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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: Theatre Arts Administration

(120 hours)
Effective Fall 2013

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The Theatre Arts Administration program is intended for students who express an interest in and an inclination toward the production and managerial aspects of theatre. The program is based on the philosophy that a successful career in Theatre Arts Administration requires knowledge of modern business practices coupled with a comprehensive background in theatre. The focus of this area of concentration is directed toward the study of both theatre arts core courses, as well as courses in business, which relate to the disciplines of Management, Legal Environments, Marketing, and Finance. In addition, the premise of the Theatre Arts Administration program is to impart to the student the three characteristics that embody a successful arts organization: artistic quality, public service, and fiscal responsibility. A major emphasis in this program is the preparation for the successful completion of an appropriate internship.

Admission to this area of concentration is by interview and submission of an essay only.
To view the Theatre Arts Administration Course Curriculum Scheme, please click here.

SEQUENCE OF REQUIRED COURSES

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Intro to Theatre Management I Intro to Theatre Management II
Tech Production I Tech Production II
Principles of Economics I Principles of Economics II
Freshman English Freshman English
Play Analysis Basic Stage Lighting***
OR Basic Stagecraft
OR Costume for theTheatre
Freshman Seminar**  

SOPHOMORE YEAR

                               
FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Acting: Non-Majors Stage Management^
Theatre Arts Admin Lab I Theatre Arts Admin Lab II
Principles of Accounting I Beginning Directing I
Dance for Non-Majors Technical Writing I: Pre-Professional
Statistics I Principles of Speech
Humanities Elective Basic Stage Lighting***
OR Basic Stagecraft
OR Costume for theTheatre

**REQUIRED FOR NEW ENTRANTS ONLY, HOWEVER, ALL OTHERS MUST SATISFY THIS CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENT WITH AN ELECTIVE.
***Course offered in the SPRING SEMESTER ONLY.
^ALL THEATRE ARTS ADMINISTRATION MAJORS ARE REQUIRED TO SERVE AS AN ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER and/or A STAGE MANAGER AT LEAST ONCE PRIOR TO GRADUATION.
NOTE: Many of the courses listed have laboratory hours. Laboratory hours allow for practical application of the theoretical approach addressed in both classroom exercise 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.

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Theatre History I Theatre History II
Theatre Arts Admin Lab III Theatre Arts Admin Lab IV
Principles of Marketing Elective+
Management and Org. Behavior Art Appreciation
Production Management Intro to Media Production
Basic Stage Lighting
OR Basic Stagecraft
OR Design I
Intro to Psychology
OR Intro to Social Psychology

SENIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Fundraising for the Arts Blacks in the Arts
Seminar in Theatre Arts Administration Drama Internship: Theatre Arts Administration
Intro to Entertainment Law Critical Writing and Aesthetics
OR Intro to Philosophy
Theatre Arts Administration Lab Elective/Honors Course++
Restricted Elective*  

+Honors Students are required to take THFD-186 – Directed Study AND ++THFD-187 Honors Thesis
*RESTRICTED ELECTIVES: HUCO-410 Conflict Mgmt & Negotiation Strategy; JOUR-206 Intro. To Advertising; THFD-081 Play Reading; THAT-206 Entrepreneurship in the Entertainment Industry; MKTG-360 Computer Applications in Marketing; MKTG-370 Services Marketing
****JUNIOR OR SENTIOR LEVEL STUDENT ONLY OR WITH CONSENT OF COURSE INSTRUCTOR.
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.

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