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).

Requirements

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.

All freshmen Performance students are admitted into the freshman core Performance curriculum. The Performance core provides a foundation for all future study in either the Acting or Theatre Arts major. Through improvisation, scene study, ensemble work, and exercise, students begin the journey toward the free, integrated, and transformable expression of the voice, body, intellect, imagination, and emotion.

Performance core classes include:

  • Acting
  • Movement
  • Voice & Speech
  • Alexander Technique
  • Theatre Ensemble
  • Stagecraft
  • Introduction to Dramatic Literature

Program of Study

First Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 101 Intro to Dramatic Lit 3
CFA TH 102 Drama Lit 1 Greeks–1850 3
CFA TH 111 & 112 Voice and Speech 1 2 2
CFA TH 121 Acting 1 3 3
CFA TH 128 Theatre Ensemble 1 2
CFA TH 131 & 132 Movement 1 2 2
CFA TH 138 Alexander Technique 1 1
CFA TH 147 & 148 Stagecraft 1 1
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
First-Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 120) 4
Writing, Research & Inquiry (e.g., WR 150/151/152) 4
Total
15 18

Successful completion of the Performance core will result in the choosing of a major for advancement: either BFA—Acting or BFA—Theatre Arts.


All freshmen Design & Production students are admitted into the freshman core Design, Production & Management curriculum.

The Design, Production & Management core provides a foundation for all future study in either design (costume, lighting, scenery, or sound), production (technical or costume), stage management, or theatre arts design & production. By creating a base of artistic and technical skills, students begin to explore the breadth and depth of what it means to be a professional theatre artist today.

Program of Study

First Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
CFA TH 101 Intro to Drama Literature 3
CFA TH 151 & 152 Introduction to Design 2 2
CFA TH 169 Intro to Theatre Practice 2
CAS WR 100 First-Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 120) 4
CFA TH 167 & 168 Drawing and Painting 2 2
CFA TH 163 Drafting 1 1
CFA TH 153 & 154 Freshman Colloquium 1 1
CFA TH 197 & 198 Production 2+ 2+
CFA TH 128 Theatre Ensemble 2
Writing, Research & Inquiry (e.g., WR 150/151/152) 4
Foundational Methods – Choose 2:
CFA TH 170 Scenery Construction 2
CFA TH 182 Costume Construction 2
CFA TH 186 Lighting Crafts 1
CFA TH 190 Audio Fundamentals 1
CFA TH 194 Intro to Stage Management 2
Foundational Drafting – Choose 1:
CFA TH 164 Drafting 2 1
CFA TH 160 AutoCAD 1 1
CFA TH 162 VectorWorks 1 1
CFA TH 178 Figure Drawing 1
Total 17+ 16+