Theatre Program Description, Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

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.

Dance Program Assessment and Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment

The following are central to the undergraduate degrees in Dance:

  • Knowledge of a kinesthetic as well as an intellectual understanding in the language of movement art, gaining skills in oral, written and non-verbal communication
  • Practice of creative, reflective thinking
  • Knowledge of diversity and multicultural issues
  • Knowledge of the role of dance in reflecting our past, informing the present and influencing the future
  • Knowledge of professional practices in the field of dance

Program Description

Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts as well as an endorsement in Dance Education in conjunction with Woodring College of Education. Western’s Dance Program offers experiences in performing, directing, teaching producing and choreographing. Students are prepared for performance or teaching careers in dance and are professionally prepared for a lifelong relationship with the arts.

Studies/Core Competencies

The following areas of knowledge are central to the undergraduate degree in Dance:

  • Development of physical and artistic skills required for proficiency in modern dance technique and competency in ballet technique. (critical and creative skills of body/mind).
  • Ability to apply essential principles of choreography and performance to the study and evaluation of concert dance (critical skills).
  • Familiarity and knowledge of compositional skills to develop choreography in traditional and/or experimental approaches (creative skills).
  • Familiarity and awareness of the history of dance as evidenced by performers, educators, choreographers and their works.
  • Comprehension and respect for diversity and expression of culture through the study of dance and movement.
  • Achieving deep identification with dance through rigorous study of technique, history, kinesiology, pedagogy, technical production and performance opportunities to synthesize a personal aesthetic and artistic development.