Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts
in Theater Arts and English

(A total of 62 credits, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128 credits)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts and English is a vital and vibrant major for those who are seeking a degree in theater in preparation for careers in a wide spectrum of the entertainment industry, including theater, television and filmmaking, or for graduate study in theater and media studies.

Students pursuing the B.A. in Theater Arts and English at Arcadia University benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to the art form. The goal of the program is to immerse students in the study of theater in the context of a broader exposure to the study of culture and society, in keeping with the philosophy of a liberal arts education.

Theater Arts majors participate actively in the life of the University through numerous campus productions of the Theater Arts program. Theater students also benefit from Arcadia University’s proximity to Philadelphia’s cultural community, and to New York City. Departmental outings bring students to noteworthy professional productions. Students gain experience in local theatre, film and television companies through internships.

Common Curriculum

1. For all concentrations: (14 credits)

  • TH 101 Voice and Speech I
  • TH 102 Voice and Speech II
  • TH 150 Improvisation
  • TH 191 Stage Practicum and Crew I
  • TH 192 Stage Practicum and Crew II
  • TH 199 Theater History
  • TH 165 Method Acting

2. Four courses in Theater Arts from the following, chosen with approval of the adviser (16 credits):

  • TH 261 Stage Design and Lighting
  • TH 262 Costume Design
  • TH 275 Acting and Directing for the Camera
  • TH 330 Directing
  • TH 341 Acting in Modern Theater
  • TH 350 Playwriting
  • TH 365 Children’s Theater

3. Three courses chosen from the following, with the approval of the adviser (12 credits):

  • EN 199 Interpreting Literature
  • EN 212 Writing Poetry and Fiction I
  • EN 233 Shakespeare
  • CM 319 Writing for Television
  • EN/TH 361 Seminar: Modern Drama
  • CM 101 Introduction to Media Studies
  • CM 150 Introduction to Film
  • CM 250 Visual Cultures
  • CM 275 Video Production I

4. Concentration electives (12 credits)

In addition to the common curriculum, students must select at least one of the following concentrations and complete an additional 12 credits: Directing for Stage and Film, Play and Screenwriting, Theater Design, Theater and Film Criticism, Drama Therapy, Arts Administration or Theater in Education.

5. TH 370 Career Internship in Theater Arts

6. TH 490 Advanced Workshop in Theater

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