THEATRE ARTS - Dept. Code:  THA
www.as.miami.edu/theatrearts


INTRODUCTION

The University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts offers two distinct undergraduate degrees: a liberal arts program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and a pre-professional conservatory-based theatre training program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in either Acting, Musical theatre, Stage Management, Theatre Management, or Design/Production.   

The Department also produces a season of plays and musicals at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre as well as workshops and student projects in the Studio Theatre. 


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The mission of the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts is to equip students to work in professional theatre, film and television or to gain admission to the best professional graduate programs.

Our graduates will be capable of applying theatrical techniques without guidance and will be capable of making independent creative judgment.  Our broad aim in theatre training is professional excellence combined with depth of human understanding, freedom of expression and imagination in communication for all practitioners of the art and craft of theatre. 


DEGREE PROGRAMS

THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE


MAJOR

THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
All students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts must take the following courses with a grade of C- or higher in all Theatre Arts classes and an overall GPA of 2.0 or above. All classes listed as THA (with the exception of THA 101) are eligible to be counted towards the BA Theatre Arts degree.  The student needs a minimum of 36 credits drawn from the requirements listed below.

All Bachelor of Arts Candidates have 18 credits of core classes that must be completed.  The Core Classes are:
THA 105 or 106 (only one will be counted), 141/143, 142/144, 381, 481, and 482.

Additionally, students must complete 18 more credits of elective classes:
9 credits at the 200 level or higher level
6 credits at the 300 level or higher level
3 credits at the 400 level
Transfer students have a residency requirement of 18 Theatre Arts credits on campus.

Please note THA 101 (Intro to Theatre) is NOT for Theatre Arts MAJORS .

The State of Florida recognizes the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees as meeting the Theatre Arts subject area requirements for teaching at the secondary level. In addition to earning the BA or BFA degree in Theatre, students desiring to teach in the field of Theatre Arts should complete the required education credits in order to be certified by the state.

THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the University, the student seeking admission to the BFA program must meet the following requirements of the Department of Theatre Arts:

1. Submission of a special supplementary application to the Department of Theatre Arts. (This form is located on the Department of Theatre Arts website under “Prospective Students.)

2. An audition or interview/portfolio review to determine acceptance into the program. These audition/reviews will be held three times on the University of Miami campus as well as in major cities throughout the United States.

3. Design/technical production, stage management and theatre management students will be accepted into these programs on a probationary basis following an interview/portfolio review. Permanent acceptance into these programs will be made at the end of the first year by a thorough examination of the student’s portfolio.

Transfer students must follow the same entering procedures as freshmen and should realize that placement into the program will be determined by the Theatre Arts faculty. Candidates cannot transfer into the design/technical production, stage management and theatre management BFA degree program beyond their sophomore year, unless approved by the head of the appropriate program. Transfer students are not allowed into the performance or musical BFA degree programs unless they are willing to begin on the freshman level in their conservatory curriculum.

The candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts must satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements.

Each BFA student will be evaluated by the faculty at the end of each semester. This evaluation will determine if the student is invited to continue in the program. Additional evaluations will take place each time a student is involved in a project.

In Theatre Arts Department courses a cumulative 2.7 grade point average is required to remain in the BFA program. A Theatre Arts major must maintain a minimum grade of C- or higher in each required course outside the theatre. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic standing may result in the student being placed on academic probation by the Department and eventually to dismissal from the program.

Theatre Arts courses are progressive in nature and students must successfully complete each course in sequence. Failure to pass the requirements of any particular class in the conservatory may result in the student’s dismissal from the program.

Production activities and discipline within the Department will be governed by a student handbook, available on the Department website (www.miami.edu/tha).

Musical Theatre and Acting Majors will be admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program only in the fall of each academic year.
The following pages specify the course requirements for each area of the BFA program.


