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The concentration in theater offers hands-on experience for students interested in all aspects of theater production. Made up of a series of core courses where students “learn by doing”, the concentration centers around the production of an annual live dramatic performance. Students manage almost every aspect of the dramatic production, including acting; costume design; set, prop, sound, and lighting design; stage management; and set construction. They also design, produce, distribute, and maintain publicity materials, from posters and programs to websites and media ads. Students do all of this under the guidance of highly credentialed faculty.

The curriculum centers around PERF303 and FA303, two closely linked courses offered each spring semester that form the six-credit umbrella—The Play’s the Thing—under which each year’s full dramatic productions are conceptualized, developed and mounted. The two linked courses culminate in ticketed, revenue-producing, multiple public performances in MICA’s BBOX in the spring semester, usually in mid-April.

PERF303 From Text to Performance is required of all students who enroll in The Play’s the Thing for a given year. The course is devoted to an intensive study of the script(s) for that year’s production. Students earn the second three credits in a given year in one of two linked FA303 courses—FA303 Technical Design, for those students selected for set, lighting, sound and prop design and construction, or FA303 Production for those who have been selected as actors, stage managers, costume/makeup designers and producers, and publicity/marketing designers and producers.

Requirements for the Theater Concentration

Course TitleCourse #Credits
The Play’s the Thing (year one) PERF303 3
The Play’s the Thing (year two) PERF303 3
The Play’s the Thing (year one) FA303 3
The Play’s the Thing (year two) FA303 3
Approved Studio or Academic Elective 3
Total Credits for the Theater Concentration 15


Course TitleCourse #
Writing for the Theater CWRT404
One Act Workshop CWRT406
Age of Shakespeare LIT218-IH
Contemporary Drama LIT302
Shakespeare in Performance LIT446
The Play's the Thing PERF303/FA303
Multicultural Theater PERF318-TH
Performance Poetry PERF380
Garment Design and Production I FB206
Garment Design and Production II FB208
Costume Design FB322
The Expanded Body/Performance FB330
Performance/Garment FB344
Puppets and Prosthetics IS331
Sound Installation Art IS345
Performance/Action/Event IS378
Performance/2 Directions GFA245
Moving Pictures GFA332
Projected Light VID313
Special Effects VID320
Publication Design GD312
Web Design GD340
Signs, Exhibit, Spaces GD470
Personal Interiors PT370
Storytelling and Mythmaking PT310
Landscape and Interior PT/D256
Character Design IL228
Studio Remix/Performance IL203K
Hand Letters IL254
Introduction to Scenic Design ENV226
Time and Space: Creating Theatrical Space ENV286
Scenic Design II ENV287
Models and Miniatures ENV295
Photo Journalism PH325
Social Documentary PH346