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  • Objectives
    Whether your dream is in Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Costume Design and Construction, Set Design, Lighting, Sound, Props, or Stage Management, the Dalhousie Theatre Department has a programme designed to give you everything you need to get you started in your chosen career. We have five programmes of study to choose from: Acting, Costume Studies, Music and Theatre, Scenography and Technical Scenography and Theatre Studies.
  • Practical experience
    In the spirit of true collaboration, students from all five areas of study come together four times a year to present our DalTheatre productions. They have the opportunity to work alongside nationally and internationally known Directors and Designers to create professional calibre theatre.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts Honours in Theatre
  • Course description
    BA with Honours in Theatre

    1. Theatre Studies


    This degree is designed for students who wish to follow a program of theatre studies that keeps the whole of theatre in perspective, is academically oriented, and serves as a strong foundation for graduate degrees in Theatre and Drama, or as a good preparation for a variety of professional and education degrees. Honours students must maintain at least a B+ average in all of their advanced Theatre classes.

    Year 1
                
    •     THEA 1000X/Y.06
    •     1 other full class in THEA at 1000-level
    •     3 classes in other subjects

    Year 2
                
    •     THEA 2011.03
    •     THEA 2012.03
    •     THEA 2900X/Y.06
    •     3 full classes in other subjects

    Years 3 and 4
                
    •     THEA 3200X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3500X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3600X/Y.06
    •     THEA 4500.03
    •     THEA 4501.03
    •     3 full advanced electives in THEA, at least 1 of which must be either in Acting, Scenography, or Costume Studies
    •     1 full advanced class in dramatic literature from another department (ENGL, CLAS, RUSS, SPAN, FREN, GERM, etc.)
    •     2 full classes in other subjects, including THEA

    An additional credit (the "21st credit") consists of fulfilling the function of a dramaturge or assistant director on one of DalTheatre productions.

    2. Acting

    Year 1

               
    •     THEA 1000X/Y.06
    •     THEA 1800X/Y.06
    •     3 full classes in other subjects

    Year 2
               
    •     THEA 2011.03
    •     THEA 2012.03
    •     THEA 2800X/Y.06
    •     THEA 2810X/Y.06
    •     THEA 2820X/Y.06
    •     1 full elective in other subject

    Year 3
               
    •     THEA 3800X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3810X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3820X/Y.06
    •     MUSC 1080X/Y.03
    •     1.5 classes in other subjects

    Year 4
               
    •     THEA 4800X/Y.06
    •     THEA 4840X/Y.06
    •     MUSC 1081X/Y.03
    •     THEA 3500X/Y.06
    •     1.5 classes in other subjects (one of these can be in THEA)

    3. Scenography & Technical Scenography

    Year 1
               
    •     THEA 1000X/Y.06
    •     THEA 1050X/Y.06
    •     3 full classes in other subjects

    Year 2
               
    •     THEA 2011.03
    •     THEA 2012.03
    •     THEA 2060X/Y.06
    •     THEA 2070X/Y.06
    •     THEA 2700X/Y.06
    •     1 full elective in other subject

    Year 3
               
    •     THEA 3060X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3070X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3710X/Y.06
    •     2 classes in other subjects

    Year 4
               
    •     THEA 3500X/Y.06
    •     2 full advanced level electives in theatre.
    •     2 full classes in other subjects, including up to 1 in theatre

    The 21st class in Technical Scenography and Scenography consists of designing either set or lighting for one, or assistant-designing for two, DalTheatre productions.

    NOTE: Interested students, studying Technical Scenography could find occasional, paid employment with Neptune Theatre, the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and IATSE Local 680 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) with whom the Department of Theatre has a close connection.

    4. Costume Studies

    Year 1

               
    •     THEA 1000X/Y.06
    •     THEA 1450X/Y.06
    •     3 full classes in other subjects

    Year 2
               
    •     THEA 2011.03
    •     THEA 2012.03
    •     THEA 2400X/Y.06
    •     THEA 2406X/Y.06
    •     THEA 2411.03
    •     THEA 2451X/Y.03
    •     1 full class in other subjects

    Year 3
               
    •     THEA 3405X/Y.06
    •     THEA 3408.03
    •     THEA 3450X/Y.03
    •     THEA 3454.03
    •     THEA 3455.03
    •     2 full classes on other subjects

    Year 4
               
    •     THEA 3500X/Y.06
    •     THEA 4400X/Y.06
    •     THEA 4450.03
    •     THEA 4452.03
    •     TEXL 2000 (NSCAD)
    •     TEXL 2100 (NSCAD)
    •     1 full class in another subject

