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CONTACT INFORMATION: Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre
Box 42061, Lubbock, TX 79409-2061
T 806.742.3601, F 806.742.1338, www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance

About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
    Fields of Specialization: Acting, Design/Technology
  • Master of Arts in Theatre Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
    Fields of Specialization: Arts Administration, Design, Performance and Pedagogy, Playwriting
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts
    Field of Specialization: Theatre Arts

The department is an accredited program of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and sponsors a major season of plays in the University Theatre, a season of faculty- and student-directed plays in the Laboratory Theatre, and a summer season of performing laboratory events with nationally renowned professional artists. In addition, the Department of Theatre and Dance sponsors chapters of Alpha Psi Omega (national theatre honorary), Chi Tau Epsilon (national dance honorary), and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

The department is an institutional member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, the Texas Nonprofit Theatre Inc., the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, the Association of Arts Administration Educators, and the American College Dance Festival Association.Back to Top

 

Undergraduate Program

Grades below C in courses required of theatre and dance majors and minors are not acceptable in fulfillment of degree requirements. A grade of C or higher must be achieved in any DAN or THA course that is a prerequisite for another course. Transfer students must complete the following minimum credit hours of major or minor courses in residence at Texas Tech: B.A. theatre majors, 24 hours; B.F. A. theatre majors, 36 hours; B.A. dance majors, 24 hours; and theatre or dance minors, 9 hours.

Semester Credit Hour and Contact Hour Equivalents. Pursuant to the Texas Tech University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, the Texas Administrative Code, and norms stated in the NAST Handbook, the credit and time expectations for the Department of Theatre and Dance courses are as follows:

  • For studio-based courses, a standard of 30 in-class contact hours per credit hour per term is employed. Further, non-contact hour time expectations for out-of-class student activity typically range from 20 to 30 hours per credit hour per term.
  • For traditionally delivered 3-credit-hour lecture- or seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for 3 hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of 6 hours per week. For 3-credit-hour courses requiring a non-credit lab, students should expect to be in class for 6 hours per week and work outside of class 3 to 6 hours per week

Bachelor of Arts

Theatre Arts Major. TThe number of hours required for the B.A. in Theatre Arts is 120, at least 40 of which must be at the junior and senior levels. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts must complete the following requirements in addition to those required by the university and the College of Visual and Performing Arts: THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1301, 2302, 2303, 3105, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 3351, 4300, 4302, 4308, two hours of dance, and 6 hours of theatre arts electives for a total of 49 hours. The degree will provide students an opportunity to participate in a more individualized degree through the choice of elective courses for a minor from outside the major area discipline that is consistent with the university philosophy and policies for a liberal arts degree.

Dance Major. Students accepted to Texas Tech University who wish to seek a Bachelor of Arts in Dance must also audition for the dance program. Auditions are held every spring semester and consist of prospective students learning and performing movement in modern, ballet, and jazz; solos will not be seen. Auditions also include an expository writing component. Acceptance to Texas Tech University does not ensure admission as a dance major. The number of hours required for the B.A. in Dance is 120, at least 40 of which must be at the junior and senior levels. The degree will provide students an opportunity to participate in a more individualized degree through the choice of elective courses for a minor from outside the major area discipline that is consistent with the university philosophy and policies for a liberal arts degree.  Students seeking the B.A. in Dance must complete the following requirements in addition to those required by the university and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Dance major requirements (55 total hours) are as follows:

  • DAN 1100/3100 (3 semesters)
  • At least 6 credit hours from DAN 1203, 2203, 3203, 4203 (levels to be determined; 2 hours must be upper level)
  • At least 6 credit hours from DAN 1205, 2205, 3205, 4205 (levels to be determined; 2 hours must be upper level)
  • At least 6 credit hours from DAN 1207, 2207, 3207, 4207 (levels to be determined; 2 hours must be upper level)
  • 4 additional credit hours from DAN 3203, 3205, 3207, 4203, 4205, 4207
  • DAN 1106, 2202, 2206, 2313, 3208, 3209, 3301, 3309, 3351, 4313, 4110
    5 credit hours from DAN 1100, 1101, 1108, 1206, 2301, 3000, 4000, 4202

