2017-2018 Catalog

Theatre Arts


FACULTY: Angelone, Burgess, Cherry, McLennan (Chair) and Reissig

Degree Granted: Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Department of Theatre Arts offers graduate study leading to a Master of Arts degree. The Master of Arts program is designed to prepare students for either a Master of Fine Arts degree or a Ph.D. The program is individualized so that the student may select a special area of emphasis such as acting, directing, design and technical theatre, playwriting, dramatic literature, feminist theatre, cultural studies, or history. Coursework emphasizes both the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline. An active production schedule provides students with opportunities in all areas.

The Master of Arts program has been designated a Western Regional Graduate Program by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) because of its uniqueness and strength. It is, therefore, open to residents of the thirteen western states at resident tuition rates.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts Master of Arts program is to provide quality educational experiences approved and recognized by the National Association of Schools of Theatre to prepare students for advanced degrees, professional careers, and/or development as teachers. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking, creative expression, and social responsibility as artists and scholars of Theatre.

Goal 1: The student shall be prepared for continuing graduate study in an MFA or Ph. D. program

Goal 2: The student shall be prepared for a career in professional theatre markets.

Goal 3: The graduate shall be prepared to apply the art and scholarship of theatre art in productions within educational and community settings.

Goal 4: The graduate will be committed to life-long learning and serve the civic good with artistic distinction.


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. Twenty-three credits of undergraduate coursework in theatre, drama, or a related discipline.
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A= 4.00).
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’s English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Theatre Arts Department.

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Required Courses:
  5. THEA 500Introduction to Research in Theatre Arts2
    THEA 501Seminars in Theatre Arts6
    THEA 504Dramatic Theory and Criticism3
    THEA 525Period and Style in Dramatic Production3
    Total Credits24
  6. Minimum of six credit hours in the production areas, i.e., Acting, Directing, and Design and Technical Theatre courses.


THEA 500. Introduction to Research in Theatre Arts. 2 Credits.

Bibliography, research methods, academic writing, and resource materials for graduate work in Theatre Arts.

THEA 501. Seminars in Theatre Arts. 1-3 Credits.

Seminars in Dramatic Theory, Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, Performance Theory and topics of special interest to faculty and students on the graduate level. Repeatable. Repeatable.

THEA 502. Seminar in Dramatic Production and Criticism. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

THEA 504. Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 3 Credits.

Survey of critical thinking of the drama as performance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasizes differing perspectives on contemporary dramatic theory and criticism. S, odd years.

THEA 525. Period and Style in Dramatic Production. 3 Credits.

Study of a wide variety of production styles in the staging of dramatic literature from Aeschylus to the present. Prerequisite: THEA 425 or equivalent.

THEA 537. Graduate Cooperative Education. 1-6 Credits.

S/U grading.

THEA 595. Research Problems in Theatre. 1-3 Credits.

Individual study under the direction of the graduate faculty. Repeatable to 9 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits.

THEA 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable. S/U grading.

THEA 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

THEA 998. Thesis. 1-6 Credits.

Repeatable to 6 credits.

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit

THEA 336. Lighting for Stage II. 3 Credits.

The principles, mechanics and design of stage and television lighting; its relationship to set, makeup and costume design; plus laboratory participation in University productions. Prerequisite: THEA 270 or consent of instructor. S, even years.

THEA 339. Production Design. 3 Credits.

The development of the entire theatrical event, from conception to closing, with particular attention to the collaboration of various artists, craftspersons, and managers. Prerequisites: THEA 130, THEA 226, THEA 270 and THEA 300, or consent of instructor. S.

THEA 404. Acting for the Music Theatre. 3 Credits.

Appreciation of and performance techniques for musical theatre including: voice and movement work, acting, and staging. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. S, odd years.

THEA 415. Selected Problems in Theatre Arts. 1-3 Credits.

Topics of special interest to faculty and students, such as Theatre Management, Women's Issues in Drama, Polish Theatre and Drama, Improvisation, Scene Painting, and others. Repeatable up to 9 credits. Repeatable to 9 credits. On demand.

THEA 423. History of the Theatre: Classical, Medieval and Renaissance. 3 Credits.

The theatre in performance. The origins of theatrical forms and their relationships to acting style, physical theatre and audience with the cultural environment. F, even years.

THEA 424. History of the Theatre: Seventeenth Century to the Present. 3 Credits.

A continuation of topics covered in THEA 423 beginning with the Seventeenth Century and continuing to the present. Student need not take THEA 423 prior to enrolling in THEA 424. S, odd years.

THEA 425. Play Direction II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of THEA 300 with emphasis on contemporary theories, analysis, research, conceptualization, and implementation. Laboratory experience. Prerequisite: THEA 300 or consent of instructor. S, even years.

THEA 426. Scene Design for the Stage. 3 Credits.

The analysis, research, and conceptualization of the physical context of theatre productions. Emphasis on individual creative projects. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: THEA 270. Repeatable to 6 credits. F.

THEA 427. Costume Design. 3 Credits.

Elements, principles, and styles of design applied to the visual creation of a dramatic character. Repeatable up to 6 credits. Prerequisites: THEA 260 or consent of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits. S, even years.

THEA 471. Advanced Acting III: Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

A detailed examination of Shakespeare in performance. Prerequisite: THEA 371. On demand.

THEA 488. Playwriting. 3 Credits.

The playwright's problems as revealed through practice of writing plays; experimental productions of the student's creative work whenever possible. Repeatable up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: Sufficient background in theatrical arts and creative writing and consent of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits. F, odd years.

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