Theatre Graduate Students engage in active learning about Japanese Noh Drama

Theatre graduate students in On Stage Studies: Asian Performance.  Students engage in active learning about Noh Drama in Japan with ancient drums and choreography.

OVERVIEW

The University of Colorado Department of Theatre & Dance introduces the new BA/MA in Theatre and Performance Studies.  This new program is an accelerated program aimed primarily at high-achieving undergraduates who may be planning to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution or who wish to challenge themselves in advanced critical thinking.

Concurrent degrees at the University of Colorado Boulder have been created in recognition of the increasing demand for master's level training and research skills.  The BA/MA in Theatre and Performance Studies can give students advanced skills in a shorter amount of time using an integrated degree plan.  A student can enter as a freshman Theatre Major and graduate with a BA and MA in Theatre within a five-year period (dependent upon criteria described below).

The typical student will be a student writing an Honors Thesis who will use that project as the basis for developing the MA thesis, though this is not mandatory.  This new degree program is open only to students enrolled in the BA in Theatre degree program at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

Minimum standards for admission require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and completion of all MAPS deficiencies.  Interested students should apply for admission to the BA/MA by December 15 of their junior year.

Students admitted to the concurrent degree program will undergo a mid-program review at the middle of the senior year to determine their eligibility to continue. Students not recommended for continuation in the concurrent degree program will be eligible to complete their Bachelor's degree. To comply with Title IV Higher Education regulations, University of Colorado Boulder students pursuing a BA/MA degree will automatically be changed to graduate status after the completion of 130 credit hours. (Note: Students may take graduate courses prior to this formal admission into the Graduate School.) Upon successful completion of the concurrent degree program, both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees will be awarded simultaneously.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM STANDARDS 

  1. Students in the concurrent degree program must be full-time (average 24 credits per year), continuously enrolled students maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their enrollment.
  2. Only currently enrolled, University of Colorado Boulder students may be considered for admission to the program.  Transfer students must complete at least 24 credit hours as a degree-seeking student before applying to the program.
  3. Students who are admitted to the concurrent degree program may not pursue a double degree or double major of any other kind.
  4. Any MAPS deficiencies must be completed prior to admission to the concurrent degree program.
  5. Issues of satisfactory academic progress, petition/appeal, transfer credit and grievance shall be monitored by the Theatre Director of Graduate Studies regarding departmental major requirements and minimum standards of achievement.  In addition, the Dean of the Graduate School will consider appeals and review standards regarding Graduate School or university requirements and will confer with college Deans as appropriate for issues that cross undergraduate/graduate or school/college lines of authority.
  6.  Concurrent degree students may not participate in the Time Off program.  Exceptions may be granted only after consideration by the Dean of the Graduate School based on a review of extenuating circumstances.
  7. Time limits for the concurrent degree program will generally be 5 years as specified in the departmental guidelines.  Extensions of time limits will be approved only after consideration by the Dean of the Graduate School based on a review of extenuating circumstances.
  8. Minimum cumulative GPA for all students enrolled in the concurrent degree program must be maintained at 3.0 for the duration of the program. The Graduate School will be responsible for monitoring the minimum standard and notifying students who are placed on probation.  Concurrent degree students may not be admitted to a Ph.D. program prior to completion of both the Bachelor's and the Master's degrees.
  9. Students are awarded the undergraduate and master's degrees simultaneously at the completion of the concurrent degree program.
  10. Concurrent students who are permitted by their department and the Graduate School to double count courses toward both the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees, as allowed by the approved concurrent degree proposal, may not use those overlapped courses toward a subsequent Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  11. Students in the concurrent degree program are generally not eligible for TA/RA appointments within the department.  
  12. Appeals related to the automatic change to graduate status may be considered in some extenuating circumstances.  These appeals are made to the Office of the Registrar.  Information on this process can be found at: http://www.colorado.edu/registrar/bama-program.  All other appeals of, or requests for exceptions to concurrent degree standards, rules or policies of the departments, schools/colleges will be reviewed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

 

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Minimum standards for admission require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and completion of all MAPS deficiencies.  Interested students should apply for admission to the BA/MA by December 15 of their junior year.

The admissions process consists of the following:

  1. Complete the BA/MA Application for Admission, available on the Graduate School website: http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/academics/
  2. An unofficial transcript
  3. A 5-10 sample of scholarly writing

Applications should be turned in to the Theatre & Dance Graduate Program Assistant.  The Theatre & Dance Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications for the BA/MA.  Students will be notified of acceptance or denial by the end of February.

 

BA/MA COURSEWORK

Advising/Coursework Checklist

Five-Year Graduation Plan

The minimum requirement for the BA/MA is 144 credit hours:

  • 120 credit hours are required to graduate with a BA.  This includes the 53 hours required for the Theatre major and the core curriculum required for a BA degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • The MA degree requires an additional 24 hours of graduate coursework (5000 level and above)

Please note: the minimum requirements for the MA degree are 30 credit hours.  BA/MA students are allowed to count 6 hours of 3000 or 4000 level coursework from the BA towards the MA degree.

