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
Degree and Track Course Requirements (vary by track)35-44
General Track (35 hours)
Performance Track (44 hours)
Authorship Track (41 hours)
Electives (vary by track)51-61
General Track (60-61 hours)
Performance Track (51-52 hours)
Authorship Track (54-55 hours)
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) a1
Total Hours120

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

Theatre and Performance Degree and Track Course Requirements

Required Courses
Students in all tracks complete 20 hours of degree core course work:
THTR 101Theatre History I: Premodern Drama a3
THTR 141Acting I: Fundamentals3
THTR 182Practicum in Theater: Run Crew1
THTR 183Practicum in Theater: Build Crew1
THTR 201Theatre History II: Modern Theatre b3
THTR 217Movement & Voice I3
THTR 230Script Analysis for Theatrical Production3
THTR 448The Business of Theatre: A Career in the Arts3
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
Capstone: Senior Project
Selectives (hours vary by track)12-18
All tracks select one of the following three Design, Production, and Technology sequences:
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
Lighting Technology I: An Introduction to Lighting Tech
Scenic Technology I: An Introduction to Stagecraft for the Theatre
OR
Fundamentals of Theatre Design b
Lighting Design I: An Introduction to Lighting Design
Costume Design I
Sound Design: An Introduction to Sound Design for Theatre
Scenic Design I
Makeup Design
OR
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
Fundamentals of Theatre Design
Authorship Selectives:
General and Performance Tracks—Select two courses from the following list.
Authorship Track—Select four courses from the following list.
Improvisation for the Actor
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance
Performance Ethnography
Stage Direction
Playwriting
Contemporary Performance Techniques
Total Hours35-44

Electives

Electives
Electives to reach total hours a51-61
Total Hours51-61

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 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
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
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
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
3
or Elective
 
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 201 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
IDEA 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
Fundamentals of Theatre Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design II: Intermediate Topics in Lighting Design for the Stage  
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
Fundamentals of Theatre Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design II: Intermediate Topics in Lighting Design for the Stage  
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

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 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
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
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
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
3
or Elective
 
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 201 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
IDEA 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
Fundamentals of Theatre Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design II: Intermediate Topics in Lighting Design for the Stage  
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
Fundamentals of Theatre Design a  
Scenic Design I a  
Lighting Design II: Intermediate Topics in Lighting Design for the Stage  
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

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 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
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
3
or Elective
 
THTR 155 Fundamentals of Theatre Design 3
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
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
THTR 150
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
3
or Elective
 
THTR 183 Practicum in Theater: Build Crew 1
or Elective
 
THTR 201 Theatre History II: Modern Theatre 3
THTR 230 Script Analysis for Theatrical Production 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
IDEA 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 II: Intermediate Topics in Lighting Design for the Stage  
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 II: Intermediate Topics in Lighting Design for the Stage  
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  
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  
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  
Elective—recommended courses include: 3
Internship
or Independent Study
 
 Hours12-15
 Total Hours120