First-Year Theatre Core

All first-year students are admitted into the Theatre Core curriculum for either Performance or Design, Production, and Management.

The theatre 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 their first year in the program, 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 their major.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to work and think as an ensemble.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-empowerment in relation to the creative process and artistic expression.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the interconnectedness of intellect, emotion, voice, body, and context (Performance Core only).
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of visual communication through drawing, painting, design, and drafting techniques (Design, Production & Management Core only).


All BU undergraduate students, including both entering first-year and transfer students, will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, the University’s general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements can be satisfied in a number of ways, including coursework in and beyond the major as well as through cocurricular activities. As part of the Theatre Core, CFA theatre students will begin to fulfill BU Hub requirements, including at least two writing courses in the Communication area, as well as requirements in Philosophical Inquiry & Life’s Meanings, Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Oral and Signed Communication, and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will ordinarily be satisfied in the second, third, and fourth years through coursework within and outside the major or, in some cases, through cocurricular experiences.