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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with Emphasis in Performance Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff Campus Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff Campus, USA


Jan 2023, Aug 2023, Jan 2024, Sep 2023

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USD 29900

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USD 50 Waived

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48 months


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Program Overview

The study of Theatre Arts is an integral part of a liberal arts education. As such, Northern Arizona University Department of Theatre seeks to give the undergraduate theatre student the broadest possible understanding of the art and craft of theatre through the creative, critical, and applied practice of theatre, and provide opportunity through performance and production for the student to learn their art by doing their art in a learner centered environment. The program seeks to prepare students for the global society by creating an awareness of the “other”, practicing empathetical thinking, and sustainability with a global perspective.

Theatre: Emphasis in Performance

  • Evaluate, analyze, and apply a depth and breadth of knowledge about the global impact of Theatre history, literature, and practices to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • Recognize the literary, theoretical, and historical practices of performance in the global Theatre by taking courses in Script Analysis, Modern Drama, and Theatre History.
    • Synthesize knowledge acquired through the study of Theatrical history, theory and criticism, and be able to articulate their own stances on the global stage of Theatre.
    • Identify a variety of disciplines within the art of Theatre, and the impacts they have on performance by successfully completing  coursework from a wide variety of Theatrical sub-fields.
    • Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge about the numerous facets of Theatre by successfully participating in various areas (or Theatrical positions) in the process of making Theatre, and applying this experience to performance.
    • Critique, perform, and synthesize their understandings of texts from the global stage through in-class assignments and mainstage or second stage projects, thereby expanding their awareness of the larger impact of Theatre.
  • Value and apply an understanding of and experience with Theatre as a collaborative art to the scholarship and practice of Theatre.
    • Implement an understanding of the collaborative processes of Theatre through the successful completion of courses in directing, and through the practical applications of rehearsal and performance.
    • Practice effective communication within a collaborative environment through the practical applications of rehearsal and performance.
    • Value and understand professional and ethical boundaries within the collaborative Theatrical process through coursework and the practical application of rehearsal and performance .
    • Application of active listening skills in class, in the rehearsal hall, and in performance.
    • Apply appreciation of the different areas of Theatre to effectively perform a role or direct a text.
    • Recognize and implement successful practices of ensemble development in the creation of Theatre through successful completion of course work and practical application in the rehearsal hall and on stage.
  • Apply knowledge of theory to practical work in Theatre.
    • Identify and engage in professional practices of performance through successful completion of courses in performance, and through practical application on stage.
    • Recognize, characterize and implement an understanding of the human body and voice and its relationship to narrative and expression through successful completion of performance courses and through application on stage.
    • Identify, implement, and evaluate knowledge and correct application of discipline-based language, terminology, and vernacular.
    • Identify and engage in the professional practices of the Theatre through successful completion of courses in either Stage Management or Theatre Management.
    • Identify, implement, and critique the technologies and processes used in the professional Theatre, both historically and contemporarily, through the successful completion of courses in Technical Theatre and Design.
    • Implement effective storytelling practices.
    • Identify and utilize the interaction of Theatrical elements, and employ this knowledge in analysis and implementation of Theatrical choices.
    • Recognize and implement an understanding of dramatic structure in playmaking and playwriting in order to tell a story or create a role.
    • Practice effective research and documentation of research in a performance process.
    • Demonstrate growth through audition, and successful completion of departmental performance opportunities.
  • Articulate an understanding of sustainability in Theatre, in all its manifestations.
    • Identify and discuss current professional Theatrical practices aimed at increasing sustainability.
    • Recognize, discuss, and analyze the sustainability of storytelling as an art form that is socially, culturally, and historically contextualized.
  • Effectively communicate the theory and practice of Theatre in the following modes: digital, literary, verbal, and non-verbal.
    • Articulate the creative process using digital, oral and written communication skills through the successful completion of a Capstone defense.
    • Practice effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills through successful completion of performance courses, and through practical application on stage.
    • Articulate dramatic structure in the rehearsal and performance processes.
    • Recognize and implement effective written communication of dramatic structure, research, and analysis through the successful completion of course work in modern and contemporary drama and script analysis.
    • Communicate and implement an understanding of  dramatic structure, research, and analysis through the medium of live theatre.
    • Implement effective verbal communication skills through correct usage of theatrical terminology.
    • Articulate and implement effective verbal communication skills through exploration and discovery in the rehearsal hall and coursework.
  • Apply effective problem solving through creative and critical thinking.
    • Demonstrate effective and creative problem solving by synthesizing research and coursework, and applying this knowledge to the rehearsal hall and performance.
    • Demonstrate creative problem solving by effective and diverse application of the tools of theatre to meet the challenges of a role, a play, or a scene.
    • Implement active and critical thinking by proactively approaching a role or a project.
    • Demonstrate autonomy in the successful completion of a Senior Capstone project.
  • Demonstrate the facility to synthesize and apply their liberal studies to the practice of Theatre.
    • Apply awareness and comprehension of the scope of university coursework taken to a critically analysis their own processes as performers.
    • Integrate university course work to create roles or tell stories.
    • Apply knowledge from liberal studies coursework in creative ways.
    • Comprehend, analyze and apply the diversity of stories found in the liberal studies curriculum in regard to performance challenges.
    • Synthesize and apply their knowledge of all areas of theatre and the liberal arts to effectively complete a capstone project.
  • Practice an effective system of preparation and working habits.
    • Implement the Theatrical practices of always being on time, prepared, and ready to work, through successful their completion of coursework as well as in the rehearsal hall and on stage.
    • Recognize, describe, and implement effective warm-up and preparation exercises.
    • Apply continual preparation tactics, research, and practical habits in performance.
    • Implement effective classroom strategies such as active discussion participation, engagement with course materials, and asking relevant questions.
    • Practice effective and efficient writing techniques, including outlining, peer reviewing, and revision
    • Collaborate within groups to prepare and present course material.
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Program Level 4-Year Bachelor's Degree

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma.

    6 IELTS Score
    70 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
    56 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    95 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
    55% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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    International Excellence Award
    The International Excellence Award was established to provide opportunities for high-achieving underrepresented international students to attend NAU. It is a merit-based tuition waiver for first time F-1 undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking international students admitted directly into a university degree program on the Flagstaff campus. Students who meet the criteria are automatically considered once they submit a complete application for admission. This scholarship is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

    To be eligible for this award, you must meet the eligibility requirements outlined below. Awards are highly competitive and eligibility does not guarantee an award. Other factors may be taken into consideration.

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