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Program Requirements

In addition to the Mason Core requirements, Theater majors must complete a minimum of 76 credits in the major: 46 credits of required Theater core courses plus 30 credits in the selected concentration. Concentrations are: Design for Stage and Screen, Musical Theater Performance, Performance for Stage and Screen (Acting and Directing), Writing and Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen.

Banner Code: AR-BFA-THR

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Mason Core

Foundation Requirements
Oral Communication3
Information Technology3
Quantitative Reasoning3
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core) 13
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 13
Core Requirements
Literature3
Arts 23
Natural Science 37
Western Civilization/World History3
Global Understanding3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Total Credits37
1

Nonnative speakers of English with limited proficiency in the language may substitute ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) for ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core). Students must attain a minimum grade of C in ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) or ENGH 101 Composition (Mason Core), as well as in ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core), to fulfill degree requirements.

2

Outside the major. Students earning a concentration in Musical Theater Performance must take DANC 125 Modern/Contemporary Dance I (Mason Core), DANC 131 Beginning Jazz Technique (Mason Core), DANC 145 Ballet I (Mason Core), DANC 161 Beginning Tap Dance (Mason Core), DANC 225 Modern/Contemporary Dance II (Mason Core), DANC 231 Intermediate Jazz Technique (Mason Core), DANC 245 Ballet II (Mason Core), or DANC 331 Advanced Jazz Dance (Mason Core).

3

Including one laboratory science

4

Writing and Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen Concentration requires THR 440 Advanced Studies in Directing/Dramaturgy (Mason Core)

Major

Theater Core Requirements
Note: All THR majors may not double count THR courses within the major. All THR courses count either towards the degree core or the concentration, but not both.
THR 150Greeks to Restoration (Mason Core)3
THR 151Romanticism to Present (Mason Core)3
THR 191Practical Theater Seminar 10
THR 196Performance or Design Practicum1
THR 197Stage or Literary Practicum1
THR 198Theatrical Construction Practicum1
THR 199Production Run Crew Practicum1
THR 201Stage Management3
THR 210Acting I (Mason Core)3
THR 230Fundamentals of Production (Mason Core)3
THR 300Voice and Speech3
Select one from the following:3
Movement for Actors
Advanced Movement for Actors
Unarmed Stage Combat
THR 329Directing3
THR 350Script Analysis3
THR 411Great Film Directors (Mason Core)3
or THR 412 Great Film Performances (Mason Core)
Synthesis3
Select one course from the following:
Advanced Studies in Directing/Dramaturgy (Mason Core)
Text in Production (Mason Core)
Design in the Discipline3
Select one course from the following:
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Principles of Design
Puppetry
or permission of Director
Writing in the Discipline3
Select one course from the following:
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Screenplay Workshop
Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Translation Adaptation for Stage Screen
Dramatic Literature
Select one course from the following:3
Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Dramatic Literature Seminar
Moral Vision in American Theater
World Stages (Mason Core) 2
Theater as the Life of the Mind (Mason Core)
Contemporary Women Playwrights
or permission of Director
Total Credits46
1

Must be taken four times during course of study.

2

May fulfill Mason Core global understanding or the upper-level dramatic literature requirement but not both.

Theater BFA Concentrations

Theater majors earning a BFA in Theater must select one of the following concentrations: 

Design for Stage and Screen Concentration (DSS)

THR 339Principles of Design3
Select 5 courses from the following:15
Costume Crafts
Event Technology
Lighting Stagecraft
Sound Engineering
Seminar in Technical Theater
Drafting and Model Making
History of Fashion and Dress
Costume Technology
or permission of Director
Select 4 courses from the following:12
Scene Painting
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Makeup Design
Puppetry
Advanced Lighting Design
or permission of Director
Total Credits30

Musical Theater Performance Concentration (MTPF)

Required Core Courses
MUSI 113Aural Skills I1
MUSI 115Theory I3
MUSI 116Theory II3
8 credits in8
Applied Music in Voice (must be taken four times for a total of 8 credits)
THR 310Acting II3
THR 320Performance Studio3
THR 410Acting for the Camera3
or THR 420 Advanced Performance Studio
THR 427Musical Theater Workshop3
or permission of Director
Select one course from:3
Advanced Jazz Dance (Mason Core) (200 level pre-requisite must be met)
Advanced Movement for Actors
Unarmed Stage Combat
Advanced Stage Combat
or permission of Director
Total Credits30

Performance for Stage and Screen (Acting and Directing) Concentration (PSS)

THR 301Advanced Study in Voice3
THR 310Acting II3
THR 365Characterization3
or THR 421 One-Person Show
THR 410Acting for the Camera3
or permission of Director
Select 4 courses from the following:12
Performance Studio
Acting Shakespeare
Advanced Studies in Directing
Makeup Design
Advanced Performance Studio
or permission of Director
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Advanced Movement for Actors
Unarmed Stage Combat
Movement in Musical Theater
Advanced Stage Combat
Audition Techniques: Stage and Camera
Musical Theater Workshop
or permission of Director
Total Credits30

Writing and Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen Concentration (WDSS)

30 credits of required coursework chosen from the following in consultation with a faculty adviser based on the student's area of interest.30
Literary Management
Acting II
Advanced Studies in Directing
Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Dramatic Literature Seminar
Moral Vision in American Theater
World Stages (Mason Core)
Characterization
Playwriting I
Playwriting II
Screenplay Workshop
Theater as the Life of the Mind (Mason Core)
Acting for the Camera
Great Film Directors (Mason Core)
Great Film Performances (Mason Core)
One-Person Show
Advanced Studies in Directing/Dramaturgy (Mason Core)
Advanced Playwriting
Advanced Screenplay Workshop
Translation Adaptation for Stage Screen
Collaborative Lab Experience
Senior Capstone Project
Writing for the Moving Image
Ethics of Film and Video (Mason Core)
FAVS 470
Feature-Length Scriptwriting
or permission of Director
Total Credits30

General Electives

BFA students pursuing a concentration in Musical Theater Performance must use 7 credits of general electives to complete:7
Aural Skills II
Movement in Musical Theater
Musical Theater Ensemble
Senior Capstone Project
After fulfilling degree requirements, BFA students may use remaining general electives credits inside or outside of the department. All students are required to take a minimum of 45 credits of upper-division courses (300-400 level).
Total Credits7

Honors in the Major

Highly-qualified students who have completed 75 credits may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Students apply for Honors in Theater by submitting to the Director (by November 15 or April 15) a two-page written statement outlining their reasons for pursuing advanced coursework and specific professional goals, along with the names of two Mason theater faculty members who have agreed to serve as references.

Students satisfy the honors course sequence by taking three honors-specific courses from their chosen concentration. They must also maintain an overall GPA of 3.50 and a GPA of 3.75 within the major.