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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 3 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 3 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete 3 of 7 upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

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

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional upper division critical-tracking course with minimum grades of C
  • 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
THE 2000 Theatre Appreciation (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Humanities and Diversity) 3
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
State Core Gen Ed Composition 3
 Credits16
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
THE 4950 Production Workshop (Critical Tracking) 1
TPA 2075 Scene Painting (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 3208 Drawing/Drafting for the Stage (Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Composition (Writing Requirement) 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
THE 4950 Production Workshop (Critical Tracking) 1
TPA 4601 Stage and Theatre Management 3
TPA 4066 Scene Design (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 3650 Script Analysis (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 3263CIntroduction to Sound Design and Technology 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
DAN 2110Dance Appreciation for the Twenty-first Century (Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
TPA 4946 Production Practicum 1
TPP 2110
2110L
Acting 1: Instrument and Discipline
and Professional Development Seminar 1 (Critical Tracking)
3
Select one Critical Tracking course: 3
Diversity and Multiculturalism in American Theatre (Gen Ed Humanities and International)
African American Theatre History and Practice
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Semester Five
THE 4XXXCognizant Design Theory 3
THE 4110 History of Theatre on Stage 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
TPA 4049 Costume Design (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 4076 Advanced Theatre Graphics (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 4946 Production Practicum 1
 Credits13
Semester Six
THE 4111 History of Theatre on Stage 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and International) 3
TPA 3227C Practical Stage Lighting 4
TPA 4206 Advanced Crafts for the Stage (Critical Tracking) 3
TPA 4946 Production Practicum 1
Elective 3
 Credits14
Summer After Semester Six
THE 4945 Summer Repertory Theatre 6
 Credits6
Semester Seven
TPA 3174 Digital Production for Performance (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 3311 Directing 3
Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
Electives 6
 Credits15
Semester Eight
THE 4959 Senior Project (Critical Tracking) 2
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Electives 7
 Credits12
 Total Credits124
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General Education course must be requirement not fulfilled by the Quest 2 course.

For the B.F.A. in production, students must complete at least 59 credits at the 3000/4000 levels.

Complete 15 credits of theatre courses by end of the junior year and maintain a 2.0 GPA.


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