College of Fine Arts and Design

Degrees

All three degree paths require a broad general education in theatre history with the opportunity to specialize in Performance, Theatre/Communication Education or Design/Technology.
The Theatre Arts department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre Arts with emphasis options in:

(1) Performance
(2) Design and Technology
(3) Theatre/Communication Education

Theatre Arts: Performance

This is designed as a pre-professional degree.

  • Students who complete this program are prepared for jobs in the profession or go onto graduate programs 
  • Participation in the U.R.T.A. auditions for placement in top graduate schools across the country
  • Alumni have been accepted into graduate schools such as: California Institute of the Arts, New York Film Academy, University of Wisconsin Madison, The University of California, Irvine, DePaul University in Chicago and Louisiana State University
  • Training in acting, voice and movement, script analysis and dramatic literature
  • Numerous opportunities to perform in a variety of venues

Required Core Courses

Production/Performance, Beginning Acting for Majors, Stage Make-Up, Stage Lighting, Stagecraft, Stage Costume, Script Analysis, Stage Management, Development of Drama, History of Theatre: Beginning to 1660, History of Theatre: 1660 to present, Play Production (Direct a One-Act Play)

Required Performance Courses

Beginning Ballet, Speech for Theatre, Voice and Movement I–III, Intermediate Acting, Shakespeare in Performance, Dialects for the Theatre, Audition Techniques, Improvisational Acting, Acting Styles I-II, Career Advancement/Recital

Prospective students should contact Kato Buss kbuss2@uco.edu or (405) 974-5512 

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Theatre Arts: Design and Technology

Areas of focus within the degree program include: scenery, lighting, costuming, properties, sound design, stage management, and technical direction.

This is designed as a pre-professional degree.

  • Students who complete this program are prepared for jobs in the profession or to go on to graduate programs
  • Participation in the U.R.T.A. auditions for placement in top graduate schools across the country
  • Alumni have been accepted into California Institute of the Arts, New York Film Academy, University of Wisconsin Madison, The University of California, Irvine, DePaul University in Chicago and Louisiana State University
  • Courses are constantly being refined to stay current with industry trends
  • Received the best training possible in an efficient and professional setting
  • Opportunities to design one or more of UCO productions
  • Realized designs for student's portfolio

UCO’s Department of Theatre Arts maintains the following shops: scene, lighting, costume, props, and a sound studio. Students working in these shops learn that “hands-on” is the rule. They work with all aspects of productions—building scenery, hanging lights, constructing costumes, creating props, recording sound, crewing, and stage managing.

Required Core Courses

Production/Performance, Beginning Acting for Majors, Stage Make-Up, Stage Lighting, Stagecraft, Stage Costume, Script Analysis, Stage Management, Development of Drama, History of Theatre: Beginning to 1660, History of Theatre: 1660 to present, Play Production (Direct a One-Act play)

Required Design & Technology Courses

Portfolio Seminar, Sound Technology for Theatre, Set Design, Costume Design, Period Styles I, Costume Design, Period Styles II, Lighting Design, Theatre Graphic, Advanced Set Design or Advanced Lighting Design or Advanced Costume Design, Design Thesis, Design Exit Portfolio

Prospective students should contact Chris Domanski cdomanski@uco.edu or (405) 974-3473 

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Theatre Arts: Theatre/Communication Education

This degree is intended for students who want to earn an Oklahoma Secondary Education Teacher's License in the area of Speech, Drama and Debate.

  • UCO's education programs are NCATE accredited
  • Graduates are successful in passing the teacher certification examination
  • UCO graduates are highly sought after throughout the state
  • Development of speech, drama and debate teachers who are reflective, responsive and resourceful throughout their professional careers
  • Preparation in the areas of performance, stagecraft, theatre technology, competitive drama, debate, speech, broadcasting, and other areas that relate to Theatre and Communication

Prospective students should contact the Theatre/Communication Education Coordinator, Carrie Hill at chill50@uco.edu or (405) 974-3470.

Required Core Courses

Fundamentals of Speech, Basic Television Production, Small Group Communication, Argumentation, Production/Performance, Beginning Acting for Majors, Speech for Theatre, Performance Literature, Stage Make-Up, Stagecraft, Stage Costume, Intermediate Acting, Coaching Competitive Speech/Drama, History of Theatre: Beginning to 1660, History of Theatre: 1660 to Present, Play Production (Direct a One-Act Play)

Professional Education Courses

Foundations of American Education/Field Exp, Adolescent Psychology, Teaching Individuals with Disabilities, Technology for Teachers, Methods of Teaching Speech/Drama/Debate, Educational Assessment, Educational Psych/Field Experience, Contemporary Issues, Student Teaching Secondary, Classroom Management and Instruction

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