BFA in Theatre: Design and Theatrical Production Track
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE
Theatrical storytelling of the highest degree is obtained by candidates in the BFA Design and Theatrical Production area. Future designers are trained to perform their jobs with grace and courage as they collaborate with fellow visionaries. Practical skills such as sketching, rendering, drafting, etc. are honed in order for the student designer to effectively communicate production concepts and ideas. Throughout their four years of study, the BFA in Design and Theatrical Production Track candidates have hands on production experiences in theatrical scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design which allow them to see their designs come to life. The culmination of their undergraduate work is reflected in their senior portfolio, an artifact showcasing the designer’s abilities to future employers or graduate schools. The BFA degree is a highly structured, pre-professional approach to Theatre studies. The BFA degree enables undergraduate students to realize their professional and artistic goals as well as gain practical theatre experience.
The Freshman Year
All freshman students interested in pursuing a BFA degree in Theatre will enter the program declared in the BFA track they wish to pursue as a candidate. In the spring, of their freshman year, after exploring all areas of the theatre core, the student will have the opportunity to be admitted into a BFA program by either a portfolio review (BFA - Design and Theatrical Production or Teaching Certification emphasis), or audition (BFA - Acting or Musical Theatre emphasis). For students choosing to not pursue a BFA, they will remain a Theatre major in the liberal arts BA program.
BFA THEATRE STUDENTS IN THE DESIGN AND THEATRICAL PRODUCTION TRACK WILL EXPERIENCE THE FOLLOWING:
- Design and Crew opportunities in main stage productions, Showcase Theatre productions, student film and television crew opportunities
- Designing makeup, costumes, sets, sound and props
- Building sets, costumes and props
- Theatre Directing Experience
- Writing a Play
- Stage management and crew experiences for stage
- Seminars with professionals in the arts
- Exposure to Visual Arts techniques and creation of portfolio
- Participation with Alpha Psi Omega (a national honorary dramatic society
- Sound and Audio production experience
With a BFA degree in Theatre, possible career paths include:
- Scenic Designer
- Sound Designer
- Lighting Designer
- Playwright or Scriptwriter
- Professional Stage &/or Production Manager
- Makeup Artist
- Theatre Technician
- Production Designer
- Costume Designer
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO?
A great group of talented and creative students and faculty who are passionate about God and immersed in the latest project. The opportunity to take your craft to the next level.
Theatre program auditions are held on Friday afternoons of College Weekend in November and March.
Students interested in theatre scholarships are asked to prepare one 90 second monologue or provide a design portfolio, if interested in the theatre technology areas. Both auditions and portfolio reviews will be followed by an with an interview with the ORU theatre faculty. To schedule and audition, please complete the Request to Audition for a Talent Scholarship Form.
For musical theatre, please provide one song from the musical theatre repertoire. Auditions for the musical theatre program are scheduled via the ORU Music Department.
STUDENT SOCIETIES, CLUBS AND EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
- Alpha Psi Omega - ORU Theatre is proud to sponsor a chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national, honorary, dramatic society which is a service organization to the community. APO seeks to stimulate interest in theatrical activities both on and off the ORU campus. Membership is open to current ORU students participating in ORU Theatre events and meeting the national membership requirements.
- Four Mainstage theatre productions and one studio production per year
- Theatre History including: Costume History and Decoration
- Costume Construction including: Flat Patterning and Draping
- Costume Design
- Design Makeup
- Theatrical Lighting Design and Technology I & II
- Theatrical Scene Design I & II
- Stage Management & Performing Arts Management
- Design/Technology Practicum
- Visual Arts Courses including: Drawing, Crafts & Watercolor
- Music Courses including: Music Technology, Production and Live Sound
- Applied Theatre
- Introduction to Theatre
Current degree plan for this major is available for download.
Director of Theatre