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    For students entering in 2023-24
Theatre Performance (B.F.A.) Suggested 4-year Plan

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» Theatre Performance (B.F.A.): Suggested 4-year Plan for 2023-24

How to Use your 4-year Plan

  • This is a suggested 4-year plan for your major, as followed by the Department of Theatre, and not meant to replace regular academic advising.
  • The plan may be flexible and changed to accommodate studying abroad, a second major/minor(s) or AP/IB credits.
  • You should work with the B.A. Theatre Program Director and/or academic advisor to develop a plan that meets your interests and goals.
  • You must earn a minimum of 120 credits to graduate and 78 major-specific credits to earn a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.
  • Transfer students and those looking to add as a second major should contact the program advisor for degree planning.
  • If you have any questions, please contact theatre@chapman.edu.

Suggested 4-year Plan

  • We encourage you to select your General Education (GE) and minor/second major/Themed Inquiry/Honors program around the plan below. Once you fill your GE classes around your major classes, you will have a better idea of space remaining each semester when choosing your Exploration Focus.
  • To be enrolled full time, you must take at least 12 credits a semester.
  • In order to graduate within 4 years, we recommend you take 30 credits a year.

 

Year 1

Fall Semester (8.5 credits for major)

  • TH 100 - Introduction to Theatre Technology (3 credits)
  • TH 105 - Theatre Practicum (0.5 credits)
  • TH 111 - Introduction to Performing Techniques (2 credits)
  • TH 170 - Creating Theatre: From Page to Stage - The Art of Collaboration (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6.5 credits for major)

  • TH 105 - Theatre Practicum (0.5 credits)
  • TH 112 - Acting Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • TH 211 - Movement for the Performer (3 credits)



Year 2

Fall Semester (10.5 credits for major)

  • TH 105 - Theatre Practicum (0.5 credits)
  • TH 218 - Character Building for Performance (3 credits)
  • TH 220 - Basic Makeup for the Performing Artist (1 credit)
  • TH 230 - Screen Acting I (3 credits)
  • TH 283 - Voice Production and Techniques I (3 credits)
  • TH 113 - Theatre Performance (1 credit) or TH 313 Theatre Performance (1 credit)*

Spring Semester (3 credits for major)

All BFA Theatre Performance sophomores are attending the Theatre Academy of London during this semester.

  • TH Elective (3 credits)**

 

* TH 113/313 can be taken in any semester.

** Students must complete 15 total credits of major electives, which can be taken in any semester. Three of those credits must be a technology elective. See the catalog for a list of major electives.

 



Year 3

Fall Semester (12.5 credits for major)

  • TH 105 - Theatre Practicum (0.5 credits)
  • TH 371 - Theatre History I - Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century (3 credits)
  • TH 379 - Text Analysis and Scene Study for Performance (3 credits)
  • TH 388 - Directing for the Theatre I (3 credits)
  • TH Elective (3 credits)**

Spring Semester (15 credits for major)

  • TH XXX - Area of Study Upper Elective (3 credits)
  • TH 372 - Theatre History II - Eighteenth to Twentieth Centuries (3 credits)
  • TH 498A - Senior Seminar: Professional Development (1 credit)

 

 ** Students must complete 15 total credits of major electives, which can be taken in any semester. Three of those credits must be a technology elective. See the catalog for a list of major electives.

 


 

Year 4

Fall Semester (12 credits for major)

  • TH 321 - Meisner Technique (3 credits)
  • TH 410 - Acting Shakespeare II (3 credits)
  • TH 497A - The Business of Acting (3 credits)
  • TH Elective (3 credits)**

Spring Semester (9 credits for major)

  • TH 369 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
  • TH 497B - BFA Showcase (3 credits)
  • TH Elective (3 credits)**

 

 ** Students must complete 15 total credits of major electives, which can be taken in any semester. Three of those credits must be a technology elective. See the catalog for a list of major electives.

Chapman Catalog

Theatre Performance (B.F.A.)


View all requirements, courses, and electives and elective groups on the Theatre Performance (B.F.A.) catalog page.