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Theatre at Aquinas College

Theatre Major - Technical Studies Track (BA)

Major Requirements:

Forty-eight (48) credit hours in Theatre: the core (27 credits) and one concentration or “track” (21 credits) selected from the following options: performance (acting and/or directing), technical studies, creative dramatics or general studies.

Theatre Major core required courses:

  • TE/EH217 Dramatic Literature 
  • TE242 Script Analysis 
  • TE361 Theatre History I
  • TE362 Theatre History II 
  • TE141 Acting I 
  • TE251 Stagecraft 
  • TE244 Directing I 
  • TE399 Senior Capstone Project/Independent Study 
  • Five (5) credits of Theatre Practica (TE253 and TE341) at least one credit in each area, counts for mainstage production and the Children's tour only 

Technical Studies Track Requirements:

Required courses:

  • TE130 Intro to Theatre Design
  • TE351 Technical Theatre
  • TE420 Theatre Management
  • Three (3) credits of TE254 Design Mentorship
  • Nine (9) credits of theatre electives


  • TE130 Introduction to Theatre Design (3)

    Introduces the elements of design and interprets them theatrically: set, costume, and light design. Explores text interpretation and visual expression.

  • TE351 Technical Theatre (3)

    Concentrative study on a rotating area of theatrical design or technical study, including set, costume, lighting or sound design, stage management, props design and construction, make-up design or technical direction. Scene shop hours may be required. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: TE251

  • TE420 Theatre Management (3)

    A seminar-based course in the leading and promotion of theatrical organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. Fundraising, visibility, and organizational structure and guidelines are discussed. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.

  • TE254 Design Mentorship (1-3)

    The shadowing of a design professional (set, lighting, costume, sound, props, stage management or technical direction) working on a mainstage production. The student may be called upon to assist the mentor in various capacities. Observations are recorded in a journal and checked by/discussed by the mentor. May be repeated with different subject areas or different mentors. Pre-req: TE130 or program chairperson permission.