance (2)
THE 2230 Acting II (3)
THE 2250 Stage Management (3)
THE 3200 Oral Interpretation (3)
THE 3210 Scene Painting (3)
THE 3230 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3)
THE 3240 Theatre Improvisation Techniques (3)
THE 3250 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
THE 4200 Readers Theatre (3) (Senior Experience)
THE 4240 Advanced Stagecraft & Applied Scene Technology (3)
THE 4250 Advanced Scene Design (3)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)
THE 4270 Theatre: Practicum II (2)
Total Electives for Theatre Minor: 9 Semester Hours

Notes:
1.  Additional Theatre and Art courses, including internships, may be selected in consultation with an approved advisor within the Theatre Department.
2.  CAS 1010, Public Speaking, is a prerequisite to THE 2220, THE 3200, and THE 4220.  This course is required for all Theatre minors.  CAS 1010 may not be counted towards the 25 credits required for this minor, however, it may be used to fulfill General Studies requirements.

Senior Experience Requirement:
THE 4200 Readers Theatre (3)

Total Semester Hours for Theatre Minor: 25 Semester Hours

 

 


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