B.F.A. in Puppetry
The B.F.A. course work includes intensive study in children’s theatre, the practice of puppetry as a theatrical art form, and educational and creative dramatic activity as methods of learning and self-development for children. In addition to a broad-based curriculum in theatre studies, students work under the direction of a faculty member to operate a complete puppetry theatre with comprehensive study in a variety of construction, manipulation, historical study, and performance techniques. The School's Puppet Mobile tours the region while children’s theatre productions provide hands-on experience and performance opportunities.
Puppetry graduates work for the following prestigious companies: Walt Disney, Grey Seal Puppet Company, Little Who Productions, Puppet Pizzazz, Houston Children’s Festival, Theatre West Virginia, The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Holden Puppets, Kids on the Block, and Nashville Sesame Street Live Touring.
General Education FOUNDATIONS
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
|THET 191||First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts||2|
|THET 160||Theatre Fundamentals||3|
|THET 170||World Theatre and Drama (GEF 8)||3|
|THET 230||Text Analysis||3|
|THET 301||History of Western Theatre (GEF 8)||3|
|THET 365||Traditions of Dramatic Literature (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)||3|
|THET 460||Contemporary Drama||3|
|Design & Technical|
|THET 104||Stagecraft Lab||1|
|THET 106||Costuming Lab||1|
|THET 113||Stage Management Principles||1|
|THET 220||Fundamentals of Lighting||3|
|THET 221||Theatre Makeup||3|
|THET 225||Introduction to Stage Design 1||3|
|THET 226||Introduction to Stage Design 2||3|
|THET 321||Stage Properties||3|
|THET 422||Advanced Stage Makeup||3|
|THET 423||Costume Crafts||3|
|Puppetry and Performance|
|THET 144||Fundamentals of Acting (GEF 6)||3|
|THET 240||Fundamental Vocal Techniques||2|
|THET 242||Fundamentals of Movement||2|
|THET 375||Puppet Construction||3|
|THET 461||Creative Dramatics||3|
|THET 464||Children's Theatre||3|
|Production Practicum (Repeat two times for 2 credit hours total)|
|Advanced Production Practicum (Repeat three times for 3 credit hours total)|
|THET 401||Capstone Experience||3|
|University GEF Requirements||25|
Actual number of credits will be determined by the number and level of the elected GEF courses.
Suggested Plan of Study
|THET 191||2||THET 144 (GEF 6)||3|
& THET 104
& THET 106
|THET 160||3||ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3|
|THET 113||1||THET 220||3|
|THET 170 (GEF 8)||3||GEF 4||3|
|THET 200||1||THET 200||1|
|THET 240||2||THET 242||2|
|THET 225||3||THET 226||3|
|THET 230||3||THET 221||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||THET 301 (GEF 8)||3|
|GEF 2||4||GEF 5||3|
|THET 302||3||THET 375||3|
|THET 365||3||THET 462||3|
|THET 461||3||THET 404||3|
|THET 400||1||THET 400||1|
|THET 400||1||THET 321||3|
|THET 423||3||THET 401||3|
|THET 460||3||THET 464||3|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Goals
Common Body of Knowledge and Skills for B.F.A. Theatre students
Students must acquire:
Technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one major area of production (for example, acting, design/technology, playwriting, musical theatre) and those skills must be progressively developed to the highest level appropriate to the particular area of concentration.
An overview understanding of the major aspects, techniques, and directions in the area of concentration.
Fundamental, comprehensive understanding of the various elements and basic interrelated processes of creation, interpretation, performance, and production.
Fundamental, conceptual understanding of the expressive possibilities of theatre.
Knowledge and skills sufficient to work in both collaborative and individual roles in matters of theatre interpretation.
Growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular performance and production experiences. Students must have such experiences throughout the degree program.
Repertory. Students must acquire:
Familiarity with theatre literature of various historical periods, cultural sources, and
modes of presentation.
Experience with specific repertories and comparative standards of production quality through performance, academic study, and attendance at productions.
Theoretical and Historical Studies
Students must acquire:
The ability to analyze plays perceptively and to evaluate them critically.
An understanding of the common elements and vocabulary of theatre and of the interaction of these elements, and be able to employ this knowledge in analysis, including analyses of their productions.
The ability to place works of theatre in historical and stylistic contexts and have some understanding of the cultural milieu in which they were created.
The ability to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.
Technology. Students must acquire a working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization.
Synthesis. While synthesis is a lifetime process, by the end of undergraduate studies students should be able to work independently on a variety of professional problems by combining, as appropriate to the issue, their capabilities in performance, repertory, theory, history, and technology, as well as other fields they have studied.
Upon completion of any B.F.A. professional undergraduate degree program:
Students must demonstrate achievement of professional, entry-level competence in the area of specialization including significant technical mastery, the capability to produce work and solve professional problems independently, and a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals that are evident in their work.
Students must demonstrate their competence by developing a body of work for evaluation in the major area of study. A senior project or presentation in the major area is required in many concentrations, and strongly recommended for all others.
Students must have the ability to communicate ideas, concepts, and requirements to theatre professionals and laypersons related to the practice of the major field. Such communication may involve oral, written, visual, and musical media.