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The Performing Arts Department embodies and practices the University's mission which "seeks to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of students." Coursework in the Performing Arts encourages the student to explore varied points of view, skills, and techniques for understanding and expressing the human condition. Students exposed to art, music and theatre experience a broadened and enhanced worldview through exposure to widely diverse cultures and means of expression.

The Performing Arts department offers course work in Fine Arts, Music and Theatre that fulfill the University Core requirement under Diverse Human Experience. Theatre offers a minor degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Fine Arts
The introductory course in Fine Arts fulfills the Aesthetic Experience requirement of Objective Five of the University core. Focus on theory and appreciation rather than practice makes this course suitable for non-majors.

FINA 2000 Introduction to the Arts 3

Students discover the language, principles and methodologies needed to understand the aesthetic experience. Exposure to and discussion of key works in painting, sculpture, architecture, music, dance, cinema and all forms of theatre lead to understanding the role of the arts in reflecting, explaining, and guiding both individual development and civilization itself.

Course offerings in Music fulfill the Aesthetic Experience objective needed to complete the University Core requirement under Objective five. Course listings provide students with a wide variety of cultural experiences. A general music survey course explores European and American orchestral and vocal music. Other studies include Music Theatre, emphasizing Broadway musicals, opera and operetta. Course offerings are also available in American and African American music, which include the study of jazz, spirituals, folk, and classical genres.

MUS 2020 Survey of Our Music Heritage 3
MUS 2090 African American Women in Music 3
MUS 3060 Music of Theatre 3
MUS 3080 American Music 3
MUS/EDU 4500* Performing Arts for the Classroom 3
*This course is cross listed with the Education Department.

Degree Requirements


Theatre is an academic degree program offering a Bachelor of Arts minor or a Bachelor of Arts major. The theatre faculty, staff, and students at UDM also form the producing organization known as "The Theatre Company." The Theatre Company has been an established and respected member of the Detroit area theatre community since 1972. Using an apprenticeship approach to stimulate artistic growth in a creative production process, we combine the work of seasoned professionals with young talents. At the heart of this process are the professional talents of the faculty and staff, who participate in dynamic partnerships with other area theatres.

All students in the major degree program apply their classroom training by working in the Theatre Company, where they assist in all areas of the production process. Students will stage manage at least one production towards their degree requirement.

Students at all degree levels are matched with a departmental advisor. The advisor works with the student to plan a curriculum devised to satisfy the university core, the student’s own career goals, and the departmental standards for graduation.

BA Theatre Major 40 Credits
The B.A. in Theatre is for students who intend to teach, or to pursue a more diversified liberal arts program.

Prerequisite courses: (15 Credits)
TRE 1310 Introduction to Theatre 3
TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting 3
TRE 2660 Theatre Crafts 3
TRE 3500 Scene Study I 3

Rehearsal and Production (4 cr.)
In addition, students are required to take a minimum of 4 hours of Rehearsal and Production. Credit may be taken I hour at a time for production participation. State Managers may register for two credits.

TRE 1320 Rehearsal and Production 1 - 2
TRE 3740 Rehearsal and Production 1 - 2

Two upper level courses from the following: (6 Credits)
TRE 4300 History of Theatre I, and 3
TRE 4310 History of Theatre II, or 3
TRE 4650 Fundamentals of Directing 3

Electives and upper division courses: (15 credits)
Courses may be chosen from the upper division course list in the B.A. degree program pending approval of the instructor. These include:

TRE 2540 Voice & Movement 3
TRE 2680 Acting II 3
TRE 3060 Non Profit Management 3
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design 3
TRE 3510 Dynamics I 3
TRE 3520 Acting Styles 3
TRE 3560 Dynamics II 3
TRE 3570 Acting Styles II 3
TRE 3590 Voice & Diction 3
TRE 4510 Dynamics 3
TRE 4550 Scene Study III 3
TRE 4500 Scene Study II 3
MUS 3060 Music of the Theatre 3

Capstone Requirements: (9 credits)
The Capstone is intended for students who may wish to pursue further education or prepare to pursue professional activities. In the fall of the senior year, the student will propose a project developed with the aid of their advisor and the professor in the chosen area of interest. The student will register for one of the following courses:

TRE 4960 Directed Studies in Acting 3
TRE 4950 Directed Readings in Theatre 3
TRE 4970 Directed Studies in Directing 3
TRE 4980 Directed Studies in Design 3

Designed to complement the experience of students in other majors whose career goals include public appearances, presentations, or performance in fields such as Public, Business, or Health Administration, Pre-Law, Social Work, Education, and Education Administration.

Theatre Minor: 18 credit hours

Prerequisite classes: 9 credits
TRE 1310 Introduction to Theatre 3
TRE 1610 Fundamentals of Acting 3
TRE 2680 Acting II 3

Two Upper Level courses from the following: 6 credits
TRE 2540 Voice & Movement 3
TRE 3100 Theatrical Design 3
TRE 3550 Scene Study 3
TRE 3510 Dynamics 3

One Upper Level Course from the following: 3 credits
TRE 4300 Theatre History I 3
TRE 4310 Theatre History II 3

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