The theatre arts program at Bowie State University offers the Bachelor of Science degree, with a choice of studies in musical theatre or acting/directing; for non-majors, the program offers a minor in theatre arts or dance. The program is designed to offer historical, theoretical and experiential studies in acting, directing, stagecraft, dance, children’s theatre, and the fundamentals of theatre research and scholarship, as students train in the traditional skills necessary for successfully entering professional theatre and for succeeding in graduate studies.
The program includes continuous assessment and evaluation throughout a student’s matriculation, beginning with an audition at the onset of the freshman year and ending with a capstone seminar course that requires the submission of a cumulative portfolio. A mid-point evaluation of potential success in the program is also included and usually occurs when approximately sixty credits are acquired. Taking advantage of the University’s location and the abundance of community and professional theatre in surrounding areas, the faculty encourages students to participate in off-campus as well as on-campus productions and guides the majors to develop their personal visions of theatre and dance as dynamic and diverse cultural elements of any society.
As students are guided to develop their personal visions of the theatre as a dynamic cultural force, they are trained in the traditional skills necessary for entering professional work and succeeding in graduate studies.
Programs in technical theatre and dance/movement studies are coming online soon.
Professor Bob Bartlett
Program Coordinator, Theatre Arts
Fine and Performing Arts Center, #3102
The purpose of the theatre arts program is to prepare students for successful entrance into the professional theatre and/or advanced academic study. Through mentorship, practical training, and academic rigor, the program produces graduates with a unique artistic vision, a strong work ethic, and an appreciation for theatre as a dynamic cultural force.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies
Throughout the program of study and upon graduation, students should demonstrate the ability to
To successfully matriculate through and graduate from theatre arts, majors must meet the following requirements:
Graduation Requirements: All BSU majors require a minimum of 120 or more credits.
Attention current BSU, prospective, transfer and high school students your participation is important. Below are links to surveys for future program/major offerings in Theatre Arts. All surveys are anonymous and takes only a few minutes to complete: