The following are central to the undergraduate degrees in Theatre Arts:
1. Knowledge of major works of dramatic literature from a variety of diverse cultures.
2. Knowledge of the history of theatrical production - its styles, conventions and social context -- from the ancient Greeks to the present.
3. Knowledge of the means by which theatrical production is realized.
4. Knowledge of the role of theatre in forming the past, present, and future of society.
In addition, students completing a degree in Theatre Arts will possess:
1. The ability to analyze and interpret dramatic literature and performance from the standpoint of a designer, performer, director, playwright, or critic.
2. The ability to safely and effectively use the tools and equipment basic to theatre production and design technology.
3. The ability to communicate with an audience through at least one of the components of the theatrical arts.
4. The ability to function effectively as a member of a collaborative team in the preparation and realization of a public performance.
Assessment of these competencies is accomplished through a final evaluation of each student. This examination may take the form of a performance project, the presentation of a written thesis, or submission of a design portfolio. Since the theatre arts comprise many fields, advanced projects will vary from student to student.
The department of Theatre Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts as well as endorsements and degrees in Theatre Education and Language Arts in conjunction with Woodring College of Education.
Each theatre arts major is grounded in generalist fundamentals and chooses one or more areas of specialization (acting, directing, dramatic writing, educational theatre, technical theatre design and/or management). In addition to preparing majors for careers in the academic or professional theatre, the lessons acquired through this course of study are readily transferable to careers in teaching, law, business, social services and other areas where inter- and intra-personal skills are required.
Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
The following areas of knowledge are central to the undergraduate degree in theatre arts:
- Major works of dramatic literature representative of diverse cultures
- The history of theatrical production – its styles, conventions and social context – from the ancients to the present day
- The means by which theatrical production is realized
- The role of theatre in shaping our past, present and future
In addition, students completing the degree in theatre arts will possess the following skills:
- Analyzes and interprets dramatic literature and performance from the standpoint of designer, performer, director, playwright or critic
- Uses the tools and technology basic to theatrical production safely and efficiently
- Functions effectively as a member of a collaborative team in the preparation and realization of a public performance
Assessment of these competencies is accomplished through individual course performance as well as a final evaluation of each student via a Senior Project which may include the presentation of a written thesis, performance project or portfolio. Projects vary by student specialization and interests.
For more information and advisement call our Advisement Coordinator in the Performing Arts Center 395, phone 360/650-7310.
Scholarship Application Proposal
After you have applied to Western’s Financial Aid Office for financial assistance, you may also apply directly to the Department of Theatre Arts for financial help. Most scholarship awards will go to declared Theatre Arts Majors. Available scholarship monies are limited and will be awarded on the basis of quantity of work, quality of work, and grade point average.
Berta Altose Thal Endowment
Sidney R. Thal established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Berta.
• Theatre Arts Major
• Demonstrates exceptional merit
• Financial need
Theatre Arts Performance Scholarship
This scholarship was established by WWU Theatre Arts Department.
• Theatre Arts Major
• Strong GPA
• Has demonstrated excellence in department production contribution
Theatre Arts Tuition Fee Waivers
Fee Waivers determined by WWU Scholarship Center, Student Financial Resources yearly.
• Theatre Arts Major
• Strong GPA
• May be a new student, transfer student or continuing student
To apply for scholarships in the Department of Theatre Arts, please submit the following:
- Resume of theatre experience (what roles, responsibilities, when, where, under whose direction, etc.) and portfolio as applicable.
- One page statement addressing:
- your academic goals within the department
- your post-graduate aspirations
- your merit for a specified scholarship (i.e. financial need)
- Transcripts (need not be official), with clearly indicated grade point average
- Two Recommendation Forms (Click here to download the PDF form) from faculty, staff or directors who know your theatre experience, work habits, and academic achievement
If mailing submission, send to:
Western Washington University
Theatre Arts Dept. - Scholarship Committee
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9108
DEADLINE: must be received by April 27. (AWARDS ANNOUNCED: May 11 )
PLEASE NOTE: these scholarships are separate from CFPA scholarships!! For CFPA scholarships, make sure to apply through the Dean’s office.
For further information, please contact the Theatre Arts office: 360-650-3876
Wait List Policy
The Theatre and Dance Department reserves the right to manage its wait lists to give priority to students who have applied to graduate that quarter and must take the courses to satisfy graduation requirements.