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Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.


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The Department of Theatre at Clarion University is an undergraduate program offering both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The program provides classroom and practical experience that enriches the lives of students and produces live theatre that enhances the cultural life of the university and the surrounding community. Education takes place not only in the classroom but also in theatrical laboratories and the world at large. Practical experience through dynamic and ambitious theatrical productions supplements classroom training. Many graduates are currently working in professional theatres.


Minor programs in theatre with concentration areas of acting and technical theatre are available to students regardless of major. Participation in most departmental performance activities is open to all students regardless of major.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is open only to students through prepared audition or portfolio review. Dates for these auditions are scheduled each semester. Contact the Department of Theatre for more information.

 


Theatre (B.A.) Outcomes

  1. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.A. in Theatre will be knowledgeable of the role of Theatre in society throughout the major eras of Western History.

  2. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.A. in Theatre will have basic understanding of production methods used today.

  3. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.A. in Theatre will have knowledge of the variety of Dramatic Literature from different periods, genres and styles.

  4. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.A. in Theatre will have practical experience in production.

 

Theatre (BFA) outcomes

  1. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.F.A. in Theatre will be knowledgeable of the role of Theatre in society throughout the major eras of Western History.

  2. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.F.A. in Theatre will have demonstrated research skills and ability to put them into practice.

  3. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.F.A. in Theatre will have the ability to analyze the variety of Dramatic Literature in order to develop a critique, performance or design.

  4. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.F.A. in Theatre will have demonstrated the ability through technique and theory to communicate effectively to an audience.

  5. Students graduating from Clarion University with a B.F.A. in Theatre will be able to work cooperatively with others, contribute artistically and lead.


Requirements

Theatre, B.A. (48 credits)
Required courses: ENG 140, THE 104, 161, 253, 254, 352, nine credits chosen from THE 120, 154, 155, 201, 204, 215, 251, 301, 302, 304, 310, 311, 321, 350 or 351, 356, 361, 368, 369, 370, 461; nine credits chosen from THE 257, 260, 261, 262, 271, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 371; six credits selected from ENG 342, 343, 344, 345, 412, 413; six credits from THE 344, 359, 360.

Theatre, B.F.A (72 credits)
(1) Concentration in Acting:

Required: THE 104, 155, 161, 201, 204, 251, 253, 254, 352, 359, 360, 361, 363, 368, 369, 370, 403, 461, ENG 140; three credits selected from THE 262, 271, 364, 366, 367; and three credits from ENG 254, 263, 339, 342, 343, 344, 345, 412, 413; nine credits chosen from COOP 384, 484, THE 120, 261, 262, 271, 301, 310, 311, 321, 322, 333, 344, 350 or 351, 352, 356, 364, 366, 367, 371, 388, ENG 254, 263, 339, 342, 343, 344, 345, 412, 413, and MUS 131. Also required are an audition and an approved Graduation Project.

(2) Concentration in Musical Theatre:
Required: THE 104, 201, 204, 253, 254, 301, 304, 310, 311, 312, 350, 351, 361, 368, 403, 461, MUS 111, 125, 128, 131, 160, 161, 182, MUSA 126/226; six credits selected from THE 344, 359, 360, three credits from a combination of four credits from the following: MUSA 130/330, 131/132 or 331 and three credits from THE 161, 261, 262, 271, 322, 333, 344, 352, 356, 363, 366, 367, 370, 371, 388, 490, COOP 384, 484. Also required are an audition and an approved Graduation Project.

(3) Concentration in Technical Theatre:
Required: CMST 113; ENG 140; THE 104,161, 253, 254, 261, 262, 271, 350, 351, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364, 366, 367, 371, 404; three credits selected from ART 211, 212, HIST 111, 112, ANTH 211; (Design Track) nine credits chosen from ART 121, 124, 125, 126, 222, 224, 230, 250, 280, 355, MIVIAJ 208; six credits selected from THE 322, 344, 352, 388, ART 260, 270, ENG 130, 254; (Stage Management Track) nine credits chosen from MMAJ 101, MMAJ 208, MMAJ 320; CMST 214, 311, 312; and six credits from THE 322, 344, 352, 388, ENG 130, 202, 254, ECON 140. Also required are a portfolio review and an approved Graduation Project.

(4) Selection/Retention Standards for B.F.A/theatre majors:
Students must demonstrate potential for excellence in acting or technical design by means of an assessment audition and/or a portfolio of designs during their first semester on campus. Auditions to assess progress are held annually.

After completing a total of 60 credit hours, or prior to entering their junior year, B.F.A. students must appear before the theatre staff and demonstrate the following: a minimum 2.50 QPA in at least 12 credits within the required core curriculum and a written statement of career goals. At the time of this review, the theatre staff will inform the B.F.A. theatre student of any program deficiencies and specify a time limit for removing the deficiencies. Students who fail to meet the retention standard will be dropped from the B.F.A./theatre program. Students may appeal the decision of the theatre staff through the appropriate channels: department chair, dean, and vice president for academic affairs.

All B.F.A. candidates must complete a graduation project. The project is assigned by the faculty, or approved by the faculty if it involves an off-campus internship, and must be completed during the student’s last three semesters. Students must register for THE 403, 404, or 495 and work under the supervision of a project advisor. The goal of the B.F.A. graduation project is to provide evidence of critical thinking, enthusiasm for process, and a deep understanding of the student’s work in their specific area of concentration.

Theatre: Acting, Minor (18 credits)
Required: THE 104, 253, 254; six credits selected from THE 204, 251, 310, 352, 361, and the capstone course of either THE 359 or 360.

Theatre: Technical, Minor (18 credits)
Required: THE 104, 253; nine credits selected from THE 261, 262, 271, 362, 364, 366, 367; and the capstone course of either THE 359 or 360.