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

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

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 & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Degree Requirements

Theatre Studies
THET 191First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts2
THET 160Theatre Fundamentals3
THET 170World Theatre and Drama (GEF 8)3
THET 230Text Analysis3
THET 301History of Western Theatre (GEF 8)3
THET 302Directing3
THET 365Traditions of Dramatic Literature (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)3
THET 404Playwriting3
THET 460Contemporary Drama3
Design & Technical
THET 103Stagecraft3
THET 104Stagecraft Lab1
THET 105Costuming3
THET 106Costuming Lab1
THET 113Stage Management Principles1
THET 220Fundamentals of Lighting3
THET 221Theatre Makeup3
THET 225Introduction to Stage Design 13
THET 226Introduction to Stage Design 23
THET 321Stage Properties3
THET 422Advanced Stage Makeup3
THET 423Costume Crafts3
Puppetry and Performance
THET 144Fundamentals of Acting (GEF 6)3
THET 240Fundamental Vocal Techniques2
THET 242Fundamentals of Movement2
THET 375Puppet Construction3
THET 461Creative Dramatics3
THET 462Puppetry3
THET 464Children's Theatre3
Production Practicum (Repeat two times for 2 credit hours total)
Advanced Production Practicum (Repeat three times for 3 credit hours total)
THET 401Capstone Experience3
Open Electives12
University GEF Requirements25
Total Hours120

Actual number of credits will be determined by the number and level of the elected GEF courses.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
THET 1912THET 144 (GEF 6)3
THET 103
THET 104
4THET 105
THET 106
THET 1603ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
THET 1131THET 2203
THET 170 (GEF 8)3GEF 43
GEF 33 
 16 16
Second Year
THET 2001THET 2001
THET 2402THET 2422
THET 2253THET 2263
THET 2303THET 2213
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3THET 301 (GEF 8)3
GEF 24GEF 53
 16 15
Third Year
THET 3023THET 3753
THET 3653THET 4623
THET 4613THET 4043
THET 4001THET 4001
Elective 3Elective3
 GEF 73
 13 16
Fourth Year
THET 4001THET 3213
THET 4233THET 4013
THET 4603THET 4643
Electives6THET 4223
 GEF 83
 13 15
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.

  1. An overview understanding of the major aspects, techniques, and directions in the area of concentration.

  2. Fundamental, comprehensive understanding of the various elements and basic interrelated processes of creation, interpretation, performance, and production.

  3. Fundamental, conceptual understanding of the expressive possibilities of theatre.

  4. Knowledge and skills sufficient to work in both collaborative and individual roles in matters of theatre interpretation.

  5. 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.

  6. Repertory. Students must acquire:

    1. Familiarity with theatre literature of various historical periods, cultural sources, and

      modes of presentation.

    2. Experience with specific repertories and comparative standards of production quality through performance, academic study, and attendance at productions.

  7. Theoretical and Historical Studies

    1. Students must acquire:

      1. The ability to analyze plays perceptively and to evaluate them critically.

      2. 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.

      3. 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.

      4. The ability to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.

    2. Technology. Students must acquire a working knowledge of technologies and equipment applicable to their area(s) of specialization.

  8. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.