Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Theatre, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Concentration in Design & Technology

Program Learning Outcomes

Theatre - Design & Technology, BA

  • Students will synthesize and produce original theatrical designs.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in both freehand drawing and digital drafting/rendering techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate functional skills in design visualization, such as model-making and rendering.
  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of a chosen area of theatre technology (i.e. costume technology, sound, stagecraft, scene painting).

Theatre Department, Overall

  • Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to think, speak and write about theatre clearly and effectively.
  • Creation/Production/Performance: Students will create, produce and perform theatre at a pre-professional level.
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will successfully prepare for employment in the professional theatre community.
  • Professional Proficiency: Students will demonstrate successful leadership, initiative, attitude, and punctuality in adherence with professional standards.
  • Historical Knowledge: Students will accurately identify specific knowledge related to plays, conventions, practitioners, movements, and/or theatre spaces drawn from the range of world theatre Degree Program Writing Competency: Students will gain proficiency in various areas of writing common to theatre practice.

Related Links

Theatre - Design & Technology, BA Program Page

Theatre Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Requirements
THEA 131Fundamentals of Acting 13
THEA 132Stagecraft 13
THEA 281Survey of Dramatic Literature I 13
THEA 283Survey of Dramatic Literature II 13
THEA 337Directing 13
THEA 425Professional Theatre Practice 13
Design & Technology Concentration
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 151Rehearsal and Production 11
THEA 215Drawing/Drafting/CAD 13
THEA 235Costume Technology 13
THEA 333Scene Design 13
THEA 334Stage Lighting 13
THEA 335Costume Design and History 13
THEA 393History of Theatre Design and Architecture 13
Design & Technology Advance Electives
Select three credits from the following:3
Stage Makeup 1
Shakespeare Tour 1
Advanced Stagecraft 1
New Play Development 1
International Theatre Experience 1
Stage Management and Safety 1
Projects in Theatre 1
Studies in Audience Development 1
Theories of Acting and Directing 1
Internship 1
Independent Study 1
Selected Topics 1
Total Hours42

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs International study programs (including Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival Trip)
  2. SRU Theatre Department Productions
  3. Theatre internships and summer theatre employment
  4. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  5. Student-faculty research
  6. Student leadership development
  7. Department field trips
  8. Theatre Department Student Staff
  9. Student Lab Productions in Sheehy Theatre
  10. Guest Artist lectures, workshops, and productions

THEATRE - BA (5 92)
Concentration in Design & Technology (DEST)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 7-2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
THEA 132 Stagecraft 3
THEA 215 Drawing/Drafting/CAD 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
Rock Studies Requirement 3
THEA 131 Fundamentals of Acting 3
THEA 235 Costume Technology 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Second Year
THEA 281 Survey of Dramatic Literature I 3
Modern Language 101 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
THEA 283 Survey of Dramatic Literature II 3
THEA 333 Scene Design 3
Modern Language 102 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Third Year
THEA 334
Stage Lighting
or Costume Design and History
BA Design & Technology Elective 3
Modern Language 103 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
THEA 334
Stage Lighting
or Costume Design and History
THEA 337 Directing 3
THEA 393 History of Theatre Design and Architecture 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
THEA 425 Professional Theatre Practice 3
Rock Studies Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
THEA 151 Rehearsal and Production 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5390
Concentration Code: THPE
Revised date: 12.04.2020