THEATRE DEPARTMENT
THEATRE ARTS DIPLOMA

UFV offers a two-year, 60 credit program (including practical skill development courses and university transfer courses) leading to a diploma in theatre. The program prepares students for a life-long enjoyment of the theatre. Graduates are qualified to seek entry into professional training schools, transfer to university degree programs, or pursue involvement in community theatre. Exceptional students may be qualified to seek professional work upon graduation.


TRANSFER

 

The majority of courses in the Theatre Arts diploma program are transferable. Consult the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide for details. Students who plan to continue their education at another post-secondary institution should make themselves fully aware of its requirements, particularly when choosing electives. Consult the program head, this calendar, the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide, and a UFV Student Services advisor for advice.

 

WORKLOAD AND CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

 

Full-time students will carry a workload of five courses per semester, either five university-transfer or four UT and one practicum. Each UT course meets for three or four hours each week and requires approximately twice that time out of class, in study and preparation time. The practicums require from 60 to 200 total hours spread over approximately 10 weeks. Students must have flexibility in their scheduling to accommodate the varied time demands of the practicums. Rehearsals take place in the evenings and on weekends. There is a definite need to learn to balance time and workload in order to succeed in the program.

 

DATES AND LOCATIONS

 

The normal academic year is from September to the end of April. Admission for the program is for the fall semester. Students wishing to start in January may do so by taking any course for which they have the stated prerequisites and then applying for the following September. However, they should be aware that because of timetabling and sequencing of courses they can expect to spend 2.5 years to complete the program. It is possible to earn credits by participating in the external study tours. Contact the program head. The Theatre department is based on the Chilliwack campus. Most courses and practicums are offered in Chilliwack; however, some courses each year are offered in Abbotsford.

 

PART-TIME STUDENTS

 

Part-time students may enrol in any available theatre course at any time convenient to them, provided they meet the stated prerequisites. Part-time students wanting to complete the Theatre program should consult with the program head as early as possible in order to ensure they are taking the right courses in the right sequence.

 
 
Required courses: 36 credits
 
  • THEA 101
  • THEA 111 and 112
  • THEA 121 and 123
  • THEA 199
  • THEA 201 or 202
  • THEA 211 and 212
  • THEA 299
  • ENGL 105
  • ENGL 130
Elective courses: 24 credits
 
  • All elective credits must be university transferable.
  • Students planning to “ladder” the diploma into a Bachelor of Arts: Theatre minor or extended minor program should plan their electives carefully to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts.
  • At least three elective credits are required from each of Note 1, Note 2, or Note 3 below.
  • At least three arts elective credits must be from a subject area other than Theatre, and from courses other than English 105 or 130.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

 
First Year (Semester I)
 

Course

  Title  

Credits

THEA 101   Introduction to Theatre  

3

THEA 111   Acting I  

3

THEA 121   Introduction to Technical Theatre I  

3

ENGL 105   The Reading and Writing of Prose  

3

Elective *   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

         
Total      

15

 

 
First Year (Semester II)
 

Course

  Title  

Credits

THEA 201   History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues
of the 20th century
 

 

or THEA 202   History of Theatre — Major Trends and Issues
to the 19th century
 

3

THEA 112   Acting II  

3

THEA 123   Introduction to Technical Theatre II  

3

ENGL 130   Introduction to Modern Drama  

3

Elective*   Choose from Note 1 2 or 3  

3

         
Total      

15

 

*   Students are strongly recommended to complete a theatre practicum (THEA 199 or 299), and at least three elective credits in either the Social Sciences or Sciences during their first year of the Theatre diploma.

 

 
Second Year (Semester III)
 

Course

  Title  

Credits

THEA 211   Acting III  

3

THEA 199*   Practicum I  

3

Elective **   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

Elective   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

Elective   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

         
Total      

15

 
* If not taken in Semester I
** ENGL 211 or ENGL 230 strongly recommended
 

 
Second Year (Semester IV)
 

Course

  Title  

Credits

THEA 212   Acting IV  

3

THEA 299*   Practicum II  

3

Elective **   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

Elective ***   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

Elective   Choose from Note 1, 2, or 3  

3

         
Total      

15-16

 

* If not taken in Semester II

** THEA 201 or 202 are strongly recommended if not taken already
*** Students may take an upper-level theatre course, provided they have met the necessary prerequisites.
 

ELECTIVES

 

Must be university transferable. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take a selected reasoning course chosen from Philosophy 100, Mathematics 104, 105, or 110.

 
Note 1: Social Science elective:
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology*
  • Economics
  • Geography (except those listed under the Science elective category under Note 2)
  • Latin American Studies
  • Media & Communication Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social, Cultural and Media Studies

* Please contact the Liberal Arts advisor for details regarding acceptable Criminology electives.

 
 
Note 2: Science elective:
  • Biology (100-level or higher)
  • Chemistry (100-level or higher)
  • Computing Science
  • Geography 101, 102, 201, 202, 251
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education 163 or 170
  • Physics (100-level or higher)
  • Psychology 202
 
Note 3: Arts electives:
  • Art History
  • English
  • Film
  • History
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

PRACTICA

 

Two practica are required during the two-year program, one in each year. Students are allowed to take more than two practica, however, these additional practica must not interfere with course work. A maximum of six practicum credits will be counted towards the diploma.

 

All theatre courses require some production team work (usually 10 hours). Involvement in a practicum removes the production team requirement for the course in that  semester except for Theatre 121 and 123 (30 hour requirement). Actors in the productions are encouraged and sometimes required to work on backstage aspects of the department shows. Practica count for some credit towards Theatre 101, 201 and 202.

 
 

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