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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts, B.A.

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Minimum hours required for major: 42

Minimum hours required for minor: 22

The major in Theatre Arts is designed to enable students to study theatre for the purpose of entering the professional theatre as actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians. It also serves as a foundation for students who wish to enter graduate school to further their study of theatre in a practical or academic context.

Theatre at Cleveland State is viewed in the liberal-arts tradition as being part of the cultural heritage of our civilization. In both its practice and its content, theatre is relevant to 21st-century life in all phases. Through classes and strong production orientation, students with this major can expect improvement in oral expression; motor skills; increased understanding of themselves and others; and illumination of major social, political, philosophical, moral, and psychological issues.



A minimum total number of 128 credit hours are required for every student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All degree seeking, CLASS students must complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) requirements which are comprised of University and College requirements.  This is in addition to the credits for their major field of study. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements. Students are highly encouraged to consult with both their general education advisor and faculty advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses each semester. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University’s General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/summarytable.html.

Major-Field Requirements

All Dramatic Arts majors are required to successfully complete a minimum of 42 credit hours consisting of the core curriculum (23 hours) and one specialization track (19 to 26 hours).

Core Curriculum to be completed by graduation:

Total: 23 Credits

Specialization tracks:

1. Acting track:

The acting track focuses on acting skills while emphasizing the relation of acting to the ancillary disciplines that directly affect the actor. An actor should know and understand the work of the director and the various designers and artisans of the "technical theatre" in order to meet the challenges of a professional career or graduate education.

Total: 24 Credits

2. Directing track:

The successful director is one who is able to make informed decisions about every aspect of production from acting and design to movement and staging. The emphasis on directing courses augments a broad range of necessary skills courses needed to pursue an academic or professional career.

Total: 19 Credits

3. Technical Theatre track

A designer needs to know the various collaborations necessary to the creative process. A successful designer will understand the actor's and director's process in order to successfully create and communicate his or her ideas. Practical experience and a portfolio are essentials for both the professional theatre and admission to a graduate program in technical theatre.

Subtotal: 11 credit hours

a. Costuming subtrack: 8 credits

b. Scene Design subtrack: 8 credits

Total Technical Theatre Track 19 to 21 credit hours

4. Playwriting track:

"Playwrights who know nothing of the practical aspects of the theatre are writing for the closet not the stage." -- George Bernard Shaw.  This major track, designed in collaboration with Creative Writing, will be a unique program focusing on plays in performance.

Total: 20 credit hours

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