The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre Design is intended as a general preparation for the professional designer of scenery, costumes or lighting in theatre and/or film or as preparation for graduate studies. Students learn through small-class studio courses, laboratories, and involvement in productions in the University Theatre. Students in the B.F.A. Theatre Design program take 69 hours in Theatre, Visual Art, and Art History in addition to the KU Core and electives.
Admission to KU
All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.
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Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.
Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.
There are no major admission requirements for the B.F.A. in Theatre Design.
B.F.A. in Theatre Design Degree Requirements
The program leading to the B.F.A. degree in theatre design is offered cooperatively by the School of the Arts and the Department of Theatre. It requires 6 hours of foundational coursework, 63 additional hours in the major, and completion of the KU Core, as well as additional general electives, for a total of 120 hours.
|Foundations: Art and Design|
|ART 101||Drawing I||3|
|ART 102||Drawing II||3|
|Core Theatre Courses||30|
|Introduction to the Theatre|
or THR 106
|Fundamentals of Directing|
|History of Period Style I|
|History of Period Style II|
|Theatre History Courses. Choose two of the following:||6|
|History of Theatre|
|History of Theatre II|
|History of U.S. Theatre and Drama|
|Theatre Design Concentration|
|THR 116||Scenographic Techniques||3|
|THR 316||Beginning Scene Design||3|
|THR 320||Beginning Costume Design||3|
|THR 324||Beginning Lighting Design||3|
|Theatre design electives from an approved list||9|
|History of Art:|
|History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval|
|History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary|
|History of art of architecture electives|
|General Education Courses|
|Completion of the KU Core|
- Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.
Major Hours & Major GPA
While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:
Satisfied by 69 hours of major courses.
Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.
Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.
Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.
Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BFA in Theatre Design. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.
|ART 101 (Major Foundation Course)||3||ART 102 (Major Foundation Course)||3|
|THR 100 or 106 (Major Requirement, Goal 3 Humanities)||3||THR 215 (Major Requirement)||3|
|THR 116 (Major Requirement)||3||THR 216 (Major Requirement)||2|
|Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking||3||Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy||3|
|Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 crs required)||3||Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 crs required)||3|
|THR 220 (Major Requirement)||2||THR 224 (Major Requirement)||2|
|THR 308 (Major Requirement)||3||THR 508 (Major Requirement)||3|
|THR 316 (Major Requirement)||3||THR 320 (Major Requirement)||3|
|HA 150 (Major Requirement, Goal 4.2)||3||HA 151 (Major Requirement)||3|
|Goal 2.2 Communication||3||Goal 3 Natural Sciences||3|
|THR 520 (Major Requirement)||3||THR 521 (Major Requirement)||3|
|THR History Elective 1 of 2 (Major Requirement)1||3||THR History Elective 2 of 2 (Major Requirement)1||3|
|THR 324 (Major Requirement)||3||THR Design Elective (Major Requirement)2||3|
|Goal 3 Social Sciences||3||Goal 4.1 Human Diversity||3|
|Elective||3||Elective 300+ Level||3|
|THR Design Elective (Major Requirement)2||3||THR Design Elective (Major Requirement)2||3|
|Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics||3||Goal 6 Integration & Creativity||3|
|Elective 300+ Level||3||Elective 300+ Level||3|
|Elective 300+ Level||3||Elective 300+ Level||3|
|Total Hours 120|
Selected from approved courses in consultation with Theatre advisor.
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.
The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.