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 (44 credits)
The B.A. with a major in Theatre is for students who intend to achieve their goals as theatre practitioners or educators. Some students may wish to pursue a more diversified liberal arts program through a double major or minor.

Fundamental Courses (21 credits)

TRE 1310 Introduction to Theatre 3 credits
TRE 1320 Rehearsal and Production I (taken 4 times for a 4-credit total)
1 credit
TRE 2550 Scene Study and Analysis
3 credits
TRE 3650 Fundamentals of Directing 3 credits
TRE 3740 Rehearsal and Production II (taken 4 times for a 4-credit total)
1 credit
TRE 4311 Survey of Theatre History 3 credits
TRE 4315 Survey of Theatre History Research (must be
taken concurrently with TRE 4311)
1 credit

Prerequisite Acting Courses (8 credits)

TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting 3 credits
TRE 2540 Voice and Movement 2 credits
TRE 2680  Acting II 3 credits

Prerequisite Design and Management Courses (6 credits)

TRE 2650 Management Techniques {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design {AND/OR} 3 credits

Focus in Acting OR Design/Management (6 credits)


TRE 3560 Acting Dynamics {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 3570 Acting Styles {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 4515 Acting III {AND/OR}
3 credits
TRE 4590 Voice and Diction
3 credits


TRE 3060 Principles of Arts Management {AND/OR} 3 credits
TRE 4950 Directed Studies {AND/OR}
3 credits
TRE 4980 Directed Studies in Design {AND/OR} 3 credits

Senior Seminar

Graduating seniors will enroll in Senior Seminar where they will create a final performance,
project or portfolio with an appropriate advisor.
TRE 4990 Senior Seminar in Theatre Studies 3 credits