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The BFA in Theatre Production prepares students to work professionally or enter graduate education across multiple fields in entertainment design and production.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

School Information

The School of Theatre + Dance provides an intimate setting where students, faculty, and staff interact in constant and close collaboration. Curricular programs are suited to a range of student interests and talents, from the liberal arts B.A. degree to the competitive B.F.A. and M.F.A. professional training degrees.
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NADINE MCGUIRE THEATRE AND DANCE PAVILION
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
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 Curriculum

Related Programs

The BFA Theatre Production program has 5 specialization areas: costume, lighting, scenery, sound, and digital media.

Students enrolled in Theatre Production will complete coursework in all five areas. Selected independent studies, advanced electives, and production assignments in THE 4950 focus on the specialization.

Today's theatre design and production depends heavily on complex electronic mechanical systems used in professional theatres, film, and television. Students must pass a portfolio review for admission to any production program. For more information consult the department handbook or the academic advisor.

All theatre majors should consult the academic advisor as early as possible.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 3 additional critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 4 additional critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete 3 of 5 upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 additional upper division critical-tracking course with minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required  

Semester 7

  • 2.0 UF GPA required 

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required  

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
TPA 1012 Introduction to Live Entertainment Design and Production (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 2074 Drawing and Rendering (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 2202C Stagecraft (Critical Tracking) 4
THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Humanities and Diversity) 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
TPA 3208 Drawing/Drafting for the Stage (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 3227C Practical Stage Lighting (Critical Tracking) 4
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Composition (Writing Requirement) 3
 Credits16
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 1 3
TPA 3263CIntroduction to Sound Design and Technology 3
THE 4950 Production Workshop (Critical Tracking) 1
TPA 4020 Lighting Design (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 3650 Script Analysis (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
THE 4950 Production Workshop (Critical Tracking) 1
TPA 4021 Lighting Design 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 4601 Stage and Theatre Management 3
TPA 4946 Production Practicum 1
Select one Critical Tracking course: 3
African American Theatre History and Practice
Diversity and Multiculturalism in American Theatre (Gen Ed Humanities and Diversity)
Select one Critical Tracking course: 3
Dance Appreciation for the Twenty-first Century
Acting 1: Instrument and Discipline
and Professional Development Seminar 1
 Credits14
Semester Five
ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1 (Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
THE 4110 History of Theatre on Stage 1 (Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
THE 4950 Production Workshop (Critical Tracking) 1
TPA 4049 Costume Design (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 4066 Scene Design 3
TPA 4933C Lighting Specialties: Rotating Topic 3
 Credits16
Semester Six
ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 (Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
THE 4111 History of Theatre on Stage 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
THE 4950 Production Workshop 1
TPA 4946 Production Practicum 1
TPA 4933C Lighting Specialties: Rotating Topic 3
Sound or Digital Media course 2 3
 Credits14
Summer After Semester Six
THE 4945 Summer Repertory Theatre 6
 Credits6
Semester Seven
TPA 3174 Digital Production for Performance 3
TPP 3311 Directing 3
THE 4XXXCognizant Design Theory 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
 Credits12
Semester Eight
THE 4959 Senior Project (Critical Tracking) 2
Select one: 3
Lighting Specialties: Rotating Topic
Sound or Digital Media Course 2
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective 3
 Credits14
 Total Credits124
1

General Education course must be requirement not fulfilled by the Quest 2 course.

2

See list of approved Sound or Digital Media courses.


Sound or Digital Media 

TPA 4262Sound Design3
TPA 4264Sound Design 23
TPA 4352Digital Design for Theatre and Dance3
DIG 2121Principles of Digital Visualization3
DIG 2632Creating Mobile Games3

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre production meets the diverse aesthetic and technological demands of contemporary society. Today's theatre design and production depend heavily on the complex electronic and mechanical systems used in professional theatres. This curriculum provides academic instructing and professional training in costume design and technology, scenic design and lighting design. The program provides a laboratory environment where students can apply the skills learned in classroom exercises and theories.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Present a senior project and review your portfolio with representatives from the appropriate faculty. You must pass the senior project and portfolio review with a satisfactory rating.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply principles of two and three-dimensional design aesthetics to costume, lighting or scene design for live performance as a method of bringing text, choreographic work or public exposition to the stage.

Critical Thinking

  1. Organize, develop and participate in the art, craft and process of moving the script onto the stage by organizing, developing and participating in a creative process resulting in a live performance that incorporates successful application of design and technological principles.

Communication

  1. Use effective communication and collaboration skills throughout the creative process.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
ARH 2050 and ARH 2051 I, R I, R
THE 2000 I I
THE 4110 and THE 4111 R
THE 4260 and THE 4285 I, R I, R
THE 4959 (capstone) A A A
TPA 2074 I I I
TPA 2202C, TPA 2232C and TPA 3217 I I I
TPA 3208 or TPA 4239 (based on focus area) I, R I, R I, R
TPA 4020, TPA 4049 and TPA 4066 I, R I, R
TPA 4201 or TPA 4930 or TPA 4XXX (based on focus area) R A, R R
Portfolio Reviews A A A

Assessment Types

  • Exams
  • Senior paper and project
  • Design/technical portfolio reviews
  • BFA design juries