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Georgia State University's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) program in theatre is unique in its focus on theatre as a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural art form. Unlike most traditional B.A. programs, the B.I.S. brings together a wide variety of courses that reflect the diversity of theatre around the world. The program prepares students for professional careers in theatre while also giving them greater options for advanced studies in numerous fields, including theatre, film, creative writing and interior design. The B.I.S. is flexible enough to allow students to focus their studies within the two program concentrations in a variety of areas, including:

a. African-American Theatre
b. Computer-Aided Design
c. Cross-cultural Studies
d. Acting
e. Lighting and Design
f. Performance Studies
g. Writing for Stage and Screen
h. Stage Management
i. Drama and Literature
j. Women's Theatre

General Requirements

  • Students who select the Theatre major must also choose a concentration, Performance Studies or Design & Production. The performance studies concentration combines practical work in acting, directing and/or playwriting with studies of theatre history, performance theory, filmmaking, literary theory, African-American studies and women's studies. The design and production concentration gives students unparalleled opportunities for exploration of theatrical and other art forms along with interior design and the latest in digital technology for use in the creative process. The requirements for each Theatre concentration include coursework for the student’s major field of study (Concentration) as well as the student’s minor (Allied Field).
  • Additional courses from departments/schools/institutes must be taken to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours exclusive of 1000/2000 level physical education or military science courses.
  • A minimum of 39 semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above must be completed in residence at Georgia State University with an average or “C” or better.

Contacts:


 

Performance Studies
Dr. Frank Miller
404-413-5621
Frnklin2001@yahoo.com

Design & Production
Todd Studebaker
404-413-5660
joutas@langate.gsu.edu

College of Arts and Sciences Advisor
Eric Brown
404-413-5000
ebrown9@gsu.edu

F. Courses appropriate to the major (18 hrs)

These courses are required for all Theatre students, regardless of concentration.

Required – (12 hrs)

  • PERS 2001 PERSPECTIVES IN INTERNATIONAL DRAMA (2 hrs)
  • THEA 1010 THEATRICAL DESIGN AND PRODUCTION (4 hrs)
  • THEA 2210 ACTING I
  • LANGUAGE 1002

Select two – (6 hrs)
(Be sure to take prerequisites for desired Allied Field courses if not already taken for Areas A-E)

  • ART 1010 DRAWING I
  • ART 1020 TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
  • ART 1030 THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
  • AH 1700 SURVEY OF ART I
  • AH 1750 SURVEY OF ART II
  • AH 2000 SURVEY OF ART SINCE 1900
  • DP 2100 ADVANCED DRAWING (Prereq: ART 1010 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 2120 BRITISH LITERATURE (Prereq: ENGL 1102 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 2130 INTRO TO AMERICAN LIT (Prereq: ENGL 1102 with C or higher)
  • FILM 1010 FILM AESTHETICS & ANALYSIS
  • FILM 2700 HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES
  • SPCH 1010 VOICE & ARTICULATION

Performance Studies

G. Concentration (27-28 hrs)

Required -- (6 hrs) (CTW Courses: These do not count toward the B.I.S. program’s 12-hour limit for classes from a single subject)

  • THEA 3100 PLAY ANALYSIS
  • THEA 4070 WESTERN THEATRE HISTORY

Required – (12 hrs)

  • THEA 3210 ACTING II
    (Prerequisite: THEA 2210 with C or higher or consent of instructor)
  • THEA 4210 ACTING STYLES (NOTE: Course may be repeated up to three times under different topics as part of Allied Field or Electives) (Prerequisite: THEA 3210 with C or higher)
  • THEA 4760 PERFORMANCE THEORY & PRACTICE (Prerequisite: THEA 4070 or 4080 with C or higher)
  • THEA 4850 DIRECTING (Prerequisite: THEA 2210 with C or higher, nine hours of major credit or consent of instructor)

Select three – (12-13 hrs)

