Admissions

Entrance to the program is by audition/interview or portfolio review. Information about the audition process, including dates on the School of Theater website. Admission to the university is determined by the Admissions Office.

Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

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

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 191Theater Support/Engagement 10
THR 198Theatrical Construction Practicum1
THR 201Stage Management3
THR 210Acting I (Mason Core)3
THR 230Fundamentals of Production (Mason Core)3
THR 300Voice and Speech3
THR 329Directing3
THR 350Script Analysis3
THR 411Great Film Directors (Mason Core)3
or THR 412 Great Film Performances (Mason Core)
Movement3
Select one from the following:
Movement for Actors
Advanced Movement for Actors
Unarmed Stage Combat
Movement in Musical Theater
Synthesis3
Select one course from the following:
Advanced Studies in Directing/Dramaturgy (Mason Core)
Text in Production (Mason Core)
Design/Tech in the Discipline3
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Theatrical Design 4
Event Technical Production
Lighting Stagecraft
Sound Engineering
Scene Painting
Seminar in Technical Theater
Makeup Design
Writing in the Discipline3
Select one course from the following: 3
Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Playwriting I
Screenplay Workshop
Translation Adaptation for Stage Screen
Dramatic Literature
Select one course from the following: 33
Dramatic Literature Seminar
Advanced Studies in Theater History
American Voices
World Stages (Mason Core) 2
Contemporary Women Playwrights
Total Credits43

Theater BFA Concentrations

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

Concentrations

Design for Stage and Screen Concentration (DSS)

THR 339Principles of Design3
THR 492Advanced Practicum3
Select 9 courses from the following: 127
Event Technical Production
Lighting Stagecraft
Sound Engineering
Scene Painting
Seminar in Technical Theater
Drafting and Model Making
History of Fashion and Dress
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Technical Direction
Sound Design
Advanced Studies in Directing
Makeup Design
Costume Technology
Puppetry
Advanced Sound Engineering
Musical Theater Ensemble 2
Advanced Lighting Design
Special Topics in Theater
Seminar on the Profession
Field Experience
Total Credits33

Musical Theater Performance Concentration (MTPF)

Required Core Courses
MUSI 113Aural Skills I 11
MUSI 114Aural Skills II 11
MUSI 115Introduction to Music Theory 13
MUSI 171Keyboard Skills I 11
MUSI 172Keyboard Skills II 11
MUSI 381University Chorale (Mason Core)1
or THR 211 Mason Cabaret
8 credits in
MUSI 223Applied Music in Voice (must be taken for a total of 8 credits) Applied Music credit is determined in consultation with Faculty.8
or MUSI 243 Applied Music in Voice
THR 306Movement in Musical Theater3
THR 310Acting II3
THR 320Performance Studio3
THR 410Acting for the Camera3
or THR 420 Advanced Performance Studio
THR 422Advanced Performance Practicum3
THR 427Musical Theater Workshop3
Ensemble 3
Select one course from:
Musical Theater Ensemble 2
Field Experience
Senior Capstone Project
Movement Elective3
Select one course from: 3
Intermediate Jazz Technique (Mason Core)
Advanced Jazz Dance (Mason Core) (200 level pre-requisite must be met)
Advanced Movement for Actors
Unarmed Stage Combat
Advanced Stage Combat
Total Credits40

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
THR 422Advanced Performance Practicum3
or THR 492 Advanced Practicum
Select 4 courses from the following: 112
Performance Studio
Acting Shakespeare
Advanced Studies in Directing
Makeup Design
Advanced Performance Studio
Audition Techniques: Stage and Camera
Musical Theater Ensemble 2
Special Topics in Theater
Seminar on the Profession
Field Experience
Select 2 courses from the following: 16
Advanced Movement for Actors
Unarmed Stage Combat
Movement in Musical Theater
Advanced Stage Combat
Musical Theater Workshop
Total Credits33

General Electives

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).0-7
Total Credits0-7

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Sample Plan of Study

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on pre-requisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
THR 1503THR 1513
THR 201 or 2103THR Concentration Course3
THR 2303Mason Core (typically COMM 100 or 101)3
Mason Core (typically ENGH 101)3Mason Core (typically Arts - outside the major)3
Mason Core (typically Quantitative Reasoning)3Mason Core (typically Literature)3
THR 1910THR 1910
 15 15
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
THR 201 or 2103THR 3503
Movement or Design/Tech in the Discipline3THR 3293
THR 300 or THR Concentration Course3Movement or Design/Tech in the Discipline3
THR Concentration Course3THR Concentration Course3
Mason Core (typically Information Technology)3Mason Core (typically HIST 100 or 125)3
THR 1910THR 1910
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Dramatic Literature or Writing in the Discipline3Dramatic Literature or Writing in the Discipline3
THR 300 or THR Concentration Course3Film Study or THR Concentration Course3
THR Concentration Course3THR Concentration Course3
Mason Core (typically Lab Science)4Mason Core (typically ENGH 302)3
THR 1981Mason Core (typically Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
 14 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Synthesis or THR Concentration Course3Synthesis or THR Concentration Course3
Film Study or THR Concentration Course3THR Concentration Course3
THR Concentration Course3THR Concentration Course3
Mason Core (typically Non-Lab Science)3Elective3
Mason Core (typically Global Understanding)3Elective3
 Elective1
 15 16
Total Credits 120

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

Concentration in Musical Theater Performance

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
THR 1503THR 1513
THR 2103THR 2303
Mason Core (typically ENGH 101)3THR 3103
Mason Core (typically Quantitative Reasoning)3Mason Core (typically COMM 100 or 101)3
DANC Course (Chosen from Mason Core Arts list)3Mason Core (typically Literature)3
THR 1910THR 1910
MUSI 2231MUSI 2231
 16 16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core (typically Information Technology)3Mason Core (typically Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
Mason Core (typically HIST 100 or 125)3Mason Core (Typically Global Understanding)3
Movement (THR 303, 304, or 305) or THR 3003THR 3503
THR 4273THR 306 or 2013
MUSI 1153THR 1910
THR 1910MUSI 1711
MUSI 2231MUSI 3811
 MUSI 2231
 16 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core (typically Lab Science)4Mason Core (typically Non-Lab Science)3
THR 3293THR 306 or 2013
Movement (THR 303, 304, or 305) or THR 3003THR 411 or 4123
THR 3203Dramatic Literature or THR 4203
MUSI 1131MUSI 1721
MUSI 2231THR 1981
 MUSI 2231
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Mason Core (typically ENGH 302)3Synthesis (THR 440 or 496)3
Dramatic Lit or THR 4103Writing in the Discipline or Design/Tech in the Discipline3
Writing in the Discipline or Design/Tech in the Discipline3THR 303, 304, 305, DANC 231, or DANC 3313
MUSI 1141-2THR 428, 494, or 4953
MUSI 2231MUSI 2231
THR 4223 
 14-15 13
Total Credits 120-121

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

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.