- Musical theatre majors typically audition for the program in the spring of their senior year in high school
- The gateway course sequence for all theatre majors is Introduction to Theatre for Majors, THEA 1010 and THEA 1110, taken in the fall and spring semester
- Beginning level courses, numbered 1000 through 2000 provide foundational work for entry into the upper level courses at the 3000 level
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- All students are assigned a faculty advisor within the department, and you are required to meet with that advisor every semester prior to course registration.
- Faculty advisors will assist you on questions related to the major, but you must also meet with your CLA advisor for advisement in the university core.
- Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.
- You are encouraged to become involved in the production season, as actors, technicians, student dramaturgs, running crew, and stage managers.
- The department hosts a number of guest artists throughout the year, many of whom offer workshops while in residence.
- The student organization, AU Players, welcomes all students interested in theatre (regardless of major). Players sponsors theatre-related events and service projects throughout the academic year.
- THEA 2610, 2700, 2910
- Apply to the Design/Technology Program through portfolio review and interview in the Spring of sophomore year
- Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work.
- You are encouraged to explore internship opportunities in professional theatres, and to attend professional conferences for auditions and job interviews that afford the opportunity to work professionally in the summer.
- Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining
- THEA 3400, 3410, 3710, 3720, 3910
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- Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individualized assistance
- If pursuing graduate education, get involved with undergraduate research opportunities
- Look for leadership opportunities within your organizations to develop practical skills and abilities
- Join professional organizations and conferences that offer networks for employment and opportunities for graduate school. Some of these include The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), and the University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA).
- THEA 4980: Senior Capstone, a reflective course geared toward assisting students in their career choices post graduation
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- Ask the UCC for help in preparing your résumé and cover letter
- This is an important year for you to maintain your already accumulated experiences. Continue to stay involved with your already established experiences and finish strong.
- You will need to be able to rely upon your supervisors for quality references.
- Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities
This degree offers a practical foundation in all areas of theatre production, including scenic, lighting, sound, costume and property design, technical direction, and construction. BFA Design and tech students receive hands-on opportunities to explore interdisciplinary possibilities; experiment with, and apply new technical and conceptual knowledge, and learn both in the classroom and through production work.
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Holland's Code: AES
Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:
*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated
- Active Listening
- Critical Thinking
- Social Perceptiveness
- Reading Comprehension
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Last modified: September 30, 2021