Major in Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a B.A./B.S. in Theatre Arts with a track in either Design and Production or Theatre Studies.

Majors should work with a faculty adviser to select courses in their focus of study. All students must attain a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in courses applied to the major. The Pass grading option is not available for courses applied to the major. Students are expected to take lower-division prerequisites before attempting the required upper-division electives.

B.A./B.S. in Theatre Arts

Design and Production Track

The Design and Production track provides a broad foundation in all areas of theatre design and technical production, while preparing the student for graduate study or entry-level professional work in scenic, costume, lighting, sound or makeup design, or technical direction, construction and support. Faculty mentors guide qualified students through design and production projects of increasing responsibility, ­culminating in mainstage designs and leadership production positions for the most advanced students. The Design and Production Track has an excellent record of internship and career placements.

Theatre Studies Track

The Theatre Studies Track integrates academic inquiry and performance exploration through a comprehensive study of the art of theatre in relation to multiple communities, from local to global. The track consists of THEA 109, four courses from required categories of study and one elective in an area of individual interest. This well-rounded curriculum will provide a strong foundation for graduate study or entry-level professional work to students with interests in areas such as directing, dramaturgy, theatre administration or stage management. It is also an excellent choice for students who wish to apply their theatre skills to other fields such as education, law or business.

Students in Design and Production, or Theatre Studies tracks must complete:

  • 46 units in theatre (at least 18 units at the 300-400 level)
  • 28 units of required courses of all majors
  • 18 elective units

Transfer Credit Policy 

Transfer students majoring in Theatre are required to complete a minimum of 20 units of theatre courses at Towson University, with at least 12 units at the upper (300–400) level. Majors need a total of 18 upper-level theatre units, including transfer courses.

Transfer students who minor in Theatre must complete at least 12 units of theatre courses at Towson University, with at least 6 at the upper level. Minors need a total of 12 upper-level theatre units, including transfer courses.

Applicability of transfer work is determined by the department chair. Prospective transfer students should schedule an appointment with the chair at their earliest opportunity.

REQUIRED THEATRE COURSES FOR ALL Theatre ARts MAJORS

Theatre Courses
THEA 125SCRIPT ANALYSIS3
THEA 211HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I3
THEA 212HISTORY OF THEATRE & DRAMA II3
THEA 213HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA III3
Select one of the following:3
SCENIC DESIGN I
COSTUME DESIGN I
LIGHTING DESIGN I
THEA 331DIRECTING I3
THEA 497THEATRE PRODUCTION: RUNNING CREW1
THEA 499SPECIAL PROJECT IN THEATRE RESEARCH3
Select three of the following 1-unit courses, as defined in Track sections3
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ACTING
THEATRE PRODUCTION: SCENIC ELEMENTS
THEATRE PRODUCTION: LIGHTING AND SOUND
THEATRE PRODUCTION: COSTUME
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ADMINISTRATION
Total Units25

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TRACK 

In addition to the courses required of all majors, students in the Design and Production Track must complete:

Required Courses
THEA 109ACTING I FOR DESIGN/PRODUCTION AND THEATRE STUDIES3
Select three of the following, may not use the course completed as part of required courses for all Theatre Arts Majors listed above9
SCENIC DESIGN I
STAGECRAFT I
COSTUME DESIGN I
LIGHTING DESIGN I
THEA 486THEATRE DESIGN PORTFOLIO1
Select two of the following:6
STAGECRAFT II
COSTUME DESIGN II
LIGHTING DESIGN II
SCENIC DESIGN II
Theatre Production Courses required by Design and Production Track to Fulfill Theatre Department Course Requirements
THEATRE PRODUCTION: SCENIC ELEMENTS
THEATRE PRODUCTION: LIGHTING AND SOUND
THEATRE PRODUCTION: COSTUME
Suggested enrichment courses
SOUND DESIGN
COSTUME, DRESS AND SOCIETY
MAKEUP DESIGN I
STAGE MANAGEMENT
MAKEUP DESIGN II: PROSTHETIC MAKEUP DEVELOPMENT
DRAFTING FOR THE THEATRE
PROPERTIES DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
ADVANCED STUDY IN STAGE MANAGEMENT
STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND SAFETY
SCENE PAINTING
PERIOD STYLE FOR DESIGN
ADVANCED STUDY IN THEATRE DESIGN
PROFESSIONAL THEATRE SEMINAR
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ACTING
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ADMINISTRATION
Total Units19