All graduate level coursework applying towards the graduate degree must be taught by members of the graduate faculty holding current Graduate Faculty appointments. 

 

Thesis & Non-Thesis Tracks

The 5-year Theatre BA/MA program has a thesis track and a non-thesis track.

Thesis Track – Plan I

The thesis track requires students to write a substantial research document demonstrating mature critical thought and based on independent study and investigation (Graduate School Plan I).  This “thesis track” BA/MA prepares students to pursue a Ph.D. degree; students choose this track if they wish to apply to other doctoral programs.  We recommend that students who get a BA/MA at CU apply to other programs for a Ph.D. so they receive sufficient diversity within their education. 

To complete the thesis track of the BA/MA program, students must demonstrate proficiency in three areas:

  • academic coursework
  • the thesis
  • the final exam (oral)

Students choosing Plan I, the thesis option, may use the following as a model for completing the required 30 hours for the MA:

  • 18 hours of graduate coursework minimum, taken in the last four semesters
  • 6 hours of undergraduate upper division coursework counted in the BA may count towards the MA, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies
  • 4-6 hours of thesis credit hours taken in the last two semesters for completion of the thesis

 

Non-Thesis Track – Plan II

Students who do not plan to pursue a Ph.D. can elect the non-thesis track, which requires a written exam covering graduate coursework (Graduate School Plan II).

To complete the non-thesis track of the BA/MA program, students must demonstrate proficiency in two areas:

  • academic coursework
  • the final exam (written and oral)

Students choosing Plan II, non-thesis option, may use the following as a model for completing the required 30 hours for the MA:

  • 24 hours of graduate coursework minimum, taken in the last four semesters
  • 6 hours of undergraduate upper division coursework in the BA may count toward the MA, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies

Coursework for the BA in Theatre

Course                                                                                                  Hours


THTR 1003 Acting 1.............................................................................. 3

THTR 1011 Development of Theatre 1: Global Theatre Origins.............3

THTR 1019 Theatre Foundations........................................................... 3

THTR 1105 Stage Technologies............................................................. 3

THTR 1115 Costume Technologies......................................................... 3

THTR 2021 Development of Theatre 2: Modern Theatre and Drama..... 3

THTR 2105 Introduction to Performance Design.....................................3

THTR 3035 Practicum (including section 821 Tech Studio).....................5

THTR 3149 Professional Orientation.......................................................2

THTR 4021 Development of Theatre 4: American Theatre and Drama...3

THTR 4149 Theatre Internship.................................................................1

One upper-division performance course from the following:....................3

THTR 3043 Advanced Voice for the Stage

THTR 3053 Acting 2

THTR 4039 Musical Theatre Repertory

THTR 4059 Open Topics: Performance for Justice and Development

THTR 4063 Audition Techniques

THTR 4073 Performing Voices of Women

THTR 4103 Acting for Camera

Electives in theatre................................................................................... 9
         (6 must be upper-division – may include 3 credit honors thesis)

Electives in dance......................................................................................3

Electives in dramatic literature and/or global arts, outside the  .................6
          Department of Theatre & Dance (3 must be upper-division)                                     

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR BA COURSEWORK................................53

Note: THTR 4021 and one of the upper-division electives in Theatre will be the six credit hours that may also be used toward the MA coursework.

 

Coursework for the MA in Theatre

Course                                                                                                                        Hours


THTR 5011         Theory and Criticism ...........................................................................3

     OR  THTR 5049         Problems in Theatre: Introduction to Performance Studies

THTR 6009         Research Strategies and Techniques..................................................1
                                 (taken the first semester of your fourth year)

A minimum of two of the following On-Stage Studies Seminars:....................................6

THTR 5051   Special Topics in Theatre: Contemporary Theatre

THTR 5061   Seminar: Asian Performance

THTR 6011   On-Stage Studies: Global Ancient and Classical Theatre

THTR 6021   On-Stage Studies: English Renaissance Drama

THTR 6031   On-Stage Studies: American Theatre

THTR 6041   On-Stage Studies: Modern Theatre

Students are encouraged to take more than two of On-Stage Studies Seminars.  Additional seminars can be counted toward elective coursework.

Graduate level electives (as described below).  These can include  .............................14
                    4-6 thesis hours if the Thesis Track – Plan I is chosen                                           

3000 or 4000 level upper division classes in Theatre (from BA coursework)..................6

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR BA COURSEWORK......................................................30

 

Elective Graduate Coursework

  • Graduate Seminar Courses and Graduate Level Theory/Practice Courses are offered in the areas of theatre and performance history, dramatic literature, performing voices of women, applied theatre and theory.
  • Graduate Independent Studies coursework cannot exceed 25% of the coursework required for the MA degree (7.5 credit hours).  Independent study may not be used as an avenue for taking undergraduate courses in the major department.  Independent studies contract forms are available on the THDN website or from the office.
  • Production Research and Practicum Courses

THTR 6003   Acting
THTR 6005   Designing
THTR 6051   Directing
THTR 6091   Dramaturgy

These Production Research and Practicum Courses may be taken for 1-3 credits each semester.  A limit of 3 credits hours in each area may apply toward the degree.  All courses are supervised by graduate faculty; regular meetings with the faculty advisor are required.

