University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Performing Arts - Theatre
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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Performing Arts - Theatre

The Theatre Concentration provides students a working knowledge of Theatre in the areas of performance (acting and directing) theory/history/criticism and production experience through participation on technical crews in actual productions.  Students will also learn the basic concepts of dramatic structure and may have the opportunity to write plays that are presented in a public forum. The program provides students the opportunity to combine the theatre discipline with other related studies for an Interdisciplinary Individualized major. The program prepares the student for graduate studies, and to become practicing theatre artists and life long learners in a global arts community.

Central to our program is a common core of interconnected experiences in art, music, and theatre sharing concepts across the arts such as improvisation, performance, histories, or business of the arts. Students are challenged to develop independent thinking that transcends disciplinary boundaries as they learn to engage the changing world of the arts. Project 1, where all arts majors work with faculty to pursue a topic, idea, or project, introduces first-year students to the idea of making a unique contribution to a community. In Project 2, juniors and seniors work together on a project for public presentation, largely independent from faculty.  Project 3 is a major thesis paper, production, original play, or other project, which culminates the student’s undergraduate work and launches them into their career after UMF. This interdisciplinary, ideas-based program prepares students for the complex and changing world of the arts in the twenty-first century.

Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements

Exploration & Foundation (20 credits)

THE 100A The Creative Habit - Project I 4
THE 202A Space Lab and Performance 4
THE 212A Play Analysis and Structure 4
THE 275A Social & Political Theatre and Film 4
THE 300A Creative Arts Management - Project 2 4
Building Towards the Project (20 credits)  
Students in the Theare Concentration of the Performing Arts major select five (5) additional THE courses, meeting the following requirements:  
One studio course at the 200 level or above 4
One course in technical theatre 4
One course at the 300 level or above 4
Two THE designated electives 8
Capstone Experience (4 credits)  
THE 400A          The Creative Project - Project 3 4
Total Credits for the Major:  44  


For specific information about world language requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.


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Learning Goals, Assessment, and Requirements

Learning Goals:

UMF students graduating with a concentration in theatre will demonstrate:

  • standards for evaluating the art of performance and theatre productions.
  • an understanding of dramatic script analysis and a broad-based knowledge of plays and theatre styles.
  • an appreciation for world theatre and theoretical developments.
  • a solid fundamental education in acting, directing, and technical design.
  • the ability to place theatre within different disciplinary contexts as well as consider ideas which incorporate methods of thinking
  • solid critical artistic and thinking skills.
  • the ability to write critically about their own performance work in acting and directing.
  • criteria for self-assessment in presentations and performances.
  • means for measuring improvement of skills that go beyond their undergraduate studies.
  • understanding of the critical and theoretical elements of performance.
  • understanding of the collaborative nature of performance in directed scenes.
  • understanding of the language of performance and script development.

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