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Performing Arts Degrees And Programs

Degrees & Programs

Theatre majors are prepared for entry-level technical theatre, design, and performance positions.  Students are prepared for acceptance in competitive Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) theatre programs. 

Through writing, research, and discussion-based classes, students learn to think critically and historically about the performing arts.  Core theatre courses offer broad introductory and intermediate-level study in all areas of theatre art and production.  Theatre majors have the opportunity to identify a specific area of concentration within the program’s upper-level offerings.  Internships and independent study in acting, design, theatre technology, and dramaturgy can be arranged for advanced students.

Students are advised to determine an area of concentration in consultation with a principal teacher in their chosen area (acting, directing, design, stage management, technical production, dramaturgy, etc.).  Practicum credit is given for approximately 40 hours of assigned work on any IU Northwest production.  Assignments are finalized in the first week of the semester.  Students are encouraged to apply for significant creative and crew positions prior to the semester of a production.

The department also offers elective courses in music and dance.

Degree Requirements

Completion of a B.A. in theatre requires a total of 120 credit hours which includes a minimum of 39 credit hours in degree-specific requirements; 12 hours in theatre core courses; 6 hours in production experience; 6 hours in laboratory; 6 hours in history, literature, and theory; and 9 additional credit hours at the 300-level or higher.

For more information, visit the Performing Arts page on the IU Northwest Bulletin.