    • THEA 1000X/Y.06: Introduction to Theatre.
    • THEA 1050X/Y.06: Introduction to Theatre Organization and Stagecraft.
    • THEA 1300X/Y.06: Introduction to Film.
    • THEA 1450X/Y.06: Introduction to Costume Studies.
    • THEA 1800X/Y.06: Introduction to Acting and Performance.
    • THEA 2000X/Y.06: Theatre Performance.
    • THEA 2011.03: Classical Theatre.
    • THEA 2012.03: Early Modern Theatre.
    • THEA 2020X/Y.06: Jazz Dance I (Spring Session Only).
    • THEA 2060X/Y.06: Technical Scenography I.
    • THEA 2070X/Y.06: Performance Technology I.
    • THEA 2300X/Y.06: Film Study.
    • THEA 2310X/Y.06: Film Genres.
    • THEA 2311.03: Film Analysis.
    • THEA 2312.03: Issues in Film Aesthetics.
    • THEA 2313.03: Shakespeare and this Contemporaries on Film.
    • THEA 2314.03: Survey of Italian Cinema.
    • THEA 2320X/Y.06: Popular Cinema.
    • THEA 2336.03: Russian Film I.
    • THEA 2346.03: East European Cinema: War, Love, and Revolutions.
    • THEA 2400X/Y.06: Cave to Caf?: Costume and Identity from Antiquity to 1700.
    • THEA 2406X/Y.06: The Aesthetics of Contemporary Dress.
    • THEA 2411.03: Designers' Language.
    • THEA 2451.03: Costume in Performance I.
    • THEA 2700X/Y.06: Scenography I.
    • THEA 2800X/Y.06/THEA 2810X/Y.06/THEA 2820X/Y.06: The Discovery Year.
    • THEA 2800X/Y.06: Acting II.
    • THEA 2810X/Y.06: Voice and Speech II.
    • THEA 2820X/Y.06: Dance and Movement II.
    • THEA 2841.03: Speak With Confidence: Voice for Non-Majors.
    • THEA 2900X/Y.06: Dramaturgy.
    • THEA 3010X/Y.06: The History of Musical Theatre.
    • THEA 3020.06: Jazz Dance II. (Spring Session only).
    • THEA 3060X/Y.06: Technical Scenography II.
    • THEA 3070X/Y.06: Performance Technology II.
    • THEA 3200X/Y.06: The Director in the Theatre.
    • THEA 3311X/Y.06: The Cinema of David Lynch.
    • THEA 3330.03: Film Theory I.
    • THEA 3331.03: Film Theory II.
    • THEA 3405X/Y.06: The Aesthetics of Historical Dress.
    • THEA 3408.03: The Aesthetics of Ritual Costume.
    • THEA 3450.03: Costume in Performance II.
    • THEA 3454.03: Body-Shaping Through Historical Tailoring II.
    • THEA 3455.03: Body-Shaping Through Historical Tailoring I.
    • THEA 3500X/Y.06: The Modern Theatre.
    • THEA 3600X/Y.06: The Playwright in the Theatre.
    • THEA 3710X/Y.06: Scenography II.
    • THEA 3800X/Y.06/THEA 3810X/Y.06/THEA 3820.06: The Transformation Year.
    • THEA 3800X/Y.06: Acting III.
    • THEA 3810X/Y.06: Voice and Speech III.
    • THEA 3820X/Y.06: Dance and Movement III.
    • THEA 3911.03: Gender in Theatre: A Cross-Cultural Survey.
    • THEA 3912.03: Gender Theory and Contemporary Performance.
    • THEA 4400X/Y.06: Dress and Identity: King's Court to Mass Culture, 1700 - present.
    • THEA 4450.03: Costume Technology.
    • THEA 4452.03: The Sculpture of Dress.
    • THEA 4500.03: Colonial Canadian Theatre.
    • THEA 4501.03: Post-Colonial Canadian Theatre.
    • THEA 4700X/Y.06: Special Topics I.
    • THEA 4735X/Y.06: Advanced Seminar in Baroque Culture.
    • THEA 4800X/Y.06/4840X/Y.06: The Interpretation and Performance Year.
    • THEA 4800X/Y.06: Acting IV.
    • THEA 4840X/Y.06: Advanced Performance Techniques.
    • THEA 4900X/Y.06: Theory and Criticism of Drama and Theatre.
    • THEA 4921.03: Special Topics II.
    • THEA 4931.03: Contemporary Theatre.
    • THEA 4932.03: Cross-Cultural Theatres.

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