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The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre major (48 hours) includes core requirements of 39 hours and a major emphasis of Theatre electives. The Theatre and Performing Arts faculty assess the undergraduate majors in both coursework and production work. Successful progress is measured as having a grade of "C" or better in all major coursework, as well as making contributions to departmental productions.

In addition to the Bachelor of Arts and the Theatre minor (27 hours), Lindenwood offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, Directing, Technical Theatre/Design, and Musical Theatre. These programs are designed to prepare students for entry into the theatre as professional artists. In addition to the general university admissions standards, and audition/interview (could be videotaped) is required for acceptance into the various BFA programs.

Course Requirements

The Fine and Performing Arts Division at Lindenwood offers the Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees in Theatre. The Master of Arts degree is a general theory-based program, particularly applicable to public school and junior college teachers. The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal performance-oriented degree with specific emphasis in acting, direction, or design/technical theatre.

Admission to any of the degree programs requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate major in a theatre-related area is not required. Students should, however, be prepared to demonstrate their potential for success in advanced study in Theatre. Those students applying for the Master of Fine Arts program are required to audition, submit a resume or portfolio, and/or participate in an interview. The process will depend upon their career emphasis.

The theatre faculty will evaluate the transcripts of those students who have received a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from an accredited institution. In some cases, 30 hours of the Master of Arts may be applied toward the Master of Fine Arts degree.

A minimum of one-year residency is required. During the residency, full-time graduate students are required to audition for and/or participate in each major season production.

Each semester, students will participate in an evaluation with all faculty members of the department. This evaluation will give students direction as they select an area of concentration. The dean may place students on departmental probation or suspend them from the program if the quality of the curricular and extracurricular work has been deficient. It is expected that all graduate students will maintain a "B" average and not more than three semester hours of "C" will be accepted towards the

MA degree nor more than 6 hours of "C" toward the MFA.

A program in Arts Management is individualized and requires a minimum of 12 hours of coursework in Business Administration

Course Requirements

For More Information, Contact:
Emily Jones
Chair, Theatre Department
(636) 949-4838

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