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Students seeking preprofessional training leading to a B.F. A. degree in theatre arts major in either acting or design/technology must be admitted to the B.F. A. program by audition and interview. Students are admitted at the discretion of the faculty. Continuation in the program is dependent upon annual review and the faculty’s assessment of the student’s timely progress. Students whose progress is found unsatisfactory will be placed on programmatic probation.

Students on programmatic probation who fail to improve will be removed from the B.F.A. program. The number of hours required for B.F. A. theatre majors is 120, at least 40 of which must be at the junior and senior levels.

Acting Specialization (79 hours)

THA 1101 and 3303 (or 1102 and 3304 or 1103 and 3305), 1104, 1301, 1302, 2101, 2302, 2303, 2312, 3104, 3105, 3306, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3310, 3341, 3342, 3351, 4208, 4300, 4302; and two courses from THA 3302, 3322, 3332. In addition, students must complete 18 hours from the following options with at least 2 of the 18 hours from the courses in bold type: DAN 1100, 1101, 1108, 1203, 1205, 1206, 1207, 2203, 2205, 2207, 2301, 2313, 3000, 4313; ENGL 2306, 3304, 3385; MUAP 1001, 1002, 1113, 1114, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002; THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1301, 1302, 2305, 2306, 2312, 3105, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3307, 3311, 3322, 3332, 4000, 4303, 4308.

Design/Technology Specialization (79 hours)

ART 1303, 2304; THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 2101, 2302, 2303, 2305, 2306, 3104, 3105, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3307, 3308, 3309, 3351, 4208, 4300, 4302, 4303; three courses from THA 4309, 4310, 4311, 4319; one course from THA 4336, 4337. Also 7 hours must be selected from THA 3100, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3208, 4000, 4308, 4309, 4310, 4311, 4319, 4336, 4337, 4340; ADM 3312; AGSM 2303; ART 1302, 2303, 3323; ARTH 1301, 2302; or PHYS 1406.

 

Theatre and Dance Minors/Concentrations

Students working toward one of the four minors in theatre or dance must complete a minimum of 18-24 hours of specific coursework. Hours applied to the minor area of study may not include courses used to fulfill requirements in the student’s major. Because each minor takes at least four long semesters to complete, students should begin the minor in theatre or dance as early as possible in their academic career. Prospective minors should meet with the theatre and dance advisor as soon as possible for course information regarding prerequisites, availability, etc. pecific course requirements are listed below.

Dance Minor/Concentration. Students who wish to minor in dance must also audition for the dance program. Auditions are held every spring semester and consist of prospective students learning and performing movement in modern, ballet, and jazz. Solos will not be seen. Auditions also include an expository writing component. Acceptance to Texas Tech does not ensure admission as a dance minor. Students accepted as a dance minor must complete the following 24 credit hours:

  • DAN 1100 (2 semesters)
  • At least 4 credit hours from DAN 1203, 2203, 3203, 4203 (levels to be determined; 2 hours must be upper level)
  • At least 4 credit hours from DAN 1205, 2205, 3205, 4205 (levels to be determined; 2 hours must be upper level)
  • At least 4 credit hours from DAN 1207, 2207, 3207, 4207 (levels to be determined; 2 hours must be upper level)
  • DAN 2202, 2313, 3208, 3309

Theatre Arts Minor/Concentration – General. Students completing a theatre arts – general minor must complete the following 18 credit hours:

  • THA 2301 and 2303
  • 3 courses from THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 3105; or any DAN course (with no course counted more than once)
  • THA 3303 or 3304 or 3305
  • 6 hours of advanced THA courses (3000 or 4000 level)

Theatre Arts Minor/Concentration – Acting. Students completing a theatre arts – acting minor must complete 22 credit hours, including THA 1301, 1302, 2302, 2303, 2312, 3105, 3310; and either THA 3302, 3322, or 3332.

