BA in Theatre and Performance

Degree Requirements—BA in Theatre and Performance

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre & Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Admission to the BA in Theatre and Performance is by audition, interview, or presentation of student work.

Summary of Requirements
General Education Requirements24
Major and Track Course Requirements (vary by track)36-46
General Track (36-37 hours)
Performance Track (45-46 hours)
Authorship Track (46 hours)
Electives (vary by track)49-60
General Track (58-60 hours)
Performance Track (49-51 hours)
Authorship Track (49-50 hours)
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) a1
Total Hours120
a

Hours of electives required are based upon the track selected by students within the BA in Theatre and Performance, and whether they are required to complete DLG 120 for 1 hour (required of new freshmen only).

General Education Requirements

Required Courses a
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course b3
Analyzing the Natural World course b3-5
Understanding the Individual and Society course b3
Understanding U.S. Society course b3
Additional General Education Core courses from any category b4-6
Total Hours24
a

The Understanding the Past and Understanding the Creative Arts General Education requirements are met by courses within the major.

b

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

Theatre and Performance Major and Track Course Requirements

Required Courses
Students in all tracks complete 24 hours of major core course work:
ISA 120Digital Practices in Design and Arts4
THTR 101Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama a3
THTR 141Acting I: Fundamentals3
THTR 182Practicum in Theater: Run Crew1
THTR 183Practicum in Theater: Build Crew1
THTR 201Introduction to Theatre History II: Modern Theatre b3
THTR 217Movement & Voice I3
THTR 230Script Analysis for Theatrical Production3
Select one of the following:3
Technical Theatre
Fundamentals in Costume Construction
Required Courses by Track (hours vary by track)3-12
General Track—Required Courses
Acting II: Scene Study
Performance Track—Required Courses
Acting II: Scene Study
Movement & Voice II
Acting III: Classics
Capstone: Senior Project
Authorship Track—Required Courses
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design b
Capstone: Senior Project
Selectives (hours vary by track)9-21
General and Performance Tracks—Selectives
Select one of the following:
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design b
Scenic Design I
Lighting Design
Costume Design I
Makeup Design
Select two of the following:
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance
Improvisation for the Actor
Performance Ethnography
Stage Direction
Playwriting
Authorship Track—Selectives
Select one of the following:
Scenic Design I
Lighting Design
Costume Design I
Select four of the following:
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance
Stage Direction
Playwriting
Contemporary Performance Techniques
Investigative Collaboration
Total Hours36-46
a

This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category or the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Electives

Electives
Electives to reach total hours a49-60
Total Hours49-60
a

Hours of electives are based on the track selected by the students within the BA in Theatre and Performance, and whether they are required to complete DLG 120 for 1 hour (required of new freshmen only).

UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar

Required Course
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours1

Sample Course Schedule—General Track

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
THTR 101 Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama 3
THTR 141 Acting I: Fundamentals 3
THTR 182 Practicum in Theater: Run Crew 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
ISA 100 Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts (recommended elective) 1
General Education Core course 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 217 Movement & Voice I 3
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course (THTR 105 is recommended) 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 201 Introduction to Theatre History II: Modern Theatre 3
THTR 230 Script Analysis for Theatrical Production 3
Elective, or one of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Improvisation for the Actor  
Performance Ethnography  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
General Education Core course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ISA 120 Digital Practices in Design and Arts 4
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 241 Acting II: Scene Study 3
Elective, or one of the following Design Selectives: 3
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design I  
Makeup Design  
General Education Core course 3
Elective 1-2
Dance at Hubbard Street (recommended)  
 Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
Elective, or one of the following Design Selectives: 3
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design I  
Makeup Design  
General Education Core course 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Elective, or one of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Improvisation for the Actor  
Performance Ethnography  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Practicum in Performance  
Practicum in Theatre Administration  
Practicum in Costuming  
Practicum in Technical Theatre  
General Education Core course 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Elective 3
Study Abroad in Theatre (recommended)  
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Elective, or one of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Improvisation for the Actor  
Performance Ethnography  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
Elective—recommended courses include: 1-3
Internship  
Independent Study  
Electives 9
 Hours13-15
 Total Hours120
a

This course is only offered in the spring semester.

Sample Course Schedule—Performance Track

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
THTR 101 Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama 3
THTR 141 Acting I: Fundamentals 3
THTR 182 Practicum in Theater: Run Crew 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
ISA 100 Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts (recommended elective) 1
General Education Core course 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 217 Movement & Voice I 3
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course (THTR 105 is recommended) 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 201 Introduction to Theatre History II: Modern Theatre 3
THTR 230 Script Analysis for Theatrical Production 3
Elective, or one of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Improvisation for the Actor  
Performance Ethnography  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
General Education Core course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ISA 120 Digital Practices in Design and Arts 4
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 241 Acting II: Scene Study 3
THTR 317 Movement & Voice II 3
Elective, or one of the following Design Selectives: 3
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design I  
Makeup Design  
General Education Core course 3
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
THTR 341 Acting III: Classics 3
Elective, or one of the following Design Selectives: 3
Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design I  
Makeup Design  
General Education Core course 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Elective, or one of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Improvisation for the Actor  
Performance Ethnography  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Practicum in Performance  
Practicum in Theatre Administration  
Practicum in Costuming  
Practicum in Technical Theatre  
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Elective 3
Teaching Artist Seminar (recommended)  
Elective 3
Contemporary Performance Techniques (recommended)  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Internship
or Independent Study
 
Electives 6
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 449 Capstone: Senior Project 3
Elective, or one of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Improvisation for the Actor  
Performance Ethnography  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Internship
or Independent Study
 
Elective 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
a

This course is only offered in the spring semester.

Sample Course Schedule—Authorship Track

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
THTR 101 Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama 3
THTR 141 Acting I: Fundamentals 3
THTR 182 Practicum in Theater: Run Crew 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
ISA 100 Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Practice in the Arts (recommended elective) 1
General Education Core course 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 155 Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design 4
THTR 217 Movement & Voice I 3
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 201 Introduction to Theatre History II: Modern Theatre 3
THTR 230 Script Analysis for Theatrical Production 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ISA 120 Digital Practices in Design and Arts 4
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
Elective, or one of the following Design Selectives: 3
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design I  
General Education Core course 3
Introduction to American Musical Theatre (recommended)  
Elective 1-2
Dance at Hubbard Street (recommended)  
Elective 3
 Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
Elective, or one of the following Design Selectives: 3
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design I  
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
Stage Management (recommended)  
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Selectives—select two of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 6
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
Investigative Collaboration  
Elective—recommend courses include: 3
Practicum in Performance  
Practicum in Theatre Administration  
Practicum in Costuming  
Practicum in Technical Theatre  
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Elective 3
Teaching Artist Seminar (recommended)  
Elective, or Performance/Authorship Selective 3
Contemporary Performance Techniques (or choose selectives in the spring semester)  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Internship
or Independent Study
 
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Special Projects in Theatrical Design
or Special Projects in Performance Training
 
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 449 Capstone: Senior Project 3
Elective 3
Teaching Artist Practicum (recommended)  
Elective, or one or two of the following Performance/Authorship Selectives: 3-6
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Stage Direction a  
Playwriting a  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
Investigative Collaboration  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Internship
or Independent Study
 
 Hours12-15
 Total Hours120
a

This course is only offered in the spring semester.