THEATRE STUDIES TRACK 

In addition to the courses required of all majors, students in the Theatre Studies Track must complete:

Required Courses
THEA 109ACTING I FOR DESIGN/PRODUCTION AND THEATRE STUDIES3
THEA 142INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN3
Select one of the following in performance creation:3
ENSEMBLE THEATRE LABORATORY
PLAYWRITING
Select one of the following in dramaturgy and theory:3
CULTURE DIVERSITY IN CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
THEORIES OF THEATRE
TOPICS IN DIVERSITY
PRODUCTION DRAMATURGY
Select one of the following in community engagement:3
THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
THEATRE OF CROSSING CULTURES
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN THEATRE
TOWSON THEATRE INFUSION
Select one of the following courses in theatre organization and administration:3
STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEATRE ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Select three Theatre Production Courses as required by Theatre Studies Track in order to Fulfill Department Requirements
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ACTING
THEATRE PRODUCTION: SCENIC ELEMENTS
THEATRE PRODUCTION: LIGHTING AND SOUND
THEATRE PRODUCTION: COSTUME
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ADMINISTRATION
Elective: One additional theatre course from student's area of interest3
Total Units21

1. Demonstrate ability to present research, projects, resumes and/or portfolios according to the student’s specified course of study.
2. Demonstrate ability to use appropriate information technology in historical and cultural research.
3. Demonstrate ability to express through clear writing and critical thinking a unique point of view on theatre.

Design and Production Track Suggested Four-Year Plan  

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 1093THEA 211, 212, or 2133
THEA 1253Select two of the following:6
THEA 1423
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3
Core3
 
 THEA 494, 495, 496, or 4971
 ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
 Core3
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 201, 251, 253, or 2553THEA 201, 251, 253, or 255 (or Core)3
THEA 211, 212, or 2133THEA 211, 212, or 2133
THEA 351, 354, 355, or 3613THEA 494, 495, 496, or 4971
THEA 494, 495, 496, or 4971Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Upper-Level Design/Tech Elective3
Core 
Core 
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 201, 251, 253, or 2553Upper-Level Design/Tech Elective3
THEA 3313Upper-Level Design/Tech Elective3
THEA 494, 495, 496, or 4971Core3
Design/Tech Elective3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3 
 16 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
12 units are available each term for the student and adviser to create a well-rounded education based on student’s area of specialty. The senior year in Design and Production is created in consultation with the student’s mentor/adviser. Internships, special research projects, design projects, assisting a faculty member or advanced elective courses are exchanged for units. 1212 units are available each term for the student and adviser to create a well-rounded education based on student’s area of specialty. The senior year in Design and Production is created in consultation with the student’s mentor/adviser. Internships, special research projects, design projects, assisting a faculty member or advanced elective courses are exchanged for units. 12
 THEA 4993
 12 15
Total Units 121

Theatre Studies Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 1093THEA 211, 212, or 2133
THEA 1253ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
THEA 1423Core3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 201, 253, or 255 (or Core)3THEA 201, 253, or 255 (or Core)3
THEA 211, 212, or 2133THEA 211, 212, or 2133
THEA 314 or 317 (One course in Performance Creation)3One theatre production as defined by track1
One theatre production course as defined by track1Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 303, 307, 380, or 491 (One course from the Dramaturgy and Theory category)3THEA 331 (or Core)3
THEA 331 (or Core)3THEA 310, 316, 401, or 402 (One course from Community Engagement category)3
One theatre production course as defined by track1One theatre production course as defined by track1
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 Core3
 13 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 257 or 3063THEA 4993
Core3Additional THEA Course3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Total Units 121