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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts (B.F.A.)


A student pursuing a B.F.A. degree with a major in theatre arts must declare one of the following emphases.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Emphasis 1. Acting


Requirements in School (81)


  • Theatre Arts Core (see above)

Select from the following courses (3)


Special Requirements


Passing an audition and interview is required for preliminary admission to the B.F.A. emphasis in acting. Formal acceptance to the B.F.A. emphasis in acting will be by interview, audition, and review of the student’s work and must be completed before the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. One probationary semester beyond this point may be allowed under extraordinary circumstances or in the case of certain transfer candidates. Students failing to maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in their acting courses (acting, voice, movement) will not be permitted to perform in any production sponsored by the school. Private individual reviews, followed up by written synopses of such reviews will be held at least once a year to monitor the progress of the student. The performance faculty review committee reserves the right to place on casting probation or discontinue the candidacy of any B.F.A. major in the acting emphasis who shows unsatisfactory progress as determined by the committee.

All students in the acting emphasis are required to do one season of internship or repertory with SummerNITE, the School of Theatre and Dance professional company.

Students pursuing the B.F.A., Emphasis 1. Acting must complete one semester of THEA 395C, Design/Technology/Stage Management as part of the three semester hours of THEA 395 required for the degree.

The school also reserves the right to require the passing of an audition and interview if there is doubt about acceptance of transfer credits (in lieu of particular courses in the area of study)

Total Hours for Emphasis 1, Acting: 81


Emphasis 2. Design and Technology


Special Requirements


An interview is required for preliminary admission to the B.F.A. emphasis in design and technology. Portfolio reviews are required for retention in the design and technology emphasis. Reviews will be held each spring semester to monitor the progress of the student. Formal acceptance to the B.F.A. emphasis in design and technology must be completed before the end of the second semester of the sophomore year.

Students pursuing the B.F.A., Emphasis 2. Design and Technology must complete three semester hours of THEA 395C, Design/Technology/Stage Management in production areas as determined by the design and technology faculty.

The school also reserves the right to require a portfolio examination if there is doubt about acceptance of transfer credits (in lieu of particular courses in the major area).

Total Hours for Emphasis 2, Design and Technology: 82


Emphasis 3. Dance Performance


Course work is shared by the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the School of Theatre and Dance.

Requirements in Department and School (74)


  • Theatre Arts Core (see above)

Other Requirements (9)


The following courses are available for general education credit.

Special Requirements


Students in the B.F.A. emphasis in dance performance are required to audition each semester for performance opportunities.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Emphasis 3. Dance Performance must complete one semester of THEA 395C, Design/Technology/Stage Management. Students in dance performance are required to enroll in TH-D 377, Dance Performance, every term.

A proficiency review will be conducted before the completion of 18 semester hours in the B.F.A. emphasis in dance performance for formal acceptance into the degree program.

The dance division of the School of Theatre and Dance reserves the right to place on probation or to discontinue the B.F.A. dance performance emphasis of any student who shows unsatisfactory progress as determined by the dance faculty.

Total Hours for Emphasis 3, Dance Performance: 81