Degree Requirements

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN THEATER ARTS/COURSE 21M-2 

The undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts degree comprises a broad foundation in theoretical and practical studies, and intensive performance and design practica.  To satisfy the requirements, students complete a coherent set of restricted elective subjects (two of which satisfy the CI-M requirement) in addition to a capstone thesis (including a pre-thesis tutorial). With an emphasis on artistic practice, this course of study prepares students who plan either to enter the field or to pursue graduate studies in theater arts. Students should demonstrate proficiency in theater arts fundamentals, and should have some performance experience before declaring the major. Consultation with the major advisor in Theater Arts is required no later than the first term of the junior year.

 

General Institute Requirements (GIRs) (1)   
Science Requirement -  6 Subjects
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement [all but two Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Distribution subjects can be satisfied by subjects in the Departmental Program]  -  8 Subjects
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement  -  2 Subjects
Laboratory Requirement  -  1 Subject

Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree  -  17 Subjects

Communication Requirement    
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M) selected from 21M.624, 21M.732, 21M.733, 21M.735, 21M.785J, 21M.830 and 21M.THU.

PLUS Departmental Program  
  Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites,
if any (corequisites in italics).
Restricted Electives  -  126-162 Units

Theoretical Studies

At least 36 units from the following:
21M.611 Foundations of Theater Practice, 12, HASS-A;
21M.690 Sport as Performance, 12, HASS-A, CI-H;
21M.700 China on Stage, 12, HASS-A, CI-H;
21M.703J Media and Methods: Performing, 12, HASS-A;
21M.710 Script Analysis, 12, HASS-A, CI-H;
21M.711 Production Seminar, 12, HASS-A;
21M.715 Topics in Theater Arts, 12;
21M.800 All the World’s a Stage: Socio-Political Perspectives in Global Performance, 12, HASS-A;
21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies, 12, HASS-A;
21M.863 Advanced Topics in Theater Arts, 12  

Practical Studies

At least 60 units from the following:
21M.600  Introduction to Acting, 9, HASS-A;
21M.601  Drawing for Designers, 9, HASS-A;
21M.603  Introduction to Design for the Theater, 9, HASS-A;
21M.604  Playwriting I, 12, HASS-A;
21M.605  Voice and Speech for the Actor, 9, HASS-A;
21M.606  Introduction to Stagecraft, 9, HASS-A;
21M.624  Acting with the Camera, 12, HASS-A, CI-M; [Prereq: 21M.600]
21M.645  Motion Theater, 12, HASS-A;
21M.704  Music Theater Workshop, 9, HASS-A; [Prereq: 21M.600]
21M.705  The Actor and the Text, 12, HASS-A; [Prereq: 21M.600 or 21M.645]
21M.732  Costume Design, 12, HASS-A, CI-M;
21M.733  Scenic Design, 12, HASS-A, CI-M; [Prereq: 21M.603]
21M.734  Lighting Design, 12, HASS-A;
21M.735  Technical Design for Performance, 12, HASS-A, CI-M; [Prereq: 21M.606]
21M.785J Playwrights’ Workshop, 12, HASS-A, CI-M; [Prereq: 21M.604]
21M.790  Directing, 12, HASS-A; [Prereq: 21M.600, 21M.710]
21M.830  Acting: Techniques and Style, 12, HASS-A, CI-M; [Prereq: 21M.705 or 21M624]
21M.840  Performance Media, 12, HASS-A
    
Performance and Design Practica

At least 12 units from the following:
21M.803 Performance and Design Workshop, 3;
21M.806 Applied Performance and Design Production, 6;
21M.809 Performance and Design Intensive, 9;
21M.851 Independent Study in Performance and Design, Units arranged

Please note that the Performance and Design Practica course numbers have changed as of Spring 2017. If you have previously taken 21M.805, 21M.815 or 21M.854, they will still count towards your degree requirements.

Required Subjects - 18 Units

21M.THT Pre-Thesis Tutorial, 6
21M.THU Undergraduate Thesis, 12, CI-M

Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs  -  54-72 Units

Unrestricted Electives  -  90-108 Units

Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree  -  180 Units

No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student’s departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.

Notes    
(1) Only one subject used to meet the distribution element of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement may be counted toward the humanities component of these degree programs.

For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule, http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi.

The Major Advisor is Prof. Janet Sonenberg.

 

THE MINOR IN THEATER ARTS

Similar to the Major Departure, The Minor in Theater Arts is designed to give students the opportunity to engage in advanced study of Theater Arts and to experiment broadly in the making of theater. The flexibility of the minor allows students either to explore several theatrical disciplines such as playwriting, acting, directing, or design or to concentrate more deeply in one. The Minor Advisor is Charlotte Brathwaite. 

 

The Minor in Theater Arts consists of the equivalent of six subjects arranged in three tiers of study as follows:

 

Tier I Theoretical Studies

One subject from the following:

21M.611 Foundations of Theater Practice

21M.690 Sport as Performance

21M.700 China on Stage

21M.703J Media and Methods: Performing

21M.710 Script Analysis

21M.711 Production Seminar

21M.715 Topics in Theater Arts

21M.800 All the World’s a Stage: Socio-Political Perspectives in Global Performance

21M.846 Topics in Performance Studies

21M.863 Advanced Topics in Theater Arts

 

Tier II Practical Studies

Four subjects from the following:

21M.600 Introduction to Acting

21M.601 Drawing for Designers

21M.603 Introduction to Design for the Theater

21M.604 Playwriting I

21M.605 Voice and Speech for the Actor

21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft

21M.624 Acting with the Camera

21M.645 Motion Theater

21M.704 Musical Theater Workshop

21M.705 The Actor and the Text

21M.732 Costume Design for the Theater

21M.733 Scenic Design

21M.734 Lighting Design for the Theater

21M.735 Technical Design: Scenery, Mechanisms, and Special Effects

21M.785J Playwrights’ Workshop

21M.790 Directing

21M.830 Acting: Techniques and Style

21M.840 Performance Media

 

Tier III Performance and Design

Twelve units from the following subjects:

21M.803 Performance and Design Workshop

21M.806 Applied Performance and Design Production

21M.809 Performance and Design Intensive

21M.851 Independent Study in Performance and Design

Please note that the Performance and Design Practica course numbers have changed as of Spring 2017. If you have previously taken 21M.805, 21M.815 or 21M.854, they will still count towards your minor requirements.

 

THE CONCENTRATION IN THEATER ARTS

A concentration in Theater Arts is comprised of three to four 9-to-12-unit courses for a minimum of 36 credits in the Theater Arts curriculum and is designed as a broad introduction to the discipline. Up to nine units of theater practicum: acting, directing, or design in Theater Arts productions may be counted toward the concentration.

The concentration advisor is Anna Kohler. 

The undergraduate administrative assistant: Nicole Paschal, npaschal@mit.edu,