Theatre Freshman Core

All freshmen are admitted into the freshman core curriculum for either Performance or Design & Production.

The freshman core is designed to provide an appropriate context for faculty evaluations of each student’s strengths, interests, and potential for success in the upper years of training. At the end of the freshman year, each student declares a major. This decision is reviewed by all members of the School of Theatre faculty before a student is officially enrolled in his or her major.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work and think as an ensemble.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-empowerment in relation to the creative process and artistic expression.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of a sustainable process necessary to healthily deal with the demands of life as a theatre artist and foster artistic growth.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the interconnectedness of intellect, emotion, voice, body, and context (Performance Core only).
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of visual communication through drawing, painting, design, and drafting techniques (Design, Production & Management Core only).


All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. As part of the Theatre Freshman Core, CFA theatre students will begin to fulfill BU Hub requirements, ordinarily including at least two writing courses in the Communication area. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied in the second, third, and fourth years through coursework within and outside the major or, in some cases, through co-curricular experiences.