Visual and Performing Arts, BA - Theatre

Visual and Performing Arts, BA


Program Delivery

On Campus

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

  The Visual & Performing Arts BA - Theatre Option is designed to prepare students for a career in theatre while also providing experience in other arts disciplines.

Focus of Study

   The Theatre option in VAPA gives students a strong foundation in theatre history and practice, including acting, directing, and technical theatre preparation, as well as a broad background in visual and performing arts. Through selecting electives, students may focus their studies on the aspects of theatre most of interest to them. As part of the degree work, students will participate in at least 5 theatrical productions while at UCCS.

Program Requirements

   The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Visual and Performing Arts - Theatre requires the following to meet the VAPA requirements:

  • A minimum of 60 credit hours of VAPA coursework. At least 33 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • 3 credits of cross-disciplinary coursework (selected from 2000-level or higher courses in History of Art & Visual Practice, Film Studies, Music, or Visual Art).
  • A grade of C or better in courses applied to the major.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all VAPA coursework.

Required coursework for the Theatre option is detailed below.

Program Coursework

   Students intending to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with a Theatre option must complete 60 credit hours of coursework within the department: 48 in Theatre, 9 in VAPA (see above), and 3 within another VAPA option for a Cross-Disciplinary component (see above). See advising sheet for more information.

Lower-division Theatre Requirements: 10 credits

  • THTR 1000: Introduction to Theatre
  • THTR 2000: Introduction to Technical Theatre
  • THTR 2020: Acting Workshop I

Upper-division Theatre Requirements: 12 credits

  • THTR 3201: Topics in Early Theatre History
  • THTR 3202: Topics in Modern Theatre History
  • THTR 35XX: Advanced Technical Theatre Topics
  • THTR 4060: Directing I

Practicum Requirements: 5 credits

Students must contribute to 5 productions at 1 credit each. Student contributions must reflect at least one occurrence of each section (3390, 3391, 3392, 4393): acting, technical theatre, stage management/directing and Theatre Capstone.

Theatre Electives: 18 credits

Students must complete 18 credits of theatre electives, 12 of which must be upper-division credits.

Dance 2000-level Elective: 3 credits

Students must complete one 2000-level Dance elective.

Admission Details

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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