Degree Programs - Coastal Carolina University
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Theatre

If you wish to study more than one area of theater, the B.A. in theatre program is for you. The theatre program allows you to develop a course of study that is particular to your interests and pursuits while offering flexibility. Choose classes from a variety of areas including performance, design, and theater criticism and history to provide a foundation for your customized course of study.  

In the B.A. in theatre program, you’re encouraged to take an active role in designing your own degree plan and taking extensive coursework in other areas.

If you’re interested in a broad range of theater areas or a career in performing, designing, stage managing, directing or any other production possibilities, B.A. in theatre is a good choice.

What You'll Study

In keeping with a liberal arts education, the B.A. in theatre encourages students to learn from a wide variety of theatre-related courses from across the humanities. The degree opens up possibilities for entering into community outreach, teaching and contribution to production beyond performance.  

Those wishing to take on a minor are encouraged to enter into the B.A. in theatre program.

 

Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Students who study dramatic arts have opportunities for involvement beyond the classroom with theatrical groups such as Upstage, the student initiated theatre group; Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society; and community-based courses. Given the nature of this degree program,internships and study abroad opportunities are encouraged.

Program Higlights
  • Instructors are also working professional artists with credits ranging from Broadway to numerous regional theatres throughout the country. Professors have experience in the theatre, film, and television industries.
  • The department has an aggressive production schedule that includes five main stage productions (typically two musicals) each academic year. In addition, students produce at least two productions each year, and faculty members direct showcase productions for the Musical Theatre Company, Children's Theatre Company, and Dance Company.
  • Coastal Carolina University offers three state-of-the-art theatres including the Edwards Theatre (flexible black box), and Wheelwright Auditorium (720-seat proscenium).
  • The University also possesses one of the largest and best equipped university scenic, costume and paint studios. More than 3,500 square feet of space allows the department to build and paint in a professional style studio situation.
  • Students can take advantage of a close association with Atlantic Stage, a local professional theatre company. The association casts students in meaningful roles and hires students as interns, assistant stage managers, electricians, carpenters and stage hands.

Students enrolled in theatre are expected to develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the life of the theatre professional. In any of many possible roles, the theatre professional must exhibit not only technical competence, but also broad knowledge of theatre, sensitivity to artistic style, and an insight into the role of theatre in the life of humankind.

In pursuit of the purpose, the program embraces the teacher-scholar model, it places primary emphasis on high quality teaching and engaged learning, and it supports faculty research, creative activities, and expert collaboration in the community, state, nation, and world. This focus enables faculty and staff to mentor students in collaborative research, creative opportunities, and internships.

Students who study dramatic arts have opportunities for involvement beyond the classroom with theatrical groups such as Upstage, the student initiated theatre group; Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society; and community-based courses.  Given the nature of this degree program, internships and study abroad opportunities are encouraged.

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