Department of Theatre

Student Learning Outcomes for a B.A. in Theatre

All students in Theatre courses will demonstrate the following:

  • An understanding of the historical development of theatre in western culture.
  • An understanding of the historical context surrounding the development of playwriting, scenery, acting conventions, and theatrical architecture.
  • The ability to analyze plays in terms of form, structure, content, and stagecraft.
  • An understanding of an audience's awareness of how the artistic elements of dramatic literature are integrated in a theatrical performance.
  • An understanding of the roles of various theatre artists: playwright, producer, director, scenic/lighting/costume/sound/projection designer, technical director, production manager, dramaturgy, stage manager, etc.

Students in the Performance Option will demonstrate the following:

  • An appreciation and understanding of an actor's ability to create a story, refine character development, define both the setting and time for a scene, assess a problem, and find creative solutions.
  • An understanding of various performance techniques and styles through class discussion and critical feedback.
  • The ability to use a combination of performance techniques in a theatrical production.
  • A practical knowledge of the entertainment industry.

Students in the Production Design and Technology Option will demonstrate the following:

  • An appreciation and understanding of the role of the set designer, costume designer, lighting designer, sound designer, technical director, production manager, stage manager, and other applied craftspeople involved in theatrical production.
  • An appreciation and understanding of the historical development of various aspects of theatrical design and technology, and of contemporary technology's influence on both production design and technology.
  • The ability to contribute to a theatrical production in set, costume, lighting, sound or other areas of theatrical design.

Students in the Customized Option will demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to link theoretical and practical elements in dramatic study with a focus on playwriting, directing, or some other aspect of theatrical production.
  • The ability to research, write, and revise a scholarly paper on some aspect of theatrical production.
  • The ability to make an effective oral presentation of such research and writing.