Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Theatre (TAR) with a concentration in Design (TAD)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0501 (Track 2 of 2)

College of The Arts


Major Description

Through its curriculum and production program, students have the opportunity to prepare for a professional career in the theatre or to continue their studies at the graduate level. Our exclusively undergraduate program boasts intensive studies in the disciplines of performance, design and theatre arts as well as a close working relationship with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

For students transferring from a Florida College System institution: Students are encouraged to complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Please be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university. This is a non-limited access program with the courses below recommended.

Students need not have completed a concentration of courses in theatre in order to consider a Theatre major at USF. However, admission to the upper-level Theatre Performance program is by audition and admission to the upper-level Design sequence is by portfolio review. If the student does not succeed in passing the audition or portfolio review certain Theatre program requirements may have to be repeated until successful completion of the audition or portfolio review can be achieved.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade. A C average in the major is required for graduation.

If students are coming to the university from a Florida College System institution, the following prerequisite courses will be accepted as meeting lower level requirements.

  • THE X000 Any introductory course from THE X001-X035 (3 credit hours)
  • THE X300 or THE X305 (3 credit hours)
  • THE X925 (1 credit hour)
  • TPA X290 (1 credit hour)
  • TPA X200 or TPA X210 (3 credit hours)
  • TPP X190 or TPP X110 (3 credit hours)
  • Any combination THE, TPA and TPP course (9 credit hours)

Total Major Hours: 57 Hours

Major Core

Students may choose one of three areas for the B.A. degree: Performance, Design or Theatre Arts. Common to all is the following core, normally taken in the years indicated:

Major Core Courses - 33 Hours

First Year (14 credit hours):

Second Year (8 credit hours):

Third Year (8 credit hours):

  • Choose two Theatre History/Literature Courses from the following list: Note: By prior agreement between the director and instructor the Honors sequence in its entirety (THE 4593, 4594, 4595) may substitute for one Theatre History/Literature course requirement.
  • TPA 4293 Production Involvement II
  • TPP 4193 Studio Theatre Performance II

Fourth Year (3 credit hours):

  • THE 4562 Contemporary Performance Theory

Concentration Core Courses - 24 Hours

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Audition and Portfolio Review: All students desiring admittance into the upper level acting courses must audition and those entering the upper level design sequence must present a portfolio. This normally occurs after the completion of the sophomore year.

Major Residency Requirement

A minimum of 20 credit hours in the major must be earned in residence.

Optional Honors Program

The School Honors Program allows small select groups of upper-division students to work on special projects with faculty and guest artists for up to one year. The Honors Program is available to upper level majors who have a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.2 overall GPA and who have achieved a comparably high level of artistic or scholarly achievement. A 6-8 credit one-year sequence of courses is offered to students accepted into the Honors Program. The sequence progresses from a reading seminar to a guest artist practicum to a student thesis or project. With approval of director and instructor, the entire Honors sequence may substitute for one of the Theatre History/Literature requirements.

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Director: M. Powers; Professors: P. Finelli, B.W. Lee, J. Moy; Associate Professors: M. Foley, F. Green, G.B. Stephens, J. Travers; Assistant Professors: A. Carroll, D. Arreola, Y. Chen, B. Kohlmyer, A. Scott, Y. Zhu; Instructors: C.D. Frankel, M. Bertch, J. Parks; Academic Advisor/Instructor: M.L. Morris; Professors Emeriti: P. Massie, N. Cole., D. Calandra, S. Robinson, C. Steele, G. Warren.

Major Accreditation

USF is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Major Other Information

The School of Theatre & Dance believes in the ongoing influence of guest artists as choreographers, teachers for master classes, residencies and performers. The programs provide numerous opportunities to enhance the students' artistic awareness of professional possibilities. Recent Artists-in-Residence have included Trisha Brown, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, and Jennifer Archibald.

Through its curriculum and production program, Theatre offers seriously interested students the opportunity to prepare within a liberal arts atmosphere for a professional career in the theatre or to continue their studies at the graduate level.

For over 30 years, our exclusively undergraduate program has prepared critically aware and skilled theatre practitioners. The school's mission is to educate students in the art of theatre, to conduct original research, and to present challenging productions to the university and Tampa Bay communities.

Students may graduate with a broad-based theatre arts degree, or they may specialize in performance or design.

Special Features

  1. The endowed British International Theatre Program (BRIT) brings three or more professional artists from the UK to work with upper level students for up to 6-8 weeks each spring semester. The BRIT Program is available to advanced theatre students by audition. The program consists of master classes and/or production experience with selected guest artists from the U.K.
  2. The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre provides funds annually for guest artist residencies. The Holloway Program provides classes and production experiences with internationally renowned artists in design, directing, acting, writing, and musical theatre.
  3. USF's Theatre program has a formal student Exchange Program with Middlesex University in London, England.
  4. Guest artists have been working professionals from New York, San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles, Munich, London, Tel Aviv.

Visiting Artists and Artists-in-Residence
The Theatre program at USF actively promotes guest artists on campus. A representative list of artists includes Maria Aitken, Peter Barkworth, Bill Bryden, Daniel Chumley, Russel Craig, Matthew Francis, George Froscher, Christopher Fry, John and Lisel Gale, Patrick Garland, Ronald Harwood, Jeff Jones, Rachel Kavanaugh, Sam Mendes, Bob Moody, Eric Overmyer, Louise Page, Estelle Parsons, Olga Petrovna, Roni Pinkovitch, Denis Quilley, Gerlind Reinshagen, L. Kenneth Richardson, Lord Brian Rix, James Roose-Evans, Dorothy Tutin, Robert Wierzel, and Jose Yglesias. These and others have helped the School develop relationships with UMO, London's West End, The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Actors' Studio, Broadway, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Theatre of Munich, The Chichester Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, The Spoleto Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Habimah Theatre in Israel.

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