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A Career Guide for the Theatre Major


The major in Theatre provides a basis for this performing art which is a collaborative art form and a practical skill. The program offers both academic instruction and performance opportunities. Additional hands-on work experience in stage production/management is available. The FAU undergraduate major realizes distinct advantages in an environment that has both artists-in-residence and master's level programs. Students who seek careers as actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians, managers, and teachers are instructed by established theatre professionals.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Speaking/performing before groups and in various mediums: theatre, television, movies, videos, and debate.
  • The arts
  • Creative self-expression
Aptitudes
  • Attention to detail
  • Working independently and in groups
  • Creative problem solving
  • Ability to read critically
  • Excellent memory
  • Uninhibited
  • Keen listening skills
  • Emotional openness
  • Flair for the dramatic

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The Department of Theatre offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. These programs are designed to prepare students for advanced study or for careers in professional theatre. Alumni of the Department are currently working in professional theatre, television and motion pictures, and academic theatre.

All students majoring in Theatre must fulfill the University and College requirements for admission and graduation. All courses in the Department of Theatre must be passed with a "C" or better; pass/fail grades are not used to satisfy graduation requirements. Theatre majors must maintain a 3.0 average in courses in the major, and must complete a minimum of 8 credits in Summer Repertory (THE 4921L) - 4 credits during the Freshman/Sophomore years and 4 credits during the Junior/Senior years.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Theatre graduates:

Actors/Actresses
Entertainment Park Performer
Directors
Stage Managers
Stage/Sets designer
Teacher
Movie Set Coach
Video Producer
Playwright
Public Television Coordinator

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Department of Theatre
Boca Raton Campus, Arts and Humanities Building, Room 114 (AH 114)
561-297-3270


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, The Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Theatre.
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