DESIGN/TECHNICAL PRODUCTION CURRICULUM
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
THA 141 Intro to Scene Design/Stage Craft (Lecture)   2 THA 143 Introduction to Theatre Crafts I (Lab)   1
ART 101 Intro to Drawing I                           3
THA 365 Principles of Stage Management   3
CIS 150 Business Analytics                           3 15 Second Semester
THA 142 Intro to Costume/Lighting Design (Lecture)   2
THA 144 Introduction to Theatre Crafts II (Lab)   1
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
Art 105 Figure Drawing                               3
Liberal Arts/Math   3
THA 364 Introduction to Producing and Managing
Theatre   3
THA 105 Intro to Acting                               3
18
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
THA 241 Advanced Theatre Crafts   3
THA 243 Intro to Drawing for the Theatre             3
THA 381 Play Analysis I   3
Liberal Arts/Math                                     3
Liberal Arts                                           3
COS 211 Public Speaking                             3
18 Second Semester
THA 242 Drafting for the Theatre         3
THA 386 History of Fashion 3
THA 382 Play Analysis II 3
THA 244 Advanced Drawing for the Theatre           3
Liberal Arts                                         3
15
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 343 Costume Design                             3
THA 344 Lighting Design                             3
THA 385 History of Décor                             3
THA 481 Theatre History I                           3
Liberal Arts   3
15 Second Semester
THA 442 Design Studio II               3
THA 342 Scenic Design                               3
THA 482 Theatre History II                           3
Liberal Arts   3
Theatre Elective   3
15
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 441 Design Studio I           3
THA 401 Internship   3
THA 461 Play Direction I                             3
Liberal Arts   3
Theatre Elective   3
Theatre Elective                                     3
18 Second Semester
THA 442 Design Studio II           3
THA 402 Internship   3
Theatre Elective   3
Theatre Elective   3
Theatre Elective         3
15

Notes:

1. THA 441 Design Studio I can be taken twice for a maximum of 6 credits.
2. THA 442 Design Studio II can be taken twice for a maximum of 6 credits. 

3. Theatre Elective – must be a 200 level or above course.

4. ART 107 is highly recommended.

MUSICAL THEATRE CURRICULUM
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
THA 111 Acting I-A 2
THA 113 Movement I-A 2
THA 116 Dance I-A 2
THA 120 Freshman Studio I 1
THA 131 Musical Theatre Skills I                     2
THA 141 Intro to Scene Design/Stage Craft (Lecture) 2
THA 143 Introduction to Theatre Crafts I (Lab) 1
THA 198 Voice and Speech           2
THA 196 Singing for the Stage I-A                   1
THA 191 Introd Applied Musical Theatre Voice I       1
        16 Second Semester
THA 112 Acting I-B (Script Analysis) 2
THA 114 Movement I-B 2
THA 117 Dance I-B 2
THA 121 Freshman Studio II 1
THA 132 Musical Theatre Skills II                   2
THA 142 Intro to Costume/Lighting Design (Lecture) 2
THA 144 Introduction to Theatre Crafts II (Lab) 1
THA 197 Singing for the Stage I-B       1
THA 199 Voice and Speech         2
THA 192 Introd Applied Musical Theatre Voice II     1
        16
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
THA 211 Acting II-A   2
THA 216 Dance II-A   1
THA 296 Singing for the Stage II-A                   1
THA 298 Voice and Speech II-A   1
Elective                   3
THA 291 Beg. Applied Music Theatre Voice I           2
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
THA 200 Advanced Musical Skills I                     2
15 Second Semester
THA 212 Acting II-B   2
THA 217 Dance II-B   2
THA 297 Singing for the Stage II-B           1
THA 299 Voice and Speech II-B   2
THA 292 Beg. Applied Music Theatre Voice II           2
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students   3
THA 300 Advanced Musical Skills II                   2
17

JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 311 Acting III-A 2
THA 313 Movement III-A 1
THA 316 Dance III-A 2
THA 396 Singing for the Stage III-A                 1
THA 398 Voice and Speech III-A 1
THA 481 Theatre History I 3
THA 391 Interm. Applied Music Theatre Voice I       2
Liberal Arts 3
Liberal Arts 3
        18 Second Semester
THA 312 Acting III-B   2
THA 314 Movement II-B   1
THA 317 Dance III-B   2
THA 399 Voice and Speech III-B   1
THA 482 Theatre History II   3
THA 316 Auditioning I                               2
THA 392 Interm. Applied Music Theatre Voice II       2
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts   3
                  19
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 431 Musical Theatre Styles I   3
*THA 411 Acting IV-A   2
THA 416 Auditioning-II   2
*THA 461 Play Direction I   3
*THA 413 Movement III-A Stage Combat             2
THA 491 Adv. Applied Music Theatre Voice I           2
Liberal Arts or THA 400 Acting for the Camera+   3
*THA 316 Dance III-A           3
20 Second Semester
THA 432 Musical Theatre Styles II   3
*THA 412 Acting IV-B   2
*THA 414 Movement III-B Stage Combat             2
THA 420 Senior Studio   3
THA 492 Adv. Applied Music Theatre Voice II           2
Liberal Arts or THA 400 Acting for the Camera+   3
Electives   3
18

