Dec 15, 2019  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog

Theatre Acting, BA


About the Program

The Theatre Acting degree is for students who desire a program of study intended to provide pre-professional training for a career as an actor, or for preparation to enter a field where communication and collaboration are essential to success. The Acting program at Purdue University seeks to expand the student’s range of knowledge and expression through the performance of drama. Upon completion, the student may work towards a life in the theatre, choose to pursue a communication-related career, or explore advanced training and/or graduate study.

In addition to coursework, the undergraduate actor at Purdue has ample opportunity to perform. While acting in the Marquee Season is often the responsibility of advanced undergraduate and graduate actors, numerous opportunities exist each year for actors at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Please visit Theatre Acting for more information.

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum


Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (35-36 credits)


Acting majors must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in order to be considered for casting in production work. ALL Acting majors are required to audition for and accept one mainstage role per semester, as cast.

A. Foundation Studies (16 credits)


B. Performance and Production (19-20 credits)


Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)


  • Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
  • Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
  • For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here. 

Electives (28-33 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


15-16 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


16 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


15-16 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


14-15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • THTR REQ B3 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • THTR REQ B3 - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial & Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15 Credits


Notes


  • A minimum Grade of “C-“or better is required in all theatre courses to remain in and advance in the program.  The P/NP option is not available for this requirement.
  • A minimum Grade of “B-” or better is required in * courses in order to progress to the next performance course.
  • Acting majors must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in order to be considered for casting in production work. Acting majors are required to audition for and accept one mainstage role per semester, as cast.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside of CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

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