Theater and Dance

Categories & Pre-requisites

Course Categories

The PDF link below shows a variety of options in the various course categories of the requirements for the major.  This is just a sampling.  Bear in mind that course offerings change, and not all courses are offered every year.

THDA Course Categories.pdf  THDA Course Categories


Courses in The Arts of Theater and Dance are grouped into roughly three tiers: (1) The Core Courses and other courses without pre-requisites, (2) courses in specific disciplines, and (3) advanced studio courses.

There are no set sequences.  Many majors complete two advanced studio courses even though only one is required.  Pre-requisites for some advanced studios are specific, others more open.  The PDF link below provides a rough guide to minimal pre-requisites for advanced studio courses, and the pre-requisites, in turn, for those pre-requisites (if any).  

When considering possible senior projects, additional related courses may be advisable.  Please check individual course descriptions or speak to a faculty member when in doubt.  We encourage all majors to explore different areas in addition to courses that lead only minimally to specific advanced studio courses.

As an overview, some basic advice can be given about specific areas of interest.  Students interested in playwriting should consider Action and Character, followed by Playwriting I and Playwriting Studio.  Students interested in acting should consider Action and Character, followed by Rehearsal or Plays in Play, along with additional courses in performance techniques, such as movement/dance and the craft of speaking.  Students interested in design should take Materials of Theater, followed by any number of specific design area courses (scenic, lighting, costume, sound), followed by Design Studio.  An additional course in performing, directing, or dramaturgy is also advisable.  Students interested in directing should take Plays in Play, Directing Studio, and at least one course in a specific design area.  Students interested in dance, choreography, and movement-based performance should consider Languague of Movement and any number of specific dance courses, along with Scripts and Scores and other related intermediate courses, followed by Performance Studio.  Students interested in the broadest range of experiences preparing for a leadership role as a director or choreographer or solo performance maker should consider taking both Directing Studio and Performance Studio (and their pre-requisites), along with a course in design.

THDA Studios & Pre-requisites.pdf

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