THE THEATER CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Theater Certificate Program in the Department of Creative Arts, offers students the opportunity to pursue a formal non-major curriculum in theater studies. This program aims to familiarize students with the theory, history and aesthetics of the theatrical event; strives to develop an appreciation of theater as a complex artistic expression of humanity's struggle to understand itself; and works to develop first-hand experience with those essential skills necessary to create theater: acting, directing, design and technology.
The program encourages each student to exercise aesthetic judgment; think critically; work collaboratively; synthesize and apply principles in the process of theatrical production; engage in creative expression; develop personal discipline and constructive work habits; and foster respect for one's self, colleagues, audience and community. The Theater Program is committed to mounting productions that focus on issues of cultural diversity and the responsibility of individuals to cooperate in the creation of a just and peaceful society. Students earning a certificate in the Theater Program may choose to pursue careers as drama directors and educators in the secondary school understanding and appreciation of the art form through graduate study. Knowledge and skills gained through the program are applicable to a variety of careers outside theater.
Students interested in the certificate program must meet with the department chair as early in their course of studies as possible.
Academic Standards: The study of theater, by its very nature, demands the student's commitment of time and energy for laboratory courses and production preparation. Consequently, admittance to and continuation in the program will be subject to minimum academic standards. In order to be enrolled as a candidate for the certificate, a student must have no less than 2.0 cumulative index and have earned at least a C- grade in every
COURSE AND CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
All three of the following foundation courses (9 credits):
One survey of dramatic literature course approved by the department chair (3 credits)
One course in theater history from among (3 credits):
One course in theater design/technology from among (3 credits):
Any theater course not applied to theater history or design/technology credit requirements OR one of the following (3 credits):
A combination of a minimum of two practicum courses from among (for a total of 3 credits--these courses can be taken for 1-3 credits):
-Total of 24 credits