Theatre - Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)

Theatre Degree Requirements

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University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in Theatre. The UDM Theatre Department is concerned with stimulating artistic expression by articulate, dynamic and creative people. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the profession as performers, stage managers, directors or educators. A conservatory-style approach in the classroom ensures that students receive personal guidance provided by faculty and carefully chosen artistic associates. Emphasis on small class size enhances the student’s potential for rapid development. 

Departmental advisors work with the student to build an individualized program within the college core curriculum and the requisite and elective courses found within the Theatre major or minor. Students entering the program will work with departmental advisors to develop the course of study that best suits the student’s professional goals.

The department’s philosophy, which centers on the strengths gained in apprenticeship training, is practiced in the application of classroom techniques to performance and professional practices found in the performing arts. Towards this end the department sponsors a season of at least four major productions and provides opportunities for student performances in other special projects. Casting is open to all students, and non-majors are encouraged to participate.

The theatre faculty, staff and students at UDM also form the producing organization known as The Theatre Company. The Theatre Company has been an established and respected member of the Detroit area theatre community since 1972. Using an apprenticeship approach to stimulate artistic growth in a creative production process, we combine the work of seasoned professionals with young talents. At the heart of this process are the professional talents of the faculty and associate company members, who also maintain dynamic partnerships with theatres throughout the area.

B.A. Theatre Major (40 credits) All students in the major degree program apply their classroom training by working in the Theatre Company, where they assist in all areas of the production process. Students will stage manage at least one production towards their degree requirement.

The B.A. with a major in Theatre is for students who intend to teach or to pursue a more diversified liberal arts program.

Prerequisite courses (15 credits):

TRE 1310 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting 3 credits
TRE 2680 Acting II 3 credits
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design 3 credits
TRE 3500 Scene Study
3 credits

Rehearsal and Production (4 credits)
In addition, students are required to take a minimum of 4 hours of Rehearsal and Production. Credit may be taken 1 hour at a time for production participation. Stage managers may register for two credits.

TRE 1320 Rehearsal and Production    1 - 2 credits
TRE 3740 Rehearsal and Production II 1 - 2 credits

All of the Following Upper Level Courses (7 credits):

TRE 4311 Survey of Theatre 3 credits
TRE 4315 Survey of Theatre History Research 1 credit
TRE 3650 Fundamentals of Directing 3 credits

Electives and Upper Division Courses: (15 credits):
Courses may be chosen from the upper division course list in the B.A. degree program pending approval of the instructor. These include:

TRE 2540 Voice and  Movement 3 credits
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design 3 credits
TRE 3510 Dynamics I 3 credits
TRE 3520 Acting Styles 3 credits
TRE 3540 Voice and Diction  3 credits
TRE 3560 Dynamics II 3 credits
TRE 3570 Acting Styles II 3 credits
TRE 3590 Voice and Diction 3 credits
TRE 4510 Acting Dynamics BFA: Advanced Process 3 credits
TRE 4670 Methods of Teaching High School Dramatics
3 credits
TRE 4680 Methods of Production/Performing Arts in Detroit   3 credits
TRE 4950 Directed Studies
1-3 credits
TRE 4970 Directed Studies in Directing  1-3 credits
TRE 4980 Directed Studies in Design  1-3 credits

Capstone Requirements (3 credits in addition to the 40-credit major):
The capstone is intended for students who may wish to pursue further education or in preparation for entering the profession. In the fall of the senior year, the student will propose a project developed with the aid of their advisor and the professor in the chosen area of interest. The student will register for the following course:

TRE 4960 Dynamics/Senior Capstone   3 credits