  • AAS 4650 AFRICAN AMERICAN THEATRE
  • ENGL 3150A INTRO TO CREATIVE WRIT-POETRY
    (Prereq: ENGL 2120 or 2130 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 3150B INTRO TO CREATIVE WRIT-FICTION
    (Prereq: ENGL 2120 or 2130 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 3160 NARRATIVE TECHNIQUES
    (Prereq: ENGL 3150B with C or higher)
  • ENGL 3170 POETIC TECHNIQUES
    (Prereq: ENGL 3150A with C or higher)
  • ENGL 3280 ENGLISH DRAMA
    (Prereq: ENGL 2120 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 3860 AMERICAN DRAMA
    (Prereq: ENGL 2130 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 3930 MODERN DRAMA
    (Prereq: ENGL 2120, 2130, 2140 or 3040 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 4130 SHAKESPEARE: EARLY WORKS
    (Prereq: ENGL 2120 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 4140 SHAKESEPARE: LATER WORKS
    (Prereq: ENGL 2120 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 4310A SR. SEM: WORKSHOP IN POETRY
    (Prereq: ENGL 3150 A and 3170 with C or higher)
  • ENGL 4310B SR. SEM: WORKSHOP IN FICTION (2)
    (Prereq: ENGL 3150B and 3160 with C or higher)
  • FILM 3300 DRAMATIC WRITING FOR THE STAGE AND SCREEN
    (Prereq: Consent of instructor and GPA of 2.5 or higher)
  • FILM 4000 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA (4)
    (Prereq: Film 1010 and 2700 with C or higher; GPA of 2.5 or higher)
  • FILM 4310 FEATURE SCREENWRITING
    (Prereq: GPA of 2.5 or higher)
  • FILM 4320 FEATURE SCREENWRITING II
    (Prereq: FILM 4310 with C or higher and GPA of 2.5 or higher)
  • FOLK 3000 AMERICAN FOLKLORE
    (Prereq: ENGL 1102 or 1103 with C or higher)
  • SPCH 3000 PHONETICS
    (Prereq: SPCH 1010 or 1500 with C or higher or consent of instructor)
  • SPCH 3010 ADVANCED PUBLIC SPEAKING
    (Prereq: Spch 1000 or 1500)
  • SPCH 3450 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
  • SPCH 3750 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
  • SPCH 4490 COMMUNICATION AND GENDER
  • SPCH 4500 VISUAL COMMUNICATION

H. Allied Field (15-17 hrs)

Required – (4 hrs)

  • THEA 4950 PRODUCTION SEMINAR (Note: this class may be repeated, under a different topic, under the Allied Field or as an elective)

Theory and Literature – Choose four courses, with no more than two total in the allied field falling under the same department heading. Students are encouraged to select courses from African-American Studies, Communications, English, Theatre and Women's Studies.

Design & Production

G. Concentration (25-27 hrs)

Required -- (6 hrs) (CTW Courses: These do not count toward the B.I.S. program’s 12-hour limit for classes from a single subject)

  • THEA 3100 PLAY ANALYSIS
  • THEA 4070 WESTERN THEATRE HISTORY

Required -- (7-9 hrs)

  • THEA 4050 DIRECTED ACTIVITIES - TECHNICAL THEATRE (1-3 hrs)
  • THEA 3110 TECHNICAL THEATRE II
  • THEA 4100 STAGE MANAGEMENT

Choose One -- (3 hrs)

  • ID 3000 ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING I
  • TPS 3823 DESIGN SKILLS (Taken at Kennesaw)

Choose Two – (6 hrs)

  • AH 4310 ART OF N EUROPE: RENAISSANCE ERA
  • AH 4320 ITAL RENAISSSNC: AGE OF HUMANISM
  • AH 4400 BAROQUE ART
  • AH 4450 18TH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART
  • AH 4500 19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART

Choose one – (3 hrs) Note: If ID 4250 or ID 4350 is chosen to fulfill the requirement, the degree program will be one hour short of the 27 required in the area of concentration; students wishing to take either of these courses should add an additional course (either 2 or 3 hour course from this menu of options).

  • FILM 3000 LIGHTING DESIGN FOR THEATRE, FILM AND TELEVISON (4 hrs)
  • ID 3100 ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING II
  • ID 3250 COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN (2 hrs)
  • ID 4350 THREE-DIMENSIONAL COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING AND

H. Allied Field (17-19 hrs)

Required – (4 hrs)

  • THEA 4950 PRODUCTION SEMINAR (Note: this class may be repeated, under a different topic, under the Allied Field or as an elective)

Choose Three – (10-11 hrs) (NOTE: You may have no more than two courses total in the allied field falling under the same department heading)

  • DPP 3000 LIFE DRAWING
  • ID 4100 LIGHTING (2)
  • GRD 4840 COMPUTER GRAPHICS IMAGING
  • GRD 4841 COMPUTER ANIMATION
  • TEXT 3000 FIBERS, COLORS, DYES & DYING
  • TEXT 3100 SURFACE DESIGN I
  • TEXT 3300 THREE-DIMENSIONAL FIBER STRUCT.
  • 3DS 3000 SCULPTURE
  • 3DS 3050 HAND BUILDING I
  • 3DS 3100 SCULPTURE II
  • 3DS 3150 WHEEL THROWING I
  • 3DS 3250 WHEEL THROWING II (4)
  • 3DS 3350 CERAMIC SCULPTURE (4)
  • Or one upper-level course at a consortium university, with approval of advisor.

J. Electives (12 hrs)

  • Students need pre-requisites for studio arts courses. Electives would normally include THEA 4980, as an option.