The undergraduate curriculum in theater is designed to provide the highest quality professional training within a rigorous comprehensive liberal arts setting. Through the study and practice of the arts, craft and scholarship of theater, we aspire to instill in our students a passion for artistic leadership, creative communication and lifelong learning. We are committed to being a vital cultural force in the diverse community of Temple University, the Philadelphia region and the world.
Our department strives to be characterized by professional excellence, academic depth and breadth, community involvement and international engagement. Students are challenged to learn and create in a wide variety of classroom and production situations. Opportunities are plentiful on campus, in the community and in Philadelphia, one of the most important of America's theater centers.
As a theater department in the heart of a culturally rich urban setting, Temple University's Theater Department is immersed in and among some of the most important regional and national theaters in the country. This bountiful artistic environment benefits our undergraduate students. There are many theater professionals on faculty and who serve as guest artists, advisors, mentors and collaborators. Temple graduates are involved in nearly every major theater endeavor in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The objective of the undergraduate curriculum is to develop within students the creative, cognitive, communication and entrepreneurial skills that will prepare them as citizens of the world and artists contributing to the development of the future of theater in the 21st century. We hope to inspire our students to fulfill their creative potential within an ever more interdisciplinary artistic environment that is responsive to tomorrow's marketplace and the future needs of our multiple communities.
The undergraduate curriculum is intended to combine outstanding liberal arts classes with intensive theater studies. The department requires that all undergraduate students take a foundation of broad-based theater classes and also have the opportunity for more specialized theater studies as they progress through the program. Students also participate in the extensive department production programs. These opportunities onstage, front of the house, and backstage are a natural and important extension of classroom work.
The successful student graduates from the program with excellent communication skills, a broad-based liberal arts background, developed abilities within the discipline of theater, the appreciation of a commitment to artistry, and the life-learning capacities that will enable success in a wide variety of future endeavors. Our alumni are not only successful artists in theater and all of the entertainment industries, but they are also leaders in many other fields.
Faculty Advising and Mentoring
Advising is an important part of the education of students in Theater. Undergraduate majors are first assigned to the Theater, Flim and Media Arts (TFMA) Academic Advising Center and later to a Theater Faculty Advisor within the department.
Students are encouraged to consult their advisor on academic matters. In addition to assigned advisors, the chair of the department maintains an open-door policy, and other members of the faculty and staff are happy to mentor students who seek their advice regarding production experiences and career objectives.
Summary of Requirements
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 starting in the 2010-2011 academic year and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
- 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" in the RCI column.
- Theater Department foundation courses with a grade of C or better in each course
- Completion of a minimum of 53 semester hours outside of the Division of Theater, Film, and Media Arts (TFMA).
- 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 pass the placement tests in English and mathematics. A student who fails any one of these tests must successfully complete English 0701 and the required mathematics course(s).
Read more details about the program in the Undergraduate Bulletin.