Theatre Arts

B.F.A. in Theater Arts (Design and Production)


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design and Production is a pre-professional degree that combines a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of theatre with concentrations in costume, scenic, lighting or sound design; technical production; and stage management.

Portfolio review and interview required. 

The B.F.A. gives you the artistic, intellectual and technical groundwork necessary for a professional life in the theatre and for further specialization through graduate studies. The 129-credit curriculum includes pre-professional training, study of theatre history and literature, and a wide range of liberal arts courses. This is a process-based, hands-on degree. With strong personal mentoring in your area of specialization, you will make practical application of your training through substantial participation in productions of the Post Theatre Company.

Students gain hands-on experience at professional facilities on campus, including the Little Theatre and the Costume and Scene Shops.

Graduates of the program are working at NBC, on Broadway, in regional theatre, and on national tours.


Qualities that Set Our Program Apart
  • Work with design and production professionals from your first day on campus
  • A small program focused on your individual development and success
  • Opportunities to participate in stage productions early in your study
  • Internships and work opportunities both on and off campus
  • Work directly with designers and directors from New York City as fully participating members of a production team

Admission Requirements
  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 grade point average or 82 to 85) and an average SAT of 1000 (Math & Critical Reading combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
Additional Admission Requirements

Students must interview for admission to the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Design and Production. Applicants will be notified of departmental admissions decisions by the early spring. Mid-year transfer students are contacted individually. All B.F.A. candidates must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the major.


To interview for the Theatre Arts Program with a concentration in Design and Production:
  • Apply to LIU Post at www.liu.edu/cwpost/onlineapp
  • Call 516-299-2353 to schedule an interview.
  • Portfolio is encouraged, but not required. Individual interviews are scheduled throughout the year.
Design and Production Opportunities for Majors

Design and production opportunities are available for majors each semester. Speak with the Post Theatre Company Manager regarding available positions, as design needs differ according to the season’s productions.


Core Requirements
In addition to all major requirements, students pursuing the B.F.A. in Theatre Arts must satisfy all core curriculum requirements as follows:
POST 101 1 credit
First-Year Composition 6 credits
Economics/Political Science 6 credits
Fine Arts 3 credits (excluded courses based on chosen sub-plan)
History/Philosophy 6 credits (in one area)
Laboratory Science 4 credits
Language/Literature 6 credits
Mathematics 3 - 4 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Competencies Computer, Library, Oral
For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.

Major Requirements
Required Introductory Theatre Arts Courses
THE 104 Technical Theater Practices 1 3.00
THE 105 Technical Theater Practices 2 3.00
Required Theatrical History and Literature Courses
THE 101 Introduction to Drama 3.00
THE 141 Classical Theatre History 3.00
THE 142 Modern Theatre History 3.00
Required Theatre Production Laboratory Courses
Four credits from any of the following:
THE 239 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 240 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 534 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 536 Production Laboratory 1.00
Required Theatre Contract Courses
THE 204 Department Contract 1 0.00
THE 205 Department Contract 2 0.00
Six courses from the following:
THE 201 Department Contract 3 0.00
THE 202 Department Contract 4 0.00

Production & Design Concentration Requirements
Required Introductory Acting Course
One of the following:
THE 1 The Art of Theatre 3.00
THE 6 Acting for Non-majors 3.00
THE 121 Basic Acting I 3.00
Required Theatre History & Literature Course
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
Required Theatre Arts, Production & Design Courses
THE 2 Current Theatre in New York 3.00
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 108 Drafting for Designers and Technicians 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 117 Scene Painting 3.00
THE 119 Stagecraft 3.00
THE 130 Makeup & Mask 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
Required Theatre Production Laboratory Courses
Four credits from any of the following:
THE 239 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 240 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 534 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 535 Production Laboratory 3.00
THE 536 Production Laboratory 1.00
THE 537 Production Laboratory 1.00
Required Co-Related & Art History Courses
ART 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing 3.00
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
Any one ART course (3 credits)
Any two THE courses (6 credits)
Elective Theatre, Film & Dance Courses
Any three THE, DNC, CIN, ART, CGPH, BDST, ARM, & MUS courses (9 credits)
The minimum Major GPA is 3.00

Production & Design: Costume Sub-Plan
Required Theatrical History and Literature Course
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
Required Theatre Arts, Production & Design Courses
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 129 Sound Design 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
One of the following:
THE 108 Drafting for Designers and Technicians 1.00
THE 109 Advanced Drafting 1.00
Required Co-Related Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
Required Costumes Courses
ART 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing 3.00
ART 11 Life Drawing I 3.00
THE 6 Acting for Non-majors 3.00
THE 130 Makeup & Mask 3.00
THE 172 Intermediate Costume Construction 3.00
THE 173 Patterning for Costume Designers and Technicians 3.00
One of the following:
THE 161 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
THE 162 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
One of the following:
THE 163 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
THE 164 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
Elective Theatre Arts Course
Any one THE course (3 credits)
The minimum Major GPA is 3.00

