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Howard University's Department
of Theatre Arts is an internationally acclaimed leader and producer of artistic merit. Each season the Department of Theatre Arts presents classical and contemporary plays in its two-theatre complex. These plays offer not only entertainment, but also a forum for ideas and discussion.

Academics: Acting

Performing Arts: Acting (120 hours)
Effective Fall 2013

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The objectives of the Acting area of concentration are designed to provide the student the opportunity to master the acting skills necessary for pursuit of a professional career in the areas of performing arts. The program combines classroom instruction with rehearsal and performance techniques. The program is divided into three levels of training: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. Specific skills are emphasized at each level. A jury examination is required each semester of all acting students. A satisfactory jury examination is necessary for a passing grade in all Acting classes.

Admission into this area of concentration is by audition and invitation only.
For more information regarding Acting Program Auditions, please click here.
To view the Acting Course Curriculum Scheme, please click here.

SEQUENCE OF REQUIRED COURSES

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Acting Tech I

Acting Tech II

Voice for the Stage Diction for the Stage
Movement Fundamentals of Dance II
Play Analysis Tech Production I
Freshman English Freshman English
Fundamentals of Dance I Play Reading
Freshman Seminar **  

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Acting Character Scene Study I Acting Character Scene Study II
Theatre History I (WAC) Theatre History II
Intro to Psychology Tech Production II
Intro to Social Psychology Costume for Theatre (or)
Stage Make-up Basic Stagecraft*** (or)
Stage Management Basic Stage Lighting
College Algebra Beginning Directing
  Honors Directed Studies (1)]+

**REQUIRED FOR NEW ENTRANTS ONLY, HOWEVER, ALL OTHERS MUST SATISFY THIS CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENT WITH AN ELECTIVE.

***COURSE OFFERED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.

+STUDENT MUST CHECK WITH ADVISOR FOR HONOR’S COURSE EQUIVALENTS.

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Acting Character Scene Study III Acting Character Scene Study IV
Art Appreciation Speech for the Microphone
Humanities I Humanities II+
Basic Stage Lighting (or) Shakespeare for Actors
Basic Stagecraft*** (or) Elective
Costume for Theatre Honors Directed Study (1)]+
Honors Directed Study (1)]+  

SENIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Acting Styles I Rehearsal and Performance Lab
Acting for Film and Television I Blacks in the Arts
Intro to Philosophy Elective
Elective Honor's Thesis (3)]+
Honor's Thesis (3)]+  

NOTE:  STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS FOR GRADUATION.  IF A COURSE IS NOT OFFERED, THE STUDENT MUST MAKE-UP THE HOURS IN COURSES APPROVED BY THE COORDINATOR.  STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW THE CURRICULUM SCHEME AS PRINTED OR THEY MAY JEOPARDIZE THEIR GRADUATING WITHIN A 4 YEAR TIME PERIOD.

Many of the courses listed have laboratory hours.  Laboratory hours allow for practical application of the theoretical approach addressed in both classroom exercises and lectures.  Lab hours vary depending on the expectations and/or demands of the class/production.  All students should anticipate committing additional time outside of classroom instruction for Lab work.

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