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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design

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B.F.A. in Theatre Design Degree Requirements

The program leading to the B.F.A. degree in theatre design is offered cooperatively by the School of the Arts and the Department of Theatre. A minimum of 120 hours is required, including 75 hours of major program course work.

B.F.A in Theatre Design Course Requirements

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

  • Composition. Satisfied by: ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by: ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by: ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, or ENGL 362, or AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent.

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code S). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Natural Sciences or Mathematics. Satisfied by completing 2 courses (requirement code N). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Additional Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Sciences Elective. Satisfied by completion of 1 course in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.

Foundations: Art and Design. Majors must complete courses in each of the following core areas:

  • Drawing I. Satisfied by ART 101.
  • Drawing II. Satisfied by ART 102.
  • Art Concepts and Practice. Satisfied by ART 103.
  • Art Principles and Practice. Satisfied by ART 104.

Theatre Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete courses in each of the following core areas:

Introduction to Theatre or Acting. Satisfied by completion of one of the following courses: THR 100 or THR 106

  • Approaching Design. Satisfied by: THR 215
  • Scenic Production. Satisfied by: THR 216
  • Costume Production. Satisfied by: THR 220
  • Lighting Production. Satisfied by: THR 224
  • Script Analysis. Satisfied by: THR 308
  • Fundamentals of Directing. Satisfied by: THR 508
  • History of Period Style I. Satisfied by: THR 520
  • History of Period Style II. Satisfied by: THR 521
  • History of Theatre. Satisfied by: THR 525
  • History of Theatre II. Satisfied by: THR 526

Theatre Design. Majors must complete courses in each of the following core areas:

  • Scenographic Techniques. Satisfied by: THR 116
  • Beginning Scene Design. Satisfied by: THR 316
  • Beginning Costume Design. Satisfied by: THR 320
  • Beginning Lighting Design. Satisfied by: THR 324

Theatre Design Required Electives. Satisfied by completion of 9 hours of approved courses.

History of Art. Satisfied by completion of HA 150 and HA 151.

History of Art or Architecture Required Electives. Satisfied by completion of 6 hours of History of Art or Architecture coursework

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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