Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre: Acting Specialization (B.F.A.)


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84 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

The B.F.A. Acting Specialization prepares students for entry into professional theatre as specialists in performance or for graduate study in the area. Actor training is process oriented with emphasis placed on developing a flexible vocal/physical/sensory instrument to be integrated with a specific system of text analysis for use in the creation of a role.

In addition to the regental and university general education requirements, the following courses are required:

Specialization Requirements (84 hours)


Note:


THEA 495 Practicum (C) will be taken over 4 semesters (1cr each).

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs


USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan. 

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to release tension, facilitate concentration, and create a believable character onstage.
  2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the role and text analysis used in performance.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of effective audition technique and the actors’ workfinding process.
  4. Demonstrate articulate and expressive speech and effective use of the body as a communicative tool.
  5. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
  6. Students will interact with other students and evaluate the effort put into team tasks, interactions with others, and the quantity and quality made to team discussions.
  7. Students will engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities that improve their knowledge, skills and competence in their personal and professional lives.
  8. Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  9. Students will be able to systematically explore issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments, and break down complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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