2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Studies (B.A.)

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College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Theatre,
Performing Arts Center, Room: T210A

Email: theatre@ucf.edu

Kristina Tollefson, (407) 823-2862

The Bachelor of Arts Degree is designed to offer a thorough foundation in theatre while providing flexibility and opportunity for interdisciplinary study with a required minor. The strength of this program is in the opportunity to combine theatre training with the secondary area of study to create career opportunities in theatre and the entertainment industry. Students find direct career paths and a boost in the job market through the combination of major and minor. Students are open to selecting any minor or second major offered within the University. Upon graduation, students choose to enter the job market or pursue advanced education with a skill set unique to their goals.

Admission Requirements

  • The departmental faculty evaluates, via an interview, students who desire to become BA majors. For complete information visit http://www.theatre.ucf.edu.
  • All students must submit three letters of recommendation, a resume, and transcripts of previous college work at the time of interview.
  • Departmental scholarship applications are due by April 15 for returning students and are available on our department website. Scholarship applications for incoming students are available on our department website and are due at your interview appointment. Scholarship decisions are typically finalized in August prior to the Fall semester. Applications remain active for one year.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students are required to complete a minor to graduate.
  • Students who complete a double major fulfill the minor requirement automatically.
  • Theatre grades of less than “C” (2.0) will not satisfy the major requirements or count towards total theatre credits.
  • Students in this major must earn a “C” (2.0) or better or an “S” in each 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.
  • Students must consult with a departmental advisor each semester before registering. Students who do not consult with their department advisor will be placed on departmental probation which causes him/her to be ineligible for casting or other production positions. Repeated failure to consult with a department advisor may lead to release from the program.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 30 semester hours of courses taken from the UCF Theatre Department.
  • All BA Theatre Studies students must register for three semesters of Theatre Participation in addition to the Technical Theatre Production Lab. One Participation credit must be as part of a run crew. One Participation credit must be as part of a Front of House crew. The third required Participation credit can be in either performance, shop assignments, run crews or Front of House.
  • All Theatre majors who participate in production work must be registered for the appropriate Theatre Participation course in the term in which they are participating. 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. Students may use additional participation credits as electives.
  • Students must follow the most recent department and school student handbooks which are available on the department website at http://www.performingarts.cah.ucf.edu/theatre/resources.
  • The department will accept one credit of Theatre Participation coursework for students transferring into the program. Any additional transfer participation credits will count toward electives.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) are usually completed in the first 90 hours.
  • Courses designated in 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Math: (3 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

  • None

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (13 Credit Hours)

1 See Transfer Notes for possible substitutes

Restricted Electives (13 Credit Hours)

  • Any THE, TPA, TPP, DAA, or DAN course taught by the Theatre Department, except THE 3006 , and not already applied toward a program requirement. Independent Study, Undergraduate Research and Honors in the Major courses taught by the Department of Theatre can also be used as electives. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the Theatre Department Undergraduate Coordinator. Courses with these prefixes not taught by the Department of Theatre cannot be used in this program.

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Met by graduation requirement


  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • None

Required Minors

  • Theater Studies BA students must complete a minor of at least 18 hours. See selected discipline for Minor requirements, information, and changes. University upper division credit hour requirements must be met. Students are discouraged from taking excess hours and should consider total credit hours required when selecting a minor. When no official minor is offered, students may complete an 18-credit-hour area of concentration when pre-approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Departmental Exit Requirements

Earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each Theatre course.

  • Maintain a “B” (3.0) Theatre GPA or better.
  • Write an Exit Critique of a UCF-affiliated production and pass each section evaluated the semester prior to final semester of theatre classes.
  • Complete an Exit Survey and Exit Interview/Audit Check the semester prior to final semester of theatre classes.
  • Minimum of 30 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: 120

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower level 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 requirement must still be met.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Program Academic Learning Compacts (student learning outcomes) for undergraduate programs are located at: http://www.oeas.ucf.edu/alc/academic_learning_compacts.htm

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $45 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $90 per term

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Theatre Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Theatre Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Theatre Elective Credit Hours: 3

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