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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Acting: Communication through Performance Certificate

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About the Certificate

This program will provide students with majors outside of the theatre department to focus on the succession of acting classes in order to improve their communication skills. Acting provides physical and creative outlets which differ from the intense intellectual demands of many majors. The Certificate provides the opportunity to take more specialized acting classes than the Theatre Minor offers, and would provide formal recognition for the course work. It’s ideal for students who want specialized study in performance but don’t have the time to take a second major.

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Requirements for the Certificate (19 credits)


  • *THTR 33600 and 53600 are Performance credits in production work; enrollment is by audition only. Students enrolled in the Certificate are required to accept one role per academic year, if cast. This Certificate is not available to Acting or Theatre Majors.
  • THTR 33600, 36800, and 53600 are offered every semester (36800 is backstage production crew work and is assigned by faculty in Design and Production). 
  • THTR 43300 is offered every other year.
  • At least 50 % of credits for the CLA certificate must be from Purdue University.
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Certificate.

College of Liberal Arts Pass/No Pass Option Policy

  • P/NP cannot be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core, Liberal Arts major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Prerequisite Information

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