The department offers a Bachelor of Arts that may be entered into during the third year. All freshman and transfer students entering the Department of Theatre are initially classified as Theatre Foundation students.
The BA is designed for students who want a program with a strong emphasis in theatre combined with a strong liberal arts component, and a minor (or other course of directed study) in an area other than theatre.
The BFA is designed to educate and train students as theatre professionals in performance, costume design/technical production, lighting design/technical production, scenic design/technical production, or stage management. Student participation in both credit- and noncredit-bearing department activities is required. Students matriculating in School of the Arts degree programs are bound by the policies and procedures stipulated in this bulletin and in any other current handbook or policy document adopted by the individual programs. Students may choose from a variety of BFA concentrations to further specialize their studies.
Because of the environment that exists in the Department of Theatre, all aspects of theatre as art, craft, business, and education are experienced together. The curriculum immerses students in the practicalities of theatre. Throughout the curriculum, students work with voice, body and imagination; this practical application, combined with a strong liberal arts component and a minor (or course of directed study), offers a wide field of academic and human experience. After successfully completing the first two years of core theatre courses in their foundation areas of emphasis, students apply for admission into a specific degree program (BFA or BA) in theatre.
For more than 67 years, Theatre VCU has prepared students for careers in professional and academic theatre. Hundreds of alumni scattered across the United States and Canada now successfully practice what they began as students at VCU. With 25 faculty and staff and a combined graduate and undergraduate student population averaging 280, Theatre VCU is one of the largest theatre training programs in the southeastern United States.
The faculty of Theatre VCU are first and foremost educators who provide first-rate mentoring and instruction. They also serve as role models, practicing their craft as artists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They work on the stage, TV and in films, author books in their disciplines, and hold elected offices in some of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. Collectively, the faculty and staff pride themselves on their ability to help bridge the gap between life as a student and life as a professional beyond VCU.
VCUarts celebrates the accomplishments of theatre alumni online and welcomes your viewership.
Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
Successful outcome on audition with VCU theatre faculty
|MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING||GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY||BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE||GET REAL EXPERIENCE||PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE|
|SDV 100||College Success Skills||UNIV 101||1||Elective|
|ENG 111||College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.||UNIV 111-112||3||General education|
|MTH 154||Quantitative Reasoning (or MTH 161 or MTH 263)||MATH 131||3||General education|
|CST 131||Acting I||THEA 111||3||Major|
|CST 145||Stagecraft||THEA 112||3||Major|
|CST 210||Theatre Aesthetics||THEA 211||3||Major|
|ENG 112||College Composition II||UNIV 200||3||General education|
|CST 132||Acting II||THEA 213||3||Major|
|CST 149||Introduction to Makeup for the Theatre||THEA 227||3||Major|
|CST 136||Theatre/Musical Theatre Workshop||THEA 291||3||Major|
|History or PSY 230||Select 1: HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122, PSY 230||HIST or PSYC 304||3||General education|
|CST 111||Voice and Diction I||THEA 201||3||Major|
|CST 147||Costume Construction||THEA 102||3||Major|
|CST 160||Improvisation||THEA 110||3||Major|
|CST 237||Movement I||THEA 203||3||Major|
|Laboratory Science||Laboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, PHY 101||VCU equivalent||4||General education|
|CST 112||Voice and Diction II||THEA 202||3||Major|
|CST 211||Acting III||THEA 214||3||Major|
|CST 238||Movement II||THEA 204||3||Major|
|ENG||200-level ENG literature course (select 1)||ENGL||3||General education|
|Transfer elective||Select 1: PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, PLS 135, PLS 241||VCU equivalent||3||General education|
|John Tyler credits transferred to VCU||62|
|Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.)||0 to 8||General education|
|THEA 100||Technical Production||1||Major|
|THEA 251 or THEA 252||Rehearsal and Performance||3||Major|
|THEA 307||History of the Theatre||3||Major|
|THEA 308||History of the Theatre||3||Major|
|THEA 385||Diverse Voices||3||Major|
|THEA 495||Senior Project Portfolio Review||1||Major|
|THEA 226||Desktop Audio/Video||2||Major|
|THEA||Upper-level Theatre electives (300-400 level)||6||Major|
|Upper-level electives (200- or 400-level): consider a minor or second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.||36||Elective|
|Credits completed at VCU||58|
|Bachelor's degree total||120|