College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Learning Outcomes

Ability to comprehend, articulate and execute aesthetic ideas and concepts

  • Theatre majors work on a daily basis with problem-solving, critical thinking, aesthetic evaluation and artistic conceptualization in the areas of theory and analysis as well the pragmatic concerns of production.
  • Students can list the major theoretical approaches to theatrical production and literature.
  • Students can describe the key theories, concepts, and issues for each of the major theoretical approaches. Students can combine theoretical approaches as they apply to theatre production.

Ability to understand theatre within its historical and cultural contexts – both locally and globally

  • Theatre majors are expected to understand the broad cultural history of the theatre as well as the historical outline of its major figures, events and movements.  The theatre reflects and comments upon the civilization within which it practices. Implied in this understanding is the ability to perceive and practice Theatre with an awareness of its outreach into all communities.
  • Students can list the major historical and cultural approaches to theatre, and state where they occur within the body of literature.
  • Students can apply these principles to specific scripts and productions.

Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively

  • Theatre majors develop skills that allow them to become collaborative artists. Communication is inherent to the nature and process of creating theatre; interpersonal skills are vital to the collaborative evolution from aesthetic concept through to its execution.
  • Students can evaluate the needs and desires of the group, combine these needs and concepts into a process, and communicate resulting problems and solutions effectively, using standard theoretical strategies.

Organization and Leadership

  • Theatre majors develop the ability to organize and lead collaborative efforts in the classroom and by participating in departmental productions where they assume various responsibilities for public performances. Theatre is a practical and logistical process involving the contributions of a great number and variety of practitioner’s, therefore organizational skills are required at every level in the process.
  • Student can demonstrate knowledge of the standard operating procedures involved in theatrical production.
  • Student can apply these procedures to the theatrical collaborative process.
  • They must also be able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the procedures used and adapt accordingly.

Production and Performance competencies

  • Majors in Theatre Arts develop the foundational skills of theatrical practice in Acting, Designing, Directing, Technical Production, and/or Theatre Management. Further study and practical implementation in the studio and/or in production allow students to continue to develop these skills towards professional standards.
  • Has demonstrated the ability to carry a project from its initial planning and conception through all the appropriate stages to its completion.
  • Can apply creative concepts of the discipline, as introduced in the classroom and developed in the studio or rehearsal.
  • Has developed an ability to synthesize the theoretical concepts into practical applications within the discipline.