Production & Design: Sound Sub-Plan
Required Theatrical History and Literature Course
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
Required Theatre Arts, Production & Design Courses
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 129 Sound Design 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
One of the following:
THE 108 Drafting for Designers and Technicians 1.00
THE 109 Advanced Drafting 1.00
Required Co-Related Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
Required Sound Design Courses
THE 6 Acting for Non-majors 3.00
THE 116 Lighting Technology 3.00
THE 128 Sound Technology 3.00
One of the following:
THE 117 Scene Painting 3.00
THE 118 Advanced Scenic Painting 3.00
One of the following:
THE 119 Stagecraft 3.00
THE 120 Advanced Stagecraft 3.00
One of the following:
THE 161 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
THE 162 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
One of the following:
THE 163 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
THE 164 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
Required Fine Arts Core Course
One of the following:
ART 1 Introduction to Visual Arts 3.00
ART 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing 3.00
ART 17 Introduction to Basic Design (2-Dimensional) 3.00
ART 18 Introduction to Basic Design (3-Dimensional) 3.00
ART 101 Interpreting Art in the 21st Century 3.00
CIN 11 History of World Cinema 3.00
CMA 9 Introduction to the Media Arts 3.00
DNC 1 Beginning Movement 1 3.00
DNC 108 History of Dance 3.00
MUS 1 Introduction to Musical Concepts 3.00
MUS 2 Elementary Musicianship 3.00
Elective Theatre Arts Course
Any two THE (Theatre) course (6 credits)
The minimum Major GPA is 3.00

Production & Design: Sets Sub-Plan
Required Theatrical History and Literature Course
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
Required Theatre Arts, Production & Design Courses
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 129 Sound Design 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
One of the following:
THE 108 Drafting for Designers and Technicians 1.00
THE 109 Advanced Drafting 1.00
Required Co-Related Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
Required Sound Design Courses
THE 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing 3.00
THE 6 Acting for Non-majors 3.00
THE 116 Lighting Technology 3.00
THE 128 Sound Technology 3.00
One of the following:
THE 117 Scene Painting 3.00
THE 118 Advanced Scenic Painting 3.00
One of the following:
THE 119 Stagecraft 3.00
THE 120 Advanced Stagecraft 3.00
One of the following:
THE 161 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
THE 162 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
One of the following:
THE 163 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
THE 164 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
Any one THE (Theatre) course (3 credits)
The minimum Major GPA is 3.00

Production & Design: Lighting Sub-Plan
Required Theatrical History and Literature Course
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
Required Theatre Arts, Production & Design Courses
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 129 Sound Design 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
One of the following:
THE 108 Drafting for Designers and Technicians 1.00
THE 109 Advanced Drafting 1.00
Required Co-Related Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
Required Light Design Courses
THE 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing 3.00
THE 6 Acting for Non-majors 3.00
THE 116 Lighting Technology 3.00
THE 128 Sound Technology 3.00
One of the following:
THE 117 Scene Painting 3.00
THE 118 Advanced Scenic Painting 3.00
One of the following:
THE 119 Stagecraft 3.00
THE 120 Advanced Stagecraft 3.00
One of the following:
THE 161 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
THE 162 Intermediate Design Seminar 3.00
One of the following:
THE 163 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
THE 164 Advanced Design Seminar 3.00
Elective Theatre Arts Course
Any one THE (Theatre) course (3 credits)
The minimum Major GPA is 3.00

Production & Design: Stage Management Sub-Plan
Required Theatrical History and Literature Course
THE 143 Shakespeare in Performance 3.00
THE 149 History of Style 3.00
Required Theatre Arts, Production & Design Courses
THE 103 Design Concepts for Visual Artists 3.00
THE 110 Stage Management 3.00
THE 113 Scene Design I 3.00
THE 115 Lighting Design 3.00
THE 129 Sound Design 3.00
THE 131 Directing I 3.00
THE 171 Costume Design 3.00
One of the following:
THE 108 Drafting for Designers and Technicians 1.00
THE 109 Advanced Drafting 1.00
Required Co-Related Art History Courses
ART 59 Survey of World Art I 3.00
ART 60 Survey of World Art II 3.00
Required Stage Management Courses
ARM 64 Theatre and Dance Management 3.00
ARM 68 Legal Aspects of the Arts & Entertainment Industries 3.00
THE 116 Lighting Technology 3.00
THE 121 Basic Acting I 3.00
THE 122 Basic Acting II 3.00
THE 128 Sound Technology 3.00
THE 150 Stage Combat 3.00
One of the following:
THE 119 Stagecraft 3.00
THE 120 Advanced Stagecraft 3.00
Required Fine Arts Core Course
One of the following:
ART 1 Introduction to Visual Arts 3.00
ART 5 Introduction to Basic Drawing 3.00
ART 17 Introduction to Basic Design (2-Dimensional) 3.00
ART 18 Introduction to Basic Design (3-Dimensional) 3.00
ART 101 Interpreting Art in the 21st Century 3.00
CIN 11 History of World Cinema 3.00
CMA 9 Introduction to the Media Arts 3.00
DNC 1 Beginning Movement 1 3.00
DNC 108 History of Dance 3.00
MUS 1 Introduction to Musical Concepts 3.00
MUS 2 Elementary Musicianship 3.00
Elective Theatre Arts Courses
Any one THE course (3 credits)
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 129 (128 for transfer students)
Minimum Liberal Arts Credits: 36
Minimum Major Credits: 84
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.50
Minimum Major GPA: 3.00

CONTACT

College of Arts, Communications & Design
Christine Kerr, Ph.D.
Acting Dean and Professor
Christine.Kerr@liu.edu

Moreen Mitchell, J.D.
Assistant Dean
Moreen.Mitchell@liu.edu