UT Dallas 2017 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Arts and Humanities

Visual and Performing Arts with Theatre Concentration (BA)

Students who complete the major in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) pursue an interdisciplinary study of the arts by selecting among courses in historical context, studio practice, performance ensemble, creative writing, and ideas and interpretation of the arts. In the VPA core course, students will experience the theory and practice of the arts in a workshop setting and, in studio or ensemble courses, will gain practical experience in at least one area of the visual or performing arts or creative writing. Courses in the historical context and interpretation of the arts will enable students to understand how style, subject matter, and materials may respond to different motivations and purposes. Students may also choose to enroll in courses associated with concentrations in communication, dance, theatre, film, music, or visual arts.

Since the following catalog course descriptions are very general, students are urged to consult the detailed course descriptions available on the web site for the School of Arts and Humanities.

Unless otherwise noted, courses in Visual and Performing Arts are open to all students in the University.

Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with Theatre Concentration

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)1

View an Example of Degree Requirements by Semester

Faculty

Professors: Fred I. Curchack, Thomas P. Riccio

Clinical Assistant Professor: Shelby Hibbs

Senior Lecturer: Kathy Lingo

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication

RHET 1302 Rhetoric

Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

Choose one course from the following:

MATH 1306 College Algebra for the Non-Scientist

MATH 1314 College Algebra

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Mathematics core courses

Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences core courses

Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours

Choose one course from the following:

HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities

LIT 2331 Masterpieces of World Literature

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 2316 History of Philosophy I

PHIL 2317 History of Philosophy II

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture core courses

Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours

Choose one course from the following:

ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts

AHST 1303 Survey of Western Art History: Ancient to Medieval

AHST 1304 Survey of Western Art History: Renaissance to Modern

AHST 2331 Understanding Art

DANC 1310 Understanding Dance

THEA 1310 Understanding Theatre

FILM 2332 Understanding Film

MUSI 1306 Understanding Music

MUSI 2322 Music in Western Civilization

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Choose two courses from the following:

HIST 1301 U.S. History Survey to Civil War

HIST 1302 U.S. History Survey from Civil War

HIST 2301 History of Texas

HIST 2330 Themes and Ideas in American History

HIST 2332 Civil War and Reconstruction

Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

GOVT 2305 American National Government

GOVT 2306 State and Local Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours

Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences core courses

Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours

Choose two courses from the following or other Component Area Option courses:

ARHM 2340 Creativity

ARHM 2342 Connections in the Arts and Humanities

ARHM 2343 Science and the Humanities

ARHM 2344 World Cultures

Or any 6 hours of Component Area Option courses

II. Major Requirements, Lower-Division: 9 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum

THEA 1310 Understanding Theatre

3 semester credit hours from a THEA studio course, including:

THEA 1351 Acting 1

THEA 1352 Acting 2

THEA 2311 Topics in Theatre

THEA 2364 Musical Theatre Workshop

THEA 2371 Technical Theatre

THEA 2372 Improvisation

THEA 2373 Languages of the Body

THEA 2V71 Independent Study in Theatre

THEA 2350 Voice for the Actor

3 semester credit hours from a THEA/DANC/MUSI studio ensemble course

III. Major Requirements, Upper-Division: 42 semester credit hours

Major Core Courses: 9 semester credit hours

AP 3300 Elements of Art and Performance

ARHM 3342 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Humanities

AP 3340 Writing in the Arts

Major Distribution and Elective Courses: 24 semester credit hours

THEA 3323 Performance in Historical Context

3 semester credit hours from the following:

THEA 3310 Theatre/Performance Ensemble

THEA 3324 Technical Theatre 2

THEA 3325 Directing

THEA 3351 Light Design

THEA 3372 Advanced Improvisation

3 semester credit hours from the following:

THEA 3342 Advanced Topics in Theatre

THEA 3356 Acting 3

THEA 3361 Performing Shakespeare

THEA 3372 Advanced Improvisation

THEA 4301 Acting for Film and Video

THEA 4342 Advanced Topics in Technical Theatre

6 semester credit hours of upper-division THEA studio/ensemble courses (THEA 3380 suggested), including:

THEA 3310 Theatre/Performance Ensemble

THEA 3323 Performance in Historical Context

THEA 3324 Technical Theatre 2

THEA 3325 Directing

THEA 3342 Advanced Topics in Theatre

THEA 3351 Light Design

THEA 3356 Acting 3

THEA 3372 Advanced Improvisation

THEA 3380 Theatre and Literature

THEA 4301 Acting for Film and Video

THEA 4310 Theatre Internship

THEA 4V71 Independent Study in Theatre

THEA 4342 Advanced Topics in Technical Theatre

6 semester credit hours of upper-division THEA/DANC/MUSI courses

3 semester credit hours of upper-division Visual and Performing Arts elective

Students may select any combination of upper-division courses in Arts and Humanities, Humanities, Historical Studies, Philosophy, Literature, and/or Languages.

IV. Elective Requirements: 27 semester credit hours

Free Electives: 27 semester credit hours

Both upper- and lower-division courses may be used as electives, but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses in other performance areas, such as dance and music.

Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of ARHM 1100.1

1. Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of UNIV 1010 and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.

2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

Updated: 2017-06-28 11:21:39
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