Freshmen Core

Before officially declaring their BFA degree major, each first year student entering the School of Theatre is admitted into a Freshmen Core Curriculum, in either Performance or Design & Production.

The Freshmen Core experience helps to establish a base vocabulary that will serve as the foundation for a student’s progression into his or her BFA degree program. In addition, the Freshmen Core is designed to provide an appropriate context for faculty evaluation of each student’s strengths, interests, and potential for success in the upper years of training.  At the end of the freshmen year, each student will declare a BFA major; these decisions are reviewed by members of the School of Theatre faculty before a student is officially enrolled in his or her BFA program.

The Performance Core

The Performance Core provides the ground work for all future study in either the BFA Acting or the BFA Theatre Arts program. Through improvisation, self-exploration, 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 and Speech
  • Alexander Technique
  • Theatre Ensemble
  • Stagecraft
  • Introduction to Dramatic Literature
  • Writing Seminar

View the detailed Performance Core curriculum in our Online Bulletin.

The Design & Production Core

The Design & Production Core provides a foundation for all future study in the BFA Design programs (Lighting, Scenic, Costume, or Sound), BFA Production programs (Technical or Costume), BFA Stage Management program, and the BFA Theatre Arts: Design & Production program. By creating a base of artistic and technical skills, students begin to explore the breadth and depth of what it means to be a theatre artist in professional theatre today.

Design & Production Core classes include:

  • Introduction to Dramatic Literature
  • Introduction to Design
  • Introduction to Theatre Practice
  • Writing Seminar
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Drafting 1
  • Freshmen Colloquium
  • Production
  • Theatre Ensemble

Choose Two:

  • Scenery Construction
  • Costume Construction
  • Lighting Crafts
  • Sound Systems Basics
  • Introduction to Stage Management

Choose One:

  • Drafting 2
  • Auto CAD 1
  • VectorWorks 1
  • Figure Drawing

View the detailed Design & Production Core curriculum in our Online Bulletin.