BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology

Degree Requirements—BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design 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 Design, Production, and Technology is by interview and portfolio review.

Summary of Requirements
General Education Requirements24
Major Course Requirements50
Electives45-46
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours120
a

New freshmen are required to complete DLG 120 for 1 hour. New freshmen complete 45 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology. All other students complete 46 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design, P:roduction, and Technology.

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.

Major Course Requirements

Core Courses
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 230Script Analysis for Theatrical Production3
THTR 254Stage Management3
Select one of the following: c3
Technical Theatre
Fundamentals in Costume Construction
Required Courses
AH 111World History of Art and the Built Environment II b4
DES 140Design Drawing4
DES 170Color Theory4
THTR 155Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design b4
THTR 450Portfolio Production1
Selectives
Select one of the following two-course sequences:6
Scenic Design I
and Lighting Design
Costume Design I
and Makeup Design
Select one course from the following:3
Stage Direction
Playwriting
Contemporary Performance Techniques
Investigative Collaboration
Total Hours50
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.

c

The choice of THTR 150 or THTR 151 impacts the sequence of practicum selectives a student can take. Students who take THTR 150 will take THTR 250 and THTR 256; students who take THTR 151 will take THTR 257 and THTR 259.

Electives

Electives
Electives to reach total hours a45-46
Total Hours45-46
a

New freshmen are required to complete DLG 120 for one hour. New freshmen complete 45 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology. All other students complete 46 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology.

UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar

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

Sample Course Schedule—BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology

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
DES 140 Design Drawing 4
THTR 141 Acting I: Fundamentals 3
THTR 182 Practicum in Theater: Run Crew 1
or Elective
 
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
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
or Elective
 
THTR 155 Scenography: Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design a 4
DES 170 Color Theory 4
THTR 182 Practicum in Theater: Run Crew 1
or Elective
 
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
AH 111 World History of Art and the Built Environment II 4
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
THTR 257 Costume Design I (costume sequence) 3
or Elective  
 Hours17
Spring Semester
ISA 120 Digital Practices in Design and Arts 4
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 250 Scenic Design I (scenic sequence) a 3
or Elective
 
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Introduction to American Musical Theatre (recommended)  
 Hours14
Third Year
Fall Semester
THTR 254 Stage Management 3
Select one of the following: 3
Lighting Design (scenic sequence)  
Makeup Design (costume sequence)  
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Elective, or one of the following Selectives: 3
Stage Direction  
Playwriting  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Practicum in Theatre Administration  
Practicum in Costuming  
Practicum in Technical Theatre  
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
THTR 450 Portfolio Production 1
Elective, or one of the following Selectives: 3
Stage Direction  
Playwriting  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
Elective 3
Special Projects in Theatrical Design (recommended)  
Elective 3
Teaching Artist Seminar (recommended)  
Elective 5
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Elective 3
Special Projects in Theatrical Design (recommended)  
Elective 3
Teaching Artist Practicum (recommended)  
Elective—recommended course: 1-3
Internship
or Independent Study
 
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours13-15
 Total Hours120
a

This course is only offered in the spring semester.