Theatre Arts Minor/Concentration – Design. Students completing a theatre arts – design minor must complete 21 credit hours, including THA 2303, 2305, 3303, 3304, 3305; and two courses from THA 4309, 4310, 4311, and 4319.

Teacher Education

Students desiring all-level certification in theatre arts must include the following courses within their overall degree plan: THA 1301, 2303, 2101, 2302, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 4302, and one 3-hour theatre arts elective. Students desiring secondary certification in dance must include the following courses within their overall degree plan: DAN 1100 (twice), 2202, 2301 (or VPA 2301 or DAN 4313), 2313, 3100, 3203, 3205, 3207, 3208, 3209, 3301, 3309, 4110, 4203, 4205, and 4207. The overall degree plan for the B.F.A. or B.A. degree in theatre arts and for the B.A. degree in dance constitutes the academic major for purposes of recommendation for teacher certification.

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Graduate Program

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Theatre Arts requires a minimum of 36 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate. Completion of the M.A. degree requires a thesis and a final exam.

Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts is a terminal professional degree that provides for intensive concentration in performance and pedagogy, design, playwriting, or arts administration. A minimum of 60 hours is required beyond the baccalaureate. Completion of the M.F.A. degree requires a written thesis or a thesis project. In the case of performance and pedagogy and design students, the thesis project is based on a performance or production project accomplished during their program. For playwriting students, each thesis is based on a script that is produced during their program.

Ph.D. in Fine Arts

The department participates with the faculties in art, music, and philosophy in a multidisciplinary program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts. (This degree is detailed in the catalog section that introduces the College of Visual and Performing Arts.) The residence requirement for the fine arts doctoral program is fulfilled by satisfactory completion of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework during one 12-month period.

Concentrations. Doctoral students whose field of specialization is theatre can choose two of the following concentrations: acting and directing; design; history, theory, and criticism; arts administration; and playwriting. Work toward the degree is both scholarly and practical, requires a minimum of 60 semester hours at the graduate level beyond the master’s degree, includes a rigorous comprehensive examination, and culminates in a dissertation that allows a choice of several avenues of research created through traditional research, professional problems, or an internship.

Admission

For admission to any graduate program in theatre, the applicant must fulfill all requirements of the Graduate School as well as departmental requirements. Applicants for the Ph.D. program must also be recommended by the faculty and be approved by the college Graduate Committee. All incoming students must take at the start of the fall term a departmental diagnostic examination that will provide a basis for faculty decisions about leveling courses that may be required and credits that may be transferred.

All graduate students are expected to participate actively in the department’s production program.

Credit and Time Requirements


Pursuant to the Texas Tech University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog, the Texas Administrative Code, and norms stated in the NAST Handbook, the credit and time expectations for the Department of Theatre and Dance graduate courses are as follows:

  • For studio-based courses, in-class contact hours typically include a combination of indivudual meetings and class-based activities that may vary by studio and instructor. Total time expectations for in- and out-of-class student activity typically range from 45 to 60 hours per credit hour per term.
  • For traditionally delivered 3-credit-hour lecture- and seminar-based courses during a regular semester, students should expect to be in class for 3 hours per week and work outside of class a minimum of 6 hours per week. For 3-credit-hour studio- and project-based courses, students should expect to devote 9 to 12 hours to the course per week.Back to Top

 

Course Descriptions

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Faculty

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Mark J. Charney, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: Bert, Charney, Marks
Associate Professors: Bilkey, Chansky, Donahue, Durham, Gelber, Merz, Wesley
Assistant Professors: Corley, Duffy, Gibb, Nolen, Schlief, Warren-Crow
Professor of Practice: Reinsch
Assistant Professor of Practice: Olson
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