Degrees

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The Theatre Program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre with the opportunity to specialize in one or more of the following concentrations:

  • Acting
  • Dramatic Writing
  • Educational Theatre
  • Theatre Management
  • Stage Management
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Design

Students can also pursue a minor in Theatre or a teaching endorsement, which is offered in conjunction with the Woodring College of Education. To declare your major in Theatre, please visit the Department of Theatre and Dance Office located in PAC 395.

The following are central to the undergraduate degree in Theatre:

  • Knowledge of major works of dramatic literature from a variety of diverse cultures.
  • Knowledge of the history of theatrical production - its styles, conventions and social context -- from the ancient Greeks to the present.
  • Knowledge of the means by which theatrical production is realized.
  • Knowledge of the role of theatre in forming the past, present, and future of society.

In addition, students completing a degree in Theatre will possess:

  • The ability to analyze and interpret dramatic literature and performance from the standpoint of a designer, performer, director, playwright, or critic.
  • The ability to safely and effectively use the tools and equipment basic to theatre production and design technology.
  • The ability to communicate with an audience through at least one of the components of the theatrical arts.
  • 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.

Application deadline: Friday, May 2
BFA candidates will be announced no later than May 16, 2014


The Dance Program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance as well as a Dance minor and a teaching endorsement in conjunction with the Woodring College of Education.

Entry into the BA/BFA is by audition. Completion of the program is dependent upon successful progress through the curriculum. The BA is a broadly-based degree, with a liberal arts orientation, and is designed for students with a general rather than career interest in performing or choreographing. BA candidates will focus on pedagogical and historic aspects of dance. The BFA degree is a highly selective program which trains exceptionally committed, disciplined, and talented students. The BFA degree also requires recommendation of faculty members.

The Dance Program expects achievement in the following competencies by graduating majors in both the BA and BFA. Our students will:

  • Develop proficiency in modern dance technique
  • Develop competency in ballet technique
  • Become familiar with the history of dance and enhance writing skills by using this knowledge
  • Gain expanded diversity awareness through the cultural dimensions of dance
  • Understand alignment and anatomy as they relate to dancers
  • Explore their choreographic potential in traditional and/or experimental approaches
  • Learn the basic skills and operations of technical theatre related to dance production
  • Have multiple performing opportunities in different venues

Assessment of these competencies is accomplished through individual course performance, completion of degree requirements, and in part by successful audition and casting in faculty directed events. BFA candidates will be expected to participate in a culminating Capstone course and presentation as choreographers and as featured dancers.

Application Requirements by Degree:

  • Dance Major BA: You may declare if you are placed in Modern 1 or above, after consultation with the Theatre and Dance Associate Chair, Cher Carnell.
  • Dance Major BFA: The BFA is by nomination only - please review our nomination checklist and the nomination policy for more details. Students who would like the BFA formally apply in spring of their Junior year, after review, the faculty votes on the candidates. It is assumed that BFA graduates will continue in the field of dance, either professionally or on to graduate school.
  • Dance Minor: You may declare the Minor at anytime. Transfer students must fulfill a minimum of 18 hours of the required courses.
  • Teaching Endorsement: Students completing a teacher certification program and endorsable major in a subject other than Dance may qualify for an additional endorsement in Dance by completing requirements listed above. This will allow you to teach Dance in Washington State public schools. See the Woodring College of Education section of the WWU Catalog for more information on teacher certification programs and approved majors.