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Degree Programs

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 MSU Denver Theatre degrees. See the Course Descriptions page for details about each course.

Theatre Major for Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Basic Core for all Theatre Majors

Basic Core for all Theatre Majors: Required Basic Core Courses for all Theatre Majors (Semester Hours):
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 4200 Readers Theatre (3) (Senior Experience)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)
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 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 (1-12)
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: (2)
THE 4280 Advanced Lighting: Applied Technology and Design (3)
THE 4290 Advanced Sound: Applied Technology and Design (3)

Subtotal of Electives: 12 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
Total for the BA in Theatre: 120
Semester Hours
SPE 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 th 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.)
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.

Required Courses for all BFA Theatre Majors:
Basic Core (Semester Hours): 30 Semester Hours

ART 1040 Art Appreciation Survey (3)
THE 2260 Music Theatre History and Performance (3)
THE 2270 Production Analysis: Process and Technology (3)
THE 3980 Professional Internship: Theatre (4)
THE 4270 Theatre Practicum: (2)
THE 4271 BFA Project: Applied Technology (2) 
THE 4272 BFA Project: Music Theatre (2)
Subtotal: 47 Semester Hours

Required Courses with a concentration in MT :
HPL 1160 Jazz Level I (2)
HPL 1240 Tap Dance I (2)
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)
Select 2 hours from the following:
MUS 2810*** Ensemble (1)
MUS 3810*** Ensemble (1)
THE 2230 Acting II (3)
THE 3220 Stage Movement (3)
THE 3230 Acting III: Styles of Acting (3)
Subtotal: 29 Semester Hours

*, ** These classes must be taken concurrently.
*** Ensembles will be assigned based on auditions.
**** Students must enroll during each semester of Private Voice instruction, and complete the requirement with a "Satisfactory" grade in order to continue to enroll in Private Voice Instruction.

Suggested Elective Courses:
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)
Total Electives for the BFA in Music Theatre: 4 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: 4-7
Total Semester Hours for the Major with a Concentration in Music Theatre: 120 Semester Hours
* SPE 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 renews in order to remain in the BFA program.
BFA students in Music Theatre must audition for every MSU Denver 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 MSU Denver production.
All BFA students are required to work in a performance or technical capacity on a minimum of two MSU Denver 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 th 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 Bacon Welch for more information about the BFA in Applied Theatre Technology & Design.

Required Courses for all BFA Theatre Majors:
Basic Core (Semester Hours): 30 Semester Hours

ART 1040 Art Appreciation Survey (3)
THE 2260 Music Theatre History and Performance (3)
THE 2270 Production Analysis: Process and Technology (3)
THE 3980 Professional Internship: Theatre (4)
THE 4270 Theatre: Practicum II (2)
THE 4271 BFA Project: Applied Technology (2) or
THE 4272 BFA Project: Music Theatre (2)
Subtotal: 47 Semester Hours

Required Courses with a concentration in ATTD:
THE 2250 Stage Management (3)
THE 3250 Introduction to Scene Design (3)
THE 3271 Introduction to Stage Lighting (3)
Subtotal: 9 Semester Hours

Elective Courses:
THE 3210 Scene Painting (3)
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 4280 Advanced Lighting: Applied Technology and Design (3)
THE 4290 Advanced Sound: Applied Technology and Design (3)
Subtotal of Electives: 18 Semester Hours
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: 4-7
Total for the BFA in Theatre: 120
Semester Hours
* SPE 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 MSU Denver production.
All BFA students are required to work in a performance or technical capacity on a minimum of two MSU Denver 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 (Semester Hours):
THE 2210 Introduction to Theatre (3)
THE 2220 Acting I (3)
THE 2240 Introduction to Stagecraft (3)
THE 3280 Stage Directing (3)82 Semester Hours

Suggested Theatre Elective Courses (total of nine credit hours; six hours must be upper division):
THE 2230 Acting II (3)
THE 2250 Stage Management (3)
THE 3200 Performance of Literature I: Solo(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)
THE 4220 Creative Dramatics for the Classroom Teacher (3)
THE 4260 Theatre: Practicum I (1)
THE 4270 Theatre: Practicum II (2)
Total Electives for Theatre Minor: 9 Semester Hours
Additional elective theatre courses are available through this and other MSU Denver departments and may be chosen and approved in consultation with an advisor in the Theatre Department.

Senior Experience Requirement:
THE 4200 Readers Theatre (3)

Total Semester Hours for Theatre Minor: 27 Semester Hours

SPE 1010, Public Speaking is a prerequisite to THE 4220, THE 2210, and THE 3200. This course is required for all Theatre minors. SPE 1010 cannot be counted towards the 21 credits required for this minor; however, it may be used to fill General Studies requirements.

 

 


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