Major in Applied Theatre, Film and Television – Applied Theatre Concentration
Are you curious as to what defines the term “applied theatre” and whether it is the right artistic and educational career path for you? Well, here’s a great place to start!
Applied Theatre is a relatively new term that has emerged in popularity since the end of the 20th century to describe a spectrum of diverse theatrical practices in community, educational or therapeutic contexts.
Applied theatre can take on many forms — scripted, unscripted, improvisational, scripted play development, devised performances, indigenous forms of cultural performance, innovative hybrids with new forms of digital communication, along with many other genre-defying forms that are as unique as your own theatre artistry and aesthetics.
What is Applied Theatre?
It happens in non-conventional theatre spaces and social settings (e.g., schools, prisons, streets and alternative educational provisions.)
Its primary intention is to generate change (of awareness, attitude, behavior, etc.) towards some “thing” (goal, objective, social/political issue, etc.)
It requires and invites the active participation of an “audience” by being responsive to the stories of conventional people and giving them agency and artistry to challenge, question and re-envision via the theatre medium.
Applied Theatre Concentration Requirements:
Minimum of 34 credit hours. The following are specific requirements for successful completion of the major:
Fundamentals (common to all concentrations): M150 Mass Media and Contemporary Society
Core courses: T130 Introduction to Theatre; T2XX: Fundamentals of Applied Theatre; C437: Creative Dramatics
6 credit hours of theatre production
6 credit hours of performance courses
6 credit hours in Theory-History-Criticism. At least 3 hours must be at the 300 level or above.
1 credit hour Junior Internship Bridge Experience
3 credit hour Capstone experience (common to all concentrations)
At least 15 credit hours in the major must be in courses at the 300 level or above.
No more than 12 credit hours may transfer. At least 21 credit hours must be taken in courses specific to the program in Theatre
The student must earn a C or higher in all major course work.
No more than a total of 9 hours of combined Independent Study and Internship
credit toward graduation.
1 course: Fundamentals
COMM M150: Mass Media and Contemporary Society (3 cr.)
3 courses: Theatre Core
COMM T130: Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)
COMM T265: Fundamentals of Applied Theatre (3 cr.)
COMM T437: Creative Dramatics (3 cr.)
2 courses: Production (6 cr.)
COMM T100 Rehearsal and Performance (3-6 cr.)
COMM T339 Play Directing (3 cr.)
COMM T431 Playwriting (3 cr.)
2 courses: Performance (6 cr.)
COMM T104 Voice for the Stage (3 cr.)
COMM T133 Introduction to Acting (3 cr.)
COMM T205 Introduction to Oral Interpretation (3 cr.)
COMM T3XX Theatre for Social Change (3 cr.)
COMM T333 Acting II (3 cr.)
2 courses: Theory-History-Criticism (6 cr.)
WOST W300 Topics in Women’s Studies (with consent)
CLAS C310 Classical Drama (3 cr.)
ENG L315 Major Plays of Shakespeare (3 cr.)
COMM T337 History of Theatre I (3 cr.)
COMM T338 History of Theatre II (3 cr.)
ENG L365 Modern Drama: Continental (3 cr.)
ENG L366 Modern Drama: English, Irish, and American (3 cr.)
ENG L370 Recent Black American Writing (3 cr.)
ENG L379 Ethnic and Minority Literature of the United States (3 cr.)
ENG L406 Topics in African American Literature (with consent) (3 cr.)
ENG L433 Conversations with Shakespeare (3 cr.)
COMM-R 478 Persuasion and Media in Social Movements (3 cr.)
MSTD A460 Museum Theatre (3 cr.)
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