* optional but recommended
+: Acting for the Camera is required and must be taken in the Senior Year

 

 

 

 


ACTING CURRICULUM
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
THA 111 Acting I-A   2
THA 113 Movement I-A   2
THA 116 Dance 1-A                                   2
THA 120 Freshman Studio I   2
THA 141 Intro to Scene Design/Stage Craft (Lecture)   2
THA 143 Introduction to Theatre Crafts I (Lab)   1
THA 198 Voice and Speech I-A   2
THA 294 Singing for Actors                           2
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
        18 Second Semester
THA 112 Acting I-B (Script Analysis   2
THA 114 Movement I-B   2
THA 117 Dance 1-B                                   2
THA 121 Freshman Studio II   2
THA 142 Intro to Costume/Lighting Design (Lecture)   2
THA 144 Introduction to Theatre Crafts II (Lab)   1
THA 199 Voice and Speech I-B                       2
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
      17-18
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
THA 211 Acting II-A   2
THA 298 Voice and Speech II-A   1
THA 347 Make-Up   3
THA 381 Play Analysis I   3
Theatre Requirement or Theatre Elective             2-3
Liberal Arts   3
      14-15 Second Semester
THA 212 Acting II-B   2
THA 299 Voice and Speech II-B   2
THA 382 Play Analysis II   3
Theatre Requirement                               2-3
Theatre Elective                                   2-3
Liberal Arts   3
      14-16
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 311 Acting III-A   2
THA 313 Movement III-A   1
THA 398 Voice and Speech III-A   1
THA 481 Theatre History I   3
Theatre Requirement or Theatre Elective             2-3
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts   3
      15-16 Second Semester
THA 312 Acting III-B   2
THA 314 Movement II-B   1
THA 399 Voice and Speech III-B   1
THA 315 Auditioning I                               2
THA 482 Theatre History II   3
Theatre Requirement or Theatre Elective             2-3
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts   3
      17-18
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 411 Acting IV-A   2
THA 413 Movement III-A (Stage Combat)            2
THA 416 Auditioning-II   2
THA 461 Play Direction I   3
Theatre Requirement                               2-3
Theatre Elective         2-3
Liberal Arts   3
      16-18 Second Semester
THA 412 Acting IV-B   2
THA 414 Movement III-B (Stage Combat)            2
THA 420 Senior Studio   3
Theatre Requirement or Elective         2-3
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts   3
      15-16
Acting Majors must complete 4 additional Requirement Courses and 6 Elective Courses

REQUIREMENTS
THA 294 Singing for Actors                           2
CBR 233 Television Performance                     3
THA 400 Acting for the Camera                       3
Another approved singing Class                       3
THA 356 Improvisational Acting                       3
THA 364 The Theatre Industry                       3
ELECTIVES
THA 116 Beginning Dance and/or
Another approved dance class                     1-3*
Other approved singing class            
THA 195 Singing for Actors I                         2
THA 251 and/or 252 Scene Study                   3*
THA or MVP 295 Singing for Actors II-B1             2
THA 352 Singing for the Musical Theatre             3*
OR THA 431 Musical Theatre Styles I                 2
THA 432 Musical Theatre Styles II                   2
THA 455 Acting for the Camera                     3
THA 462 Directing for the Stage                     3*
THA 466 Theatrical Unions                           3
THA 375 Playwriting                               3*
THA 365 Principles of Stage Management           3
CBR 592 Special Topics in Broadcasting             3
OR Other approved courses
* indicates recommended

