Academic Catalog

Theatre Arts and Dance Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.A. in Theatre Arts, a degree recipient will be able to:

  1. Cultural Literacy: Demonstrate the significance of theatre as a cultural expression in African, European, American , and Asian/Pacific countries:
    1. Recognize the contributions of other cultures;
    2. Apply tolerance for those of different backgrounds;
    3. Defend the value of culture as a source of personal enrichment;
    4. Support opportunities for enriching society through extending cultural chances to others;
    5. Deduce the advanced social function of world theatre in rituals, myths, ceremonies, and drama.
  2. Criticism Literacy: Analyze, critique, and assess works of theatre and dance:
    1. Identify the clear use of composition and staging of performers and theatrical elements;
    2. Recognize and distinguish effective vocal and physical expressions by actors and dancers;
    3. Judge the success or failure of theatrical performances and defend positions.
  3. Aesthetic Knowledge: Formulate and develop basic ballet, modern, and jazz techniques and/or acting and directing styles:
    1. Conceptualize and artistic vision;
    2. Differentiate between realistic and presentational theatrical styles.
    3. choose an artistic approach to performing a particular play or dance.
  4. Leadership Skills: Exhibit leadership and organizations skills:
    1. Communicate artistic concepts to others;
    2. Solve problems in scheduling, stage management, or construction processes of creating theatre or dance;
    3. Organize a production crew and plan the accomplishment of constructing props, scenery, lights, costumes, or makeup for a show.
  5. Performance Skills: Design, construct, and produce theatre and dance productions:
    1. Apply play productions skills in a public performance, either as an actor, director, designer or technician;
    2. Demonstrate awareness of the intricacies of human behavior by analyzing characterization.
  6. Disciplinary Proficiency: Demonstrate understanding of the key theories, concepts, and historical practices of theatre, including works of leading playwrights, actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, and designers, both past and present:
    1. Synthesize historical trends into clear interpretations of important plays;
    2. Explain the interplay of literature, art, philosophy, and performance in theatre history;
    3. Recall well-known theatre theorists and practitioners and describe significant concepts;
    4. name the works of major dramatists and choreographers in American of the last 25 years.
  7. Social Skills: Develop intra- and inter-personal skills through involvement on group processes:
    1. Cooperation: Demonstrate the ability to compromise, ask appropriate questions, and take direction non-defensively;
    2. Socialization: Apply the values of collaboration, be able to empathize and give supportive feedback, and gain tolerance for diversity;
    3. Creativity: Express oneself through an art form (e.g., design, perform, direct), and demonstrate skill in problem solving;
    4. Discipline: Demonstrate adherence to rehearsal schedules and meet all deadlines.
  8. Written Communication: Show improved writing skills:
    1. Demonstrate competence in using language through written skills (e.g., playwriting, term papers, etc.);
    2. Organize paragraphs around a main idea;
    3. Use proper methods for documentation and bibliographical entries;
    4. Write smooth sentences without errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar;
    5. Plan well structured writings that use introductions and conclusions effectively.
  9. Oral Communication: Show improved speaking skills:
    1. Demonstrate competency in oral language in speech presentations, forensics competencies, acting, directing, and stage management;
    2. Provide informative and insightful messages in a public setting:
    3. Organize presentations around a single idea;
    4. Devise main points and supporting evidence clearly;
    5. Create introductions and conclusions that gain focus;
    6. Show effective verbal techniques (precise diction, adequate volume, and variety of pitch and rate);
    7. Show effective non-verbal techniques (purposeful movement and gestures, eye contact, and strong posture).
  10. Research Skills: Demonstrate research skills applicable to history of theatre and design technology:
    1. Discuss the function and meaning of theatre for an historical culture that produced it;
    2. Compare and contrast the works of two playwrights, actors, choreographers, designers, etc.
  11. Information Literacy: Demonstrate computer competency capable of handling e-mail, using word processing, accessing the internet, creating PowerPoint presentations, and using databases.
  12. Critical Thinking: Show critical thinking in being able to prove claims with objective insights:
    1. Synthesize research and analysis into an assessment of the importance of historical trends in theatre;
    2. Conduct independent study to make judgements and evaluate results;
    3. Summarize and integrate research to support claims.