College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Theatre,
Performing Arts Center, Room: T210A
Bert Scott, Coordinator, Bert.Scott@ucf.edu
The Bachelor of Fine Arts track in Design and Technology is offered for students who, upon graduation, plan to pursue a specialized career in professional theatre. It provides the student with a thorough foundation in theatre complemented by very structured and intensive career preparation in all areas of design and technology. Students can expect to work along side faculty as design or technical assistants in their first two years and will be given the opportunity for technical leadership opportunities including, prop master, master electrician, first hand, draper, scenic artist, master carpenter, technical director, etc. Those who qualify and wish to pursue design areas can be offered design positions within the production season. The curriculum requires students to become proficient in design and technology related to scenery, costumes, lighting and sound through specified coursework. Students then select one or two areas of specialization where their production assignments will focus in their junior and senior years, thus giving each student practical experience as they build their professional portfolios. The program culminates with a professional internship where students are able to apply their education in a real world work environment. While most students choose to enter the workforce following graduation, the BFA is an excellent degree for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in theatre. Work within the BFA program requires energy and dedication; therefore, other part-time study or outside employment is very challenging. BFA standards are high, both for admission and for continuation in the program. Production assignments are regulated to serve the artistic growth of students thus coordinating production experience with class room exploration.
- The departmental faculty evaluates students desiring to become BFA Design and Technology majors via portfolio reviews and interviews. This should be completed the academic year prior to attending UCF. For complete information visit the audition site online at http://www.theatre.ucf.edu. All BFA students are accepted on a “Provisional” basis their first year. Faculty will evaluate their work and decide whether or not the student may continue the program at the end of the first year.
- The Design and Technology plan of study requires a Fall start for proper course sequencing. Students are not accepted to begin theatre courses in the Spring or Summer semesters.
- Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog. Students must follow the most recent department, internship and school student handbooks which are available at http://www.performingarts.cah.ucf.edu/theatre/resources.
- Students in this major must earn a “C” (2.0) or better or an “S” in each music or theatre course and maintain a 3.0 GPA for all courses required in the major and all courses taken in theatre; must not receive a negative evaluation in a regularly scheduled program review; and must not exhibit chronic unprofessional behavior. Failure to meet these standards will result in probation and/or dismissal from the program. Refer to the SPA Undergraduate Student Handbook- Theatre (http://www.performingarts.cah.ucf.edu/theatre/resources) for details on program standards.
- Departmental Residency Requirement consists of 60 semester hours of courses taken from the UCF Theatre Department.
- All BFA Design and Technology majors are required to participate in Fall and Spring productions and must accept the production positions as assigned. Students must be registered for the appropriate Theatre Participation course in the term in which they participate. Students need not take additional hours to satisfy practicum requirements. Once students have completed their production participation requirements, they may register for a “0” credit participation course to meet departmental registration requirements if they choose. Students may use additional participation credits as electives.
- The department will accept one credit of Theatre Participation coursework for students transferring into the program. Any additional transfer participation credits will count towards electives.
- Internships are subject to departmental approval and may not be fulfilled through participating on a UCF theatre production.
- Courses designated 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
- Courses designated 1 (General Education Program) are taken throughout all four years.
- Co-op cannot be used in this major.
General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)
Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)
Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)
1 This course is only taught during Fall semesters.
Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Statistics - Computers (3 Credit Hours)
Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (20 Credit Hours)
See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information.
1 See Transfer Notes for possible substitutes.
Core Requirements: Basic Level (20 Credit Hours)
Core Requirements: Advanced Level (53 Credit Hours)
Select three: (9 Credit Hours)
1 See Transfer Notes for possible substitutes.
Take four times (4 Credit Hours)
Foreign Language Requirements
- Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.
- Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):
Departmental Exit Requirements
- Earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each Theatre course
- Maintain a Theatre GPA of “B” (3.0) or better
- Complete 93 theatre credits in addition to the GEP for a total of 129. Courses that count in the GEP cannot also count towards total theatre credits.
- Minimum of 60 theatre credits must be completed in residency at UCF.
University Minimum Exit Requirements
- A 2.0 UCF GPA
- 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
- 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
- 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
- A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
- Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.
Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 129
Honors In Major
- Students must consult with a departmental advisor every semester before registration. Students who do not consult with their department advisor will be placed on departmental probation. Repeated failure to consult with a department advisor may lead to release from the program.
Program Academic Learning Compacts
- Due to its conservatory nature, the BFA demands a closely integrated four-year curriculum. Although the program is not designated for transfer students, transfer students may audition and may be admitted, but they should consult with the Department Undergraduate Coordinator to evaluate their transfer credits and to estimate the length of their program of study. We encourage any student wishing to transfer to complete the General Education Program and the Common Program Prerequisites before transferring within the Florida College System or State University System.
- Courses taken at Florida College System institutions may substitute for select upper division courses with permission of the department, although they will not count as upper division credits. University minimum upper division credit requirements must still be met.
- Transfer students will be required to meet the departmental theatre participation requirement through participation on UCF productions.
- Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.
Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses
Acceptable substitutes for common program prerequisites if taken prior to transferring to UCF:
Freshman Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Freshman Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)
Freshman Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Senior Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)