STAGE MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
THA 365 Principles of Stage Management   3
THA 141 Introduction to Theatre Crafts I (Lecture)   2
THA 143 Introduction to Theatre Crafts I (Lab)   1
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
MTC 109 Music Theory Skills I                         3
Liberal Arts                                           3
15 Second Semester
THA 105 Introduction to Acting           3
THA 142 Intro to Costume/Lighting Design (Lecture)   2
THA 144 Introduction to Theatre Crafts II (Lab)   1
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
CIS 150 Business Analytics                           3
Liberal Arts/Math   3
15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
THA 459 Stage Management Practicum   3
THA 243 Intro to Drawing for the Theatre             3
THA 364 The Theatre Industry                   3
THA 381 Play Analysis I   3
Liberal Arts/Math             3
Liberal Arts   3
MVP 210 Score Reading for SM Major                 1
19 Second Semester
THA 463 Advanced Stage Management I   3
THA 242 Drafting for the Theatre     3
THA 382 Play Analysis II           3
COS 112 Interpersonal Communication           3
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts                                           3
18
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 459 Stage Management Practicum   3
THA 241 Advanced Theatre Crafts   3
THA 461 Play Direction I   3
THA 481 Theatre History I                           3
THA 344 Lighting Design                             3
Theatre Elective                   3
18 Second Semester
THA 464 Advanced Stage Management II   3
THA 462 Play Direction II   3
THA 482 Theatre History II                           3
COS 211 Public Speaking                             3
Theatre Elective                         3
THA Management Course (THA 369, THA 467   3
THA 469 are recommended)
18
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 459 Stage Management Practicum   3
THA 466 Theatre Management II (Unions)            3
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts   3
THA Elective   3
KIN 145 Responding to Emergencies (1st Aid)          2
17 Second Semester
THA 420 Senior Studio   3
THA 401 Internship   3
THA 402 Internship   3
Liberal Arts   3
Theatre Elective                                     3
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior                     3
18

NOTE:

1. All Stage Management majors are required to participate in a production capacity in one show per semester for all eight semesters.

2. All Stage Management majors are required to stage manage or assistant stage manage one show in each year in their Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. This management assignment doubles as their production assignment for that particular semester.

3. THA 459 Stage Management Practicum can be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits.

4.  THA Elective must be a 200 level or above course unless otherwise approved by Stage Management Faculty.

 

 

 

THEATRE MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
THA 141 Intro to Scene Design/Stage Craft (Lecture)   2
THA 143 Introduction to Theatre Crafts I (Lab)   1
THA 365 Principles of Stage Management   3
ENG 105 English Composition I   3
CAP 116 Introduction to Public Relations in Society   3
CIS 150 Introduction to Computer Information
Systems   3
15 Second Semester
THA 142 Intro to Costume/Lighting Design (Lecture)   2
THA 144 Introduction to Theatre Crafts II (Lab)   1
THA 364 The Theatre Industry           3
ENG 106 English Composition II   3
THA 244 Drawing for the Theatre II   3
MTH 101 Algebra for College Students   3
CAP 232 Promotional Writing   3
18
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
THA 105 Introduction to Acting   3
THA 366 Theatre Management Practicum   3
THA 381 Play Analysis I   3
ACC 211 Principles of Financial Accounting   3
CAP 202 Graphics for Promotional Media   3
Liberal Arts   3
18 Second Semester
THA 367 Theatre Management Practicum   3
THA 382 Play Analysis II   3
BSL 212 Introduction to Business Law   3
CIS 316 Microcomputer Business Applications   3
ECO 211 Economic Principles and Problems   3
Liberal Arts   3
18
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 401 Internship   3
THA 461 Play Direction I   3
THA 465 Theatre Management I   3
COS 333 Business Communication   3
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior   3
Liberal Arts   3
18 Second Semester
THA 402 Internship   3
THA 467 Theatre Management III   3
MKT 301 Marketing Foundations   3
MGT 307 Advanced Organizational Behavior   3
Liberal Arts   3
Liberal Arts   3
18
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
THA 403 Internship   3
THA 463 Advanced Stage Management I   3
THA 466 Theatre Management II   3
THA 481 Theatre History I   3
MGT 302 Human Resource Management   3
Liberal Arts   3
18 Second Semester
THA 404 Internship   3
THA 482 Theatre History II   3
THA 468 Theatre Management IV   3
MGT 353 The Organization and Operation of the
Small Business   3
Elective   3
Liberal Arts   3
18

 

MINOR

MINOR IN THEATRE ARTS
A minor in Theatre Arts consists of 15 credits of Theatre Arts classes with a minimum grade of C- in each course and an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.