Guidelines for flexible credit are:

  • one credit hour for successfully completing the project
  • two credit hours for completing the project and submitting a written record of it (e.g. an actor’s journal, a director’s regiebuch, etc.)
  • three credit hours for doing all of the above and writing a pertinent research paper, topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor

 

OPTIONAL GRADUATE EMPHASES

In addition to traditional paths of a general BA/MA in Theatre and Performance Studies, we offer two additional optional emphases.  Students are also welcome to propose and design their own emphases for their BA/MA with their advisor.

1) Applied Theatre/Arts in the Community

List of possible courses, taken as electives:

DNCE 5048     Dance and Community Engagement
THTR 5049      Performance for Justice and Development
THTR 5049      Theatre for Social Change
THTR 5049      Problems in Theatre: Performing Voices of Women
DNCE 5901     Graduate Technique/African Dance

Students wishing to emphasize Arts in the Community with their BA/MA are advised to get involved with one or more of the following opportunities offered at the University of Colorado:

  • The CU student group Performers Without Borders
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival Education Program
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival Outreach Tour
  • CU Theatre Outreach Tour

2) Dramaturgy

List of possible courses, taken as electives:

THTR 5051   Special Topics in Theatre: Contemporary Theatre
THTR 5061   Seminar: Asian Performance
THTR 6007   Colorado Shakespeare Festival Dramaturgy
THTR 6011   On-Stage Studies: Global Ancient and Classical Theatre
THTR 6021   On-Stage Studies: English Renaissance Drama
THTR 6031   On-Stage Studies: American Theatre
THTR 6041   On-Stage Studies: Modern Theatre
THTR 6091   Production Research and Practicum Dramaturgy

  • Dramaturg for department shows in Theatre or Dance
  • Dramaturg for non-campus productions (with faculty approval)

 

Thesis Hours

Students in Plan I, the thesis track, must take 4 to 6 of the required 24 graduate level credit hours for the MA degree as thesis hours:

THTR 6959         Masters Thesis

These hours may be spread across the final two semesters or taken all in the final semester of the program.

 

Additional Notes on Coursework

Coursework Not Applying Toward the Degree:  Students taking coursework not applying toward the degree may do so for a letter grade, no credit, or pass/fail.  If taken for a letter grade, the course will be calculated in the student’s graduate GPA.  If taken pass/fail, a failing grade will be calculated into the GPA.

Limitations on coursework:  Once accepted to graduate status a student may not register for more than 15 hours per semester, fall or spring.  A student may not register for more than six hours in one five-week summer term or more than ten hours in one summer session.  These limitations are set by the Graduate School.

 

MID-PROGRAM REVIEW & GRADUATE STATUS

Each BA/MA student will undergo a Mid-Program Review at the end of the senior year in which the faculty will determine if that student is eligible to continue in the BA/MA program.

A student will be considered eligible to continue upon meeting the following minimum standards and criteria:

  • completion of 120 hours
  • completion of the department and School/College requirements for the undergraduate degree
  • maintenance of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better as required by the individual department
  • maintenance of full-time status with the completion of 24 credits per year

To comply with Title IV Higher Education regulations, University of Colorado Boulder students pursuing a BA/MA degree will automatically be changed to graduate status after the completion of 130 credit hours.  Note: a student may be taking graduate courses prior to this formal admission into the Graduate School.

It is important to note that transfer and advanced placement hours are included when determining the total credit hours completed.  Students at graduate status are assessed graduate tuition rates and are no longer eligible for the College Opportunity Fund (COF).  In addition, graduate students receiving financial aid are considered “independent” and are no longer eligible for aid requiring undergraduate status.

Students who want to advance to graduate status before completing 130 hours, but after completing all undergraduate requirements, should submit the Concurrent Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Mid-program Review and Recommendation for Advancement to graduate Status form on the Graduate School website: http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/academics/.  

 

ESCAPE PLAN

If a student withdraws from the program and completes the requirements for the bachelor’s degree as described in the policies, they may receive a bachelor’s degree.  Any students not recommended for continuation in the concurrent degree program will be eligible to complete their Bachelor's degree.

If a student wishes to pursue a regular master’s degree or a doctoral degree after withdrawing from or completing this program, they must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School.  All Graduate School minimum standards apply to eligibility for admission to the Graduate School.

 

TIMELINE

  • Junior year                                          Apply for BA/MA by December 15
  • Fall semester of senior year               Begin BA/MA program
  • End of senior year                              Mid-Program Review
  • Spring semester 5th year                   Write and defend thesis (thesis track)
  • Spring semester 5th year                   Take/defend written exam (non-thesis track)
  • End of 5th year                                   Graduate with BA and MA