Oct 01, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre, BA

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The mission of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Theatre Program is to provide students with the tools needed for preparation as theatre educators or professional practitioners, or for continuation of their studies on the graduate level.

The goal of the program is to provide students with meaningful experiences that promote an understanding of theatre as a medium of expression and collaboration. Students are given opportunities for creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and exploration in an environment that values artistic integrity, understands failure as well as success, and respects the viewpoints of others in the encouragement of artistic truth. The extensive season of the Theatre Program serves not only as a training lab for the students, but also enhances the cultural and aesthetic experience of the campus and is a major cultural resource for the residents of South Texas.


Student Learning Outcomes


1.      BA in Theatre:Acting/Directing concentration and Design/Technical concentration will demonstrate the following

  • Demonstrate analysis competencies in historical research and script analysis;
  • Communicate historical and cultural dimensions of theatre during a required exit jury with the faculty.
  • Communicate and defend their senior capstone project to the entire Theatre faculty;
  • Communicate and defend a cumulative portfolio of their work complete with headshot, resume, and marketing strategy for post-baccalaureate opportunities in graduate school or professional work.

2.      BA in Theatre: Teaching Certificate concentration will demonstrate the following:

  • Communicate competencies in historical research and script analysis during a required exit jury with the Theatre faculty.
  • Communicate historical and cultural dimensions of theatre during a required exit jury with the Theatre faculty.
  • Communicate visual and aural perceptions of theatre performance during a required exit jury with the Theatre faculty. The student will use specific examples from their participation in University Theatre productions.
BA Theatre Entrance Auditions/Interviews and BA Theatre Scholarship Auditions
All students wishing to major in Theatre must audition/interview prior to Admission into the program.
  • Auditions/interviews for incoming fall or spring:  Incoming students should schedule an audition/interview or portfolio review prior to summer orientations by calling Mr. Kelly Russell, Director of the University Theatre, at 361-825-5992.  If you have not auditioned/interviewed prior to summer orientations, you will be asked to do so prior to enrolling in Theatre courses.  Theatre auditions for the acting/directing or teacher certification concentration consist of a resume and two contrasting monologues totaling no more than 2 minutes.  Students majoring in design/technical concentration are required to bring a portfolio and resume of their previous work in the Theatre to a scheduled interview prior to being admitted into Theatre courses.
  • For transfers and those students who missed freshman orientations, auditions/interviews, or portfolio reviews should be scheduled for the Friday or Monday before classes are scheduled to begin.  Contact Mr. Kelly Russell for an audition/interview, or portfolio review day and time.

To schedule an audition/interview time, portfolio review, to audition for a Theatre Scholarship, or for more information, contact:

Mr. Kelly Russell

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5724

Corpus Christi, Texas  78412

Phone:  361-825-5992

Fax:  361-825-2250

Email:  kelly.russell@tamucc.edu

Scholarships for Theatre Majors and Minors

Theatre scholarships are talent-based awards given to Theatre majors and minors by annual audition/interview, and/or portfolio review.  The scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year.  To audition for a scholarship, contact Mr. Kelly Russell at the above contact information.

Admission to Theatre Degree Programs

Potential Theatre majors or transfer students are expected to audition/interview or present a portfolio for review prior to admission to the Theatre Program.  Degree seeking Theatre majors are expected to perform at increasingly higher levels of design, technical, and/or artistic performance throughout their course of undergraduate study.  Assessment of growth in acting/directing or design/technical Theatre is accomplished by a passing grade of 3.0 in their class work and a required annual jury.  This jury consists of an interview before a Theatre committee.


            Students earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre may concentrate on one of two specialties:

            Acting/Directing Concentration

            Design/Technical Theatre Concentration


Theatre majors may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre leading to teacher certification.


Degree Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements (Design/Tech or Acting/Directing)
  4. University Electives
  5. Foreign Language Requirements




  Total 120

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Specific Degree Requirements:

All theatre majors must meet all general University and College graduation requirements, including UCCP First Year Seminars, regardless of the following specific degree requirements, unless specifically exempt. It is critical for all theatre majors to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering each semester.

Acting/Directing Concentration:

(30 required credit hour)

The following courses are required in Acting/Directing:

Total Hours for BA in Theatre: Acting/Directing Concentration: 63 hrs.

Design/Technical Theatre Concentration:

(28 credit hour)

The following courses are required in the Design/Technical Theatre Concentration:

Total Hours for BA in Theatre: Design/Technical Theatre Concentration: 61 hrs.

The following Theatre and Dance courses are highly recommended as electives for the Acting/Directing, Design/Technical, and Teacher Certification Concentration Areas:

Theatre Electives

Dance Electives

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