All students completing a major in the Department of Theatre and Dance should:
- Develop a working knowledge of the development of theatre or dance through historical and literary study.
- Develop a working knowledge of important artistic works that shaped the evolution of theatre or dance.
- Develop a working knowledge of and demonstrate an ability to apply a fundamental skill level of the basic areas of theatre or dance production, including various areas related to performance, design, technology, and management.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze literary, scholarly and artistic works related to theatre or dance.
- Demonstrate the ability to write with technical and analytical skill as well as artistic insight on theory, philosophy and artistry related to theatre or dance.
Option-Specific Learning Outcomes:
In addition to the department-wide learning outcomes for THDA students in theatre, upon completion of the major a THDA student with an option in Musical Theater will demonstrate:
- Demonstrate a command of a healthy vocal technique throughout the several disparate genres that comprise the form of musical theatre.
- Effectively sing harmony or counterpoint against one or more contrasting musical lines, within a choral group or with other soloists.
- Demonstrate the ability to read music in both the treble and bass clefs.
- Effectively analyze a dramatic script and discern the dramatic structure of the piece.
- Bring a character convincingly to life utilizing a variety of techniques, whether from a pre-written script, or from a devised scenario or improvisational exercise.
- Learn, understand and perform dance choreography in a variety of styles and genres, appropriate to the world of musical theatre.