Department of Theatre

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Undergraduate Programs

Every student working towards a bachelor of arts in theatre must complete the university's general education core and theatre core. Students must also choose one of five concentrations to pursue. Each concentration emphasizes practical experience to develop technique and craft in addition to specific curriculum requirements. The department also offers programs for both seniors and secondary teachers. Find information about our different programs and curriculum requirements below.

  • Stage and Screen Acting – This new undergraduate program of study is designed for students interested in pursuing a professional career on the stage and screen. It offers conservatory-style training for the serious acting student in all aspects of performance including professional actor training, camera training for film and television as well as voice, movement and speech training with a special emphasis on all styles of acting. Admission is by audition only. The program is lead by UNLV's distinguished faculty with professional careers in the acting industry.

  • Design/Technology – The design/technology concentration offers specialized training in costume, lighting, scenic design, and theater technology for the student pursuing a career as a professional designer or technician or conservatory training beyond the bachelor's level. In addition to the core of theater classes required of all majors, design/technology requires extended coursework in the chosen area(s) of design and technology. Students also take computer-assisted drafting, dramatic literature, and numerous interdisciplinary classes to broaden and enhance their training. These classes are chosen from the art, film, music, and dance. Students have the opportunity to complete numerous production assignments including design opportunities.

  • Theatre Studies – The theatre studies concentration offers generalized study in all aspects of theater for students seeking a professional career in teaching, performance, design/ technology, and/or continued practical, artistic, or scholarly study beyond the bachelor's level. In addition to the general core and theatre core, theatre studies students choose from a broad range of courses that blend the best of both design/technology and performance. The concentration requires fewer credits specific to the major and is a good choice for students enrolled in the Honors College or students pursuing a double major or a minor in another department. Theatre studies is often the best choice for transfer students as it allows easier integration of classes taken elsewhere.

  • Theatre Minor – A total of 24 credits are required for a minor in theatre. THTR 199: Play Structure and Analysis is required as well as 21 additional credits with the prefix THTR. Twelve of those credits must be at the upper division (300, 400) level. A minimum of nine credit hours must be in residence at UNLV. Work in the minor must be completed by the date of graduation in the student's major field of study. Non-theatre majors may declare a minor through the theatre department office.

  • Technique Courses – Technique courses in the department of theatre are repeatable for a maximum of nine credits. Repeatable technique courses are a common practice in the training of actors and designers. Technique courses require a complex integration of skills, including physical, mental, aesthetic, and technical. Design and theatre technology classes all have a lab component (time in the shops) as well as a running crew responsibility. Stage management has a similar requirement. Collaborating with faculty, grad students, guest artists, and peers in the production process will create the most rewarding undergraduate experience.