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Theatre Track Major Requirements

Visual and Dramatic Arts
School of Humanities
Degree Requirements for BA in Visual & Dramatic Arts, Theatre Track

Department 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.) 

Theatre Track
Single Major

(13 courses required)
•THEA 100, Stage Craft, or THEA 101, Costume Construction, or THEA 103, Theatre Technology.
•THEA 300, Introduction to Theatre Design or THEA 301, Acting I
•THEA 303, Introduction to Theatre or THEA 315, Introduction to Theatre History
•THEA 331, Theatre Production-Crew
•Six (6) elective courses in theatre (THEA), studio arts practice, theory, or criticism (ARTS), photography (FOTO), or film (FILM).
•Three (3) elective courses in dramatic or film theory or criticism, dramatic literature, or art history. NOTE: Open
selections may be qualified by course prerequisites. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with the
theatre faculty advisor.
•ARTS 294; Junior Field Trip
(recommended)

Theatre Track
Double Major

(11 courses required)
•THEA 100, Stage Craft, or THEA 101, Costume Construction, or THEA 103, Theatre Technology.
•THEA 300, Introduction to Theatre Design, or THEA 301 Acting I
•THEA 303, Introduction to Theatre or THEA 315, Introduction to Theatre History
•THEA 331, Theatre Production-Crew
•Four (4) elective courses in theatre (THEA), studio arts practice, theory, or criticism (ARTS), photography (FOTO), or film (FILM).
•Three (3) elective courses in dramatic or film theory or criticism, dramatic literature, or art history. NOTE: Open selections may be qualified by course prerequisites. Elective courses should be selected in consultation with the
theatre faculty advisor.
•ARTS 294; Junior Field Trip (recommended)

Theatre track majors are strongly encouraged to explore theatre-related courses offered in other departments that may enrich the theatre major, such as: philosophy, anthropology, science, history, cultural studies, language, writing,  comparative studies, etc. Students should speak with their faculty advisor prior to enrolling.

Theatre track majors are encouraged to take Lifetime Physical Activity Program (LPAP) courses to supplement and enhance their studies in theatre. Courses include (but not limited to): LPAP 148, Dance Choreography; LPAP 130, Contact Improvisation; LPAP 155, Introduction to Ballet; LPAP 133, Capoeira; LPAP 157, Jazz Dance/Hip Hop; and LPAP 151, The Alexander Technique. Students should receive departmental approval and have already satisfied the LPAP graduation requirements before enrolling. Students may not take more than 4 LPAP courses
for credit.
 
The junior year field trip will be designed to help visual arts majors focus on the upcoming senior year of intensive studio work, and to get to know the Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty and staff. Trips may include local Houston alternative art, theatre, and film venues, museums, artist studios, and exhibitions as well as travel to destinations within the United States to visit significant arts sites and works.

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.
 

Eligibility 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. 

Applicants must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 in courses completed at Rice. 

Also, 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. 

Department 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. 

The 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. 

Contact 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.

Rice Theatre Program
Rice Theatre Program curriculum offers a solid foundation in all aspects of theatrical production from acting and directing to technology and design for students who wish to pursue a professional career in theatre or continue on to a graduate program.  Theatre courses are also open to non-majors who want to gain a greater appreciation for the art of theatre.
 
 
There are two main-stage productions (one fall and one spring) and the possibility of two student showcases offered each year in Hamman Hall—a 500-seat proscenium theatre facility. The department invites distinguished guest artists each semester to direct and produce the two main-stage productions. Participation in productions is open to all students.

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.

The National Theater Institute offers an extensive conservatory-based training program for the dedicated student.  Distinguished master teaching artists guide the classes in courses in acting, directing, design, playwriting, stage combat, voice and movement. The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will accept academic work completed at the National Theater Institute as transfer credit to fulfill major requirements (following university transfer credit guidelines).