Visual and Dramatic ArtsSchool of HumanitiesDegree Requirements for BA in Visual & Dramatic Arts, Theatre TrackDepartment of Visual and Dramatic Arts majors are students who concentrate their focus of study in the visual and dramatic arts, with emphasis in the studio arts, film and photography, or theatre tracts. Each student should discuss with their faculty advisor their selection of courses and any other matters of concern in the student's academic life such as study and travel abroad, scholarships and internships, career goals or options, etc. (For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements in the Rice University General Announcements.)
Distinction in Research and Creative Works Distinction
in Research and Creative Works is a university award for select undergraduates,
granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students
must apply within their department or program to be considered for the award
and a letter from a faculty member must support the application.
for the award extends widely to include a variety of research, design, and
other creative projects, as well as persistent dedication to research. Projects
completed in part or entirely at other institutions or with community partners
will be eligible for consideration.
must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 in
courses completed at Rice.
of further note: The award will be granted only to projects that produce a
concrete outcome – e.g. an essay, invention, design, art exhibition, project or
performance, or musical composition – and demonstrate commitment and/or achievement
above and beyond the norm. Students who complete senior theses, senior design
projects or other required senior capstone projects shall not qualify
automatically for consideration for this university distinction.
of Visual and Dramatic Arts Application must include: 1) application form;
including portfolio; 2) overall GPA of 3.30; 3) a written artist statement; 4)
letter of support from a Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty member; 5) public
exhibition, screening, publication or performance that includes a lecture or
artist talk component by applicant; 6) two-page description of how the project
meets the requirements of Distinction.
department requires exceptional evidence of success, as defined by completion
of a project (body of artwork, film, theatrical design work, etc.). Support
through the application process will be available through the department-- e.g.
workshops, seminars and individual meetings with faculty mentors.
the department or look online for deadline dates. No electronic submissions
accepted. Please note that your project does not have to be completed to apply
for Distinction (all final materials will be due on April 18, 2014). The
department will select a very limited number of students for Distinction.
Transfer Credit No
more than two courses may be transferred for the single or double major to
satisfy degree requirements for BA in Visual and Dramatic Arts degree. The two
transfer credit courses must be studio, film, or theatre practice courses
required for all majors. Advanced placement credit may not be used by Visual
and Dramatic Arts majors to fulfill department degree requirements.
Entering transfer students who are transferring
coursework from another accredited college or university will be allowed to
transfer their undergraduate art courses. Students must speak with the
department chairman immediately upon transferring to Rice.
The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will
accept academic work completed in the Spring at NYU program as well as the National Theater Institute program,
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, as transfer credit to fulfill major requirements
(following university transfer credit guidelines).
See also Transfer Credit in the Information for
Undergraduate Students section of the Rice
University General Announcements.
Theatre Program faculty are actively involved in
professional theatre and film locally, nationally, and internationally and
actively pursue opportunities to involve advanced students in that work. In addition, advanced students are
encouraged to apply for internship positions whenever possible. Rice students have been accepted in
competitive internships such as The Alley Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre,
Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Peter Hall Company. In addition, students are encouraged to
study theatre abroad and transfer course credit back to Rice. Approval for transfer credit must be
sought prior to enrollment in a study-abroad program by contacting the director
of the Theatre Program.
In even number years, the Theatre Program,
sponsored by the Alan and Shirley Grob Endowment for Shakespeare in
Performance, hosts the Actors From the London Stage—one of the oldest
established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world—for a week-long
residency of workshops, performances, and lectures. Each tour presents a full-length play by Shakespeare
performed by five classically trained actors who come from such prestigious
companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company; the Royal National Theatre of Great
Britain; and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
National Theater Institute The
National Theater Institute is the educational arm of the renowned Eugene
O'Neill Theater Center. The
program is designed to complement a liberal arts education with three distinct
study-away programs, all offering rigorous, risk-taking theater exploration. The semester long program at the
O'Neill Center in Connecticut, the NTI Moscow Art Theater semester and the
seven-week Theatermakers summer program confront the serious theater student
with opportunities to discover new creative possibilities.