Bachelor of Arts in Theater

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

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 are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • There will be no requirement to take the GenEd Arts course if all of the following courses are completed with a C- or better: THTR 1003, THTR 1096 and THTR 1231. If the student changes majors before completing all three courses, s/he must complete a GenEd Arts course to satisfy the requirement for General Education.
  • 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".
  • Students must complete Theater Department foundation courses with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • 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 take placement tests in English and mathematics. If a student places into ENG 0701 or MATH 0701 or MATH 0702, these courses must be completed prior to taking the General Education requirement for English and Quantitative Literacy.

Theater Foundation Courses

THTR 1003Creativity: Basic3
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process (WI)3
THTR 1231Acting I3
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
THTR 2411Introduction to Design3
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 3002History of the Theater II 13
THTR 4097World of the Play (WI)3
THTR 1087Production Practicum (1 s.h. each semester the student is enrolled as a major)1-8
Art History Elective3
Required Elective (in non-dramatic literature)3
Required Elective Concentration 2,39
Total Credit Hours40-47

Acting Concentration

Required Courses in addition to the Foundation Courses

Required Courses
THTR 2221Voice for the Actor3
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 2241Basic Movement3
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3279Acting III3
THTR 4212Acting IV3
THTR 4222Acting V3
Acting Concentration Electives
Select four of the following:12
Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
Dance for the Actor
Alexander Technique
Dialects for the Actor
Musical Theater Voice & Acting
Theater Workshop
Theater Workshop
Combat & Stunts for the Actor
Acting for Film and TV
Introduction to the Director's Art
Swordplay for the Actor
Thesis for Acting Emphasis
Total Credit Hours33

For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Acting Concentration that can be discussed with your Theater advisor and/or the head of the Acting Program.

Design and Production Concentration

Required Courses in addition to the Foundation Courses

THTR 2431Lighting and Sound Technology3
THTR 2711Drawing and Rendering for the Theater I3
THTR 2712Drawing and Rendering for the Theater II3
THTR 2512Lighting Design I3
THTR 2721Scene Design I3
THTR 2612Costume Design I3
THTR 2713Design Drafting3
or THTR 3621 Costume Production
THTR 2441Stage Management I3
Select four of the following:12
Theater Internship
Creative Sound Technique
Design Drafting
General Study
The Job Market
Technical Direction for the Theater
Scene Painting I
Theater Management I
History of Decor
Costume Production
Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting
Costume Crafts
Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting 2
History of Fashion
Theatrical Model Making
Design for TV and Film
Lighting Design II
Costume Design II
Scene Design II
Total Credit Hours36

Note: The concentration must total a minimum of 35 semester hours beyond the Foundation Courses.

Directing Concentration

Additional Courses Required for the Directing Concentration

THTR 2512Lighting Design I3
THTR 1202Fundamentals of Voice and Movement3
or THTR 2241 Basic Movement
THTR 2261Acting II3
or THTR 3132 Musical Theater Voice & Acting
THTR 3241Combat & Stunts for the Actor3
THTR 2441Stage Management I3
THTR 3051Modern Directions3
THTR 3301Introduction to the Director's Art3
THTR 4301Advanced Directing4
THTR 3191Research2
THTR 2721Scene Design I3
or THTR 2612 Costume Design I
THTR 4003Production Dramaturgy3
Total Credit Hours33


Additional Courses Required for the Musical Theater Concentration

Required Theater Courses
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3012American Musical Theater3
THTR 3279Acting III3
THTR 2101Ballet I for Musical Theater1
THTR 2121Ballet II for Musical Theater1
THTR 3131Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater1
THTR 3101Jazz I for Musical Theater1
THTR 3121Jazz II for Musical Theater1
THTR 4101Tap for Musical Theater1
THTR 4121Musical Theater Dance Techniques1
Required Boyer Courses 1
MUSC 1256Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
MUSC 1257Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
MUSC 1407Piano for Non-Music Majors I1
MUST 1701Music Theory for Non-Music Majors2
MUST 1705Music Theory for Non-Music Majors II3
MUST 1741Aural Theory I2
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
MUSC 2201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 2202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3231Musical Theater Scene Study2
MUSC 3232Musical Theater Voice & Acting2
MUSC 3201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4233Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal2
General Electives8
Total Credit Hours59