Theatre Department

Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

student practicing line with professorURI is the only Rhode Island school, public or private, to offer a B.F.A. degree in Theatre. The B.F.A. is a professional degree (while the B.A. is a general degree), so it’s the preferred degree for students seeking a career in the performing arts.

The majority of the program consists of practical studio work, whereas the B.A. degree features more lectures and discussion classes. A typical B.F.A. program focuses two-thirds in the arts, and one-third in more general liberal arts studies; for a B.A. in Theatre, the ratio might be reversed. This high concentration of hands-on studio coursework gives you a competitive edge over other students upon graduation. This distinction not only defines us, but it separates us from other colleges and universities.

All of your classroom work, whether academic or studio, is complemented by work in the production season. Each year a series of major theatrical projects provide you with opportunities to explore, apply, and test the theory and skills that you acquire in the classroom.


Course Requirements

All B.F.A. students are required to complete a core of 37 credits distributed as follows:

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction to Stagecraft
  • Script Analysis; Stage Management
  • Costume Laboratory
  • Introduction to Theatre Design
  • Orientation to Directing
  • Production Laboratory
  • Advanced Production Laboratory
  • Individual Problems in Theatre Studies or Special Group Studies
  • Advanced Individual Problems in Theatre Studies or Advanced Special Group Studies
  • Principles and Theories of Theatrical Costuming
  • History of the Modern Theatre or American Theatre History
  • History of Theatre to 1642
  • History of Theatre, Neoclassical Through the Nineteenth Century

See Course Descriptions


Specialization Areas

In addition to these requirements, you can choose from one of the following areas of specialization:

ACTING
Students selecting acting must complete an additional 40 credits distributed as follows: Introduction to Voice and Movement, Basic Acting I and II; Intermediate Acting I and II; and Scene Study; Makeup, Dance for the Musical Theatre, Stage Combat or Singing for the Musical Theatre. Additional credits in special workshop classes are completed as students play roles in major productions or student-directed workshops.
Download the Curriculum Sheet for the B.F.A. in Acting (PDF)

Acting/Music Minor
For acting students with specific interests in musical theatre and vocal performance, URI Theatre offers a partnership with the Music Department resulting in a Music minor. Students selecting this minor must complete an additional 18 credits distributed as follows: 4 semesters of private voice lessons (Mus 110A and 210A), Basic Musicianship (Mus 111) or Music Theory (Mus 120/121), one Music History course (Mus 101, 106), and Music Convocation (Mus 300). Three semesters participation in any one or combination of Concert Choir, University Chorus and Opera Workshop are also required.
Download the Curriculum Sheet for the Acting/Music Minor (PDF)

DESIGN AND THEATRE TECHNOLOGY
Students selecting design and theatre technology must complete an additional 31 credits distributed as follows: Individual Problems in Theatre; Special Group Studies; Principles and Theories of Theatrical Costuming; Stage Costume Design; Scenic Design; Stage Lighting; and 12 credits selected from: Scene Painting, Advanced Individual Theatre Studies; Advanced Special Group Studies; Professional Internship; Stage Costume Technology; Advanced Costuming; Special Workshop in Design and Technical Theatre; Advanced Scene Design; Advanced Stage Lighting.
Download the Curriculum Sheet for the B.F.A. in Design and Theatre Technology (PDF)

STAGE MANAGEMENT
Students selecting stage management must complete an additional 30 credits distributed as follows: Introduction to Management and Supervision; Oral Communication for Business and Professions; Individual Studies in Theatre; Special Group Studies; Theatre Management; Stage Costume Design or Scene Design; Stage Lighting; Advanced Individual Studies in Theatre; Advanced Special Group Studies; Advanced Theatre Management.
Download the Curriculum Sheet for the B.F.A. in Stage Management (PDF)

DIRECTING
Students selecting directing must complete an additional 33 or 35 credits distributed as follows: Individual Problems in Theatre Studies or Special Group Studies; Play Direction; Playwriting; Theatre Management; Stage Costume Design or Scene Design or Stage Lighting; Advanced Individual Problems in Theatre Studies or Advanced Special Group Studies; the following courses: Topics in Theatre, Theatre Architecture in Western and Non-Western Drama, Aesthetics and Criticism of the Theatre, Special Research Project; completion of a one year sequence in acting selected from either of the following (1) or (2): (1.) Basic Acting I, Basic Acting II; Acting Workshop I, Acting Workshop II: (2) Scene Study I, Scene Study II; Acting Workshop I, Acting Workshop II.
Download the Curriculum Sheet for the B.F.A. in Directing (PDF)

Interested in teaching Theatre?
You can get a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Theatre. Learn more »

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