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Undergraduate: Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts (THR)
Theatre arts is traditionally the study of the dramatic event typified by productions associated with the New York stage, whether it be Broadway or Off-Broadway. In recent years, however, the concept of theatre has expanded to include performances from around the world, extending from the most sacred rituals to the most profane performance art. What was once the study of the live actor before a live audience now requires an investigation into the impact of technology and media on the practice of theatre. This exciting and expanding discipline defines the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook, where students can study acting, design, and directing; immerse themselves in playwriting and media; and explore interactive computing technologies as a tool of study and a means of personal expression.
The objective of study in Theatre Arts is to provide students with the opportunity to explore a range of forms of self-expression. Students are introduced to the practical tools necessary to communicate effectively through the theatre, the media, and technology. In addition, they investigate the historical and theoretical basis on which these art forms are based, giving them a strong foundation on which to pursue the many opportunities available to a student graduating with a minor in Theatre Arts.
Students who graduate with a minor in Theatre Arts may pursue theatre-related careers, go on to further study, or enter other professions such as law, business, publishing, advertising, communications, computer graphics, and public relations.
Degrees and Requirements
Requirements for the Minor in Theatre Arts (THR)
The minor in Theatre Arts provides the student with the opportunity to explore several aspects of the dramatic arts. The course of study should lead the student to an understanding of the necessary next steps should his or her interest be sharpened by the experience.
All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. At least 12 of the credits must be taken at Stony Brook.
Completion of the minor requires a minimum of 19 credits.
A. Theatre Arts Minor Core Program
1. THR 101 Introduction to Theatre Arts
2. THR 103 Introduction to Theatre Design or THR 105 Acting I
3. THR 115 Stagecraft
B. Upper-Division Electives
Nine upper-division credits to be chosen from courses in theatre arts (THR) or dance (DAN).