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 in the Youth Theatre option will:
- Design effective lesson plans and activities using the guidelines established in the National Core Arts Standards and including a coherent scope and sequence of content.
- Develop and refine a personal teaching philosophy.
- Demonstrate effective teaching strategies, including established skills as a group leader in dramatic activities as well as expanded knowledge of teaching methods and group management.
- Evaluate content and structure of teaching abilities through analysis and reflection.
- Develop and compile teaching materials appropriate to student developmental levels and individual learning styles.
- Develop technical skills in storytelling and puppetry performance techniques.
- Develop an understanding of the theoretical, historical and cultural roles of drama through puppetry, storytelling and creative drama.
- Develop practical skills and materials appropriate for job or graduate school applications in theatre for youth or elementary education.