Acting/Directing, Theatre Arts (BFA)

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Major: Theatre Arts
Concentration: Acting/Directing
Program Code: 3265

About This Major . . .

The Department of Theatre Arts offers one of the most successful theatre training degree programs in Colorado. Theatre Arts majors choose from two distinct concentrations in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts (Acting/Directing or Music Theatre), 2 concentrations of the BA (Theatre Arts or Design/Technology) or the BFA in Dance and acquire a sound understanding of the performing arts in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Acting/Directing concentration is constructed to help students meet the rigorous demands of a professional acting career and provide a strong foundation and practical experience for future directors. Beginning with the first semester, students enroll in performance courses taught by academically and professionally experienced faculty. Unlike larger institutions, acting opportunities in all productions at Colorado Mesa University are open to motivated and talented freshmen. In acting courses, students are exposed to techniques and approaches that are industry standards today. Training is grounded in Stanislavski, Cohen, and Chekhov. Voice and movement courses are complemented by performance opportunities in student in faculty directed productions.  Acting students also audition for one act plays directed by directing students each year. Experimental and other challenging productions are offered at the Mesa Experimental Theatre.

Colorado Mesa is strategically located at the hub of a circle of important entertainment centers such as Aspen, Telluride, Moab, and Park City, Utah. There are regional theatres of international repute within driving distance, such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. There is a thriving theatrical scene in Grand Junction that offers opportunities for summer employment, including CMUs own Mesa Repertory Theatre. At Colorado Mesa, we are committed to the philosophy of training theatrical entrepreneurs. We offer low teacher-to-student ratios so that personal attention and mentoring are possible. Our many graduates in the industry have informed us that Colorado Mesa´s approach was invaluable.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Communicate verbally contemporary and enduring concepts concerning Human Culture through participation and/or observation of the performing arts and speech. (Specialized Knowledge/ Communication)
  2. Communicate non-verbally contemporary and enduring concepts concerning Human Culture through participation and/or observation of the performing arts and speech. (Specialized Knowledge/ Communication)
  3. Create progressively more challenging projects through the use of intellectual and/or practical skills. (Applied Learning)
  4. Demonstrate teamwork and problem solving skills through collaboration and cooperation on creative projects. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and versatility of the discipline from conceptualization to application. (Applied Learning)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 2
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Foundation Courses

(18 semester hours, Theatre courses must be completed prior to the student’s junior year)

THEA 130Script Analysis3
THEA 153Acting I: Beginning Acting3
SPCH 112Acting III: Voice and Diction3
Select three of the following:6
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Stagecraft
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Costume
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Lighting
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Sound Technology
Select one class in a foreign language 13
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(58 semester hours, must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

Core Courses
THEA 117Play Production1
or THEA 118 Play Production
THEA 142Make-up3
THEA 145Introduction to Dramatic Literature-GTAH13
THEA 156Acting II: Contemporary Scenework3
THEA 217Play Production1
or THEA 218 Play Production
THEA 253Acting IV: Stage Movement3
THEA 256Auditions3
THEA 317Play Production1
or THEA 318 Play Production
THEA 331Theatre History I: 400 B.C. to 16423
THEA 332Theatre History II: From 1642 to the Present3
THEA 381Directing I3
THEA 417Play Production1
or THEA 418 Play Production
THEA 401Career Preparation3
THEA 494Performance Seminar: Acting/Directing and Musical Theatre Capstone3
THEA 353Advanced Acting: Styles in Acting3
THEA 454Acting V: Shakespeare3
Advanced Acting
Select 9 semester hours of the following:9
Advanced Acting: Stage Combat
Advanced Acting: The Meisner Approach
Advanced Acting: Dialects
Improvisation
Advanced Acting: Acting for the Camera
Advanced Acting: Chekhov Technique
Theatre Options
Select two of the following:6
Stage Management
World Drama
Playwriting I
Directing II
American Drama
Contemporary Drama
Shakespeare
Performance Options
Select three of the following:3
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Technical Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Drama Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Total Semester Credit Hours58

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours, including 40 upper division hours. 7 semester hours, additional hours of upper division hours may be needed.

Select electives7
Total Semester Credit Hours7

While the sequencing below culminates in a total of 122-130 semester credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as required for completion of this degree, including satisfactory completion of all required courses. Plan to complete requirements with varying hour options accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 (or higher) 3
Essential Learning - History 3
THEA 117 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
THEA 153 Acting I: Beginning Acting 3
THEA 102 Introduction to Theatre Technology: Stagecraft 2
THEA 103 Introduction to Theatre Technology: Costume 2
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
THEA 118 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
THEA 130 Script Analysis 3
THEA 145 Introduction to Dramatic Literature-GTAH1 3
THEA 156 Acting II: Contemporary Scenework 3
THEA 104
Introduction to Theatre Technology: Lighting
or Introduction to Theatre Technology: Sound Technology
2
 Semester Credit Hours14-15
Second Year
Fall Semester
SPCH 112 Acting III: Voice and Diction 3
Foundation Course - Foreign Language 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
THEA 217 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
Performance Option 1
 Semester Credit Hours14-15
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
KINA Activity 1
THEA 218 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
THEA 253 Acting IV: Stage Movement 3
Theatre Option 3
Performance Option 1
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
THEA 317 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
THEA 331 Theatre History I: 400 B.C. to 1642 3
THEA 381 Directing I 3
THEA 454 Acting V: Shakespeare 3
Theatre Option 3
Performance Option 1
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
Essential Learning - Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
THEA 142 Make-up 3
THEA 318 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
THEA 332 Theatre History II: From 1642 to the Present 3
THEA 353 Advanced Acting: Styles in Acting 3
Advanced Acting Option 3
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
THEA 401 Career Preparation 3
THEA 417 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
Advanced Acting Option 3
Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
Spring Semester
THEA 418 Play Production (fall or spring) 0-1
THEA 494 Performance Seminar: Acting/Directing and Musical Theatre Capstone 3
Advanced Acting Option 3
Electives 7
THEA 353
Advanced Acting: Styles in Acting
or Auditions
3
 Semester Credit Hours16-17
 Total Semester Credit Hours122-130

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.