Department of Theatre Arts
Programs of study in theatre arts lead to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The requirements for all degree tracks prepare students to be versatile life-long theatre artists through a rigorous, broad-based curriculum in theatre practice, theory, and history. Additional opportunities for specialized study are provided in the areas of acting, musical theatre, design/technology. Through the course work students are given the opportunity to prepare audition material and/or portfolios necessary to enter professional theatre regionally and nationally.
LCT Productions, previously known as Little Country Theatre, has been an important part of campus life at NDSU since 1914. LCT Productions consists of Theatre NDSU, the student-run newfangled theatre company, Musical Theatre Troupe, and the improv company, To Be Determined. A typical season includes three fully produced main-stage plays and a musical, several studio productions, a musical revue, and several improve shows. Productions are chosen in such a way to expose the students to a variety of styles and genres through a four-year rotation of play styles. Students gain practical experiences through LCT which reflect the best of professional practices and current technology. In addition to academic course work, every theatre major is required to participate in some way in at least one LCT production per semester. Participation in LCT is open to all NDSU students regardless of major.
The Department of Theatre Arts is accredited by the National Association of Theatre Schools (NAST). It is also an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), and also hosts a student chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Theatre Arts are general baccalaureate degrees providing a liberal arts background with major emphasis in theatre. Two years of a foreign language are required for the B.A. degree, while an approved minor area is required for the B.S. degree. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with a major in Theatre Arts is a professionally-oriented program and can be entered only by faculty approval. This degree program provides in-depth study of a theatre specialization and related fine arts fields.
A minor in Theatre Arts is available with a general studies emphasis or with an emphasis either in general theatrical design and technical theatre, scenic design and technology, costume design and technology, musical theatre, or in performance (acting and directing).
A student who wishes to teach theatre in high school should select a teaching major approved by the School of Education and supplement that major with a major or minor in Theatre Arts.
Courses for theatre arts majors and minors are grouped into tracks and emphasis areas.