About the Program

Why This Major Is Relevant

We live in an increasingly diverse, polarized, and complex society. Our lives are constantly touched and challenged by the issues that arise from this complexity — issues like poverty, globalization, and war. Theater artists play a critical role in examining the human condition, and deal with matters of conscience, beauty, and the soul to illuminate not only our problems, but also our possibilities. The B.A. in Theater Arts program graduates students concerned with impacting society, shaping culture, and revealing the human condition in a variety of settings.

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Gain In-depth Learning Experiences

APU theater arts majors are presented with many venues through which they can hone their skills in theater design and technology, stage management and production, playwriting, directing, and community development and education. The theater department produces four main stage productions per year, ranking among the leaders in providing students with opportunities to practice their craft. In addition, students can participate in ongoing projects such as the Fringe Festival, Azusa Renaissance, and the 24-hour playwriting festival. Theater Arts students may also take advantage of study abroad opportunities, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Degree coursework culminates in a capstone project, ensuring students graduate with tangible proof of their skills.

In addition, students often take advantage of internships. These opportunities provide theater arts majors with hands-on learning, ensuring that they graduate with experience on their résumés and contacts in the field.

Theater Arts Learning Outcomes

  • Artistry – Integrate the technique and skills needed to become a transformational artist; acquire a creative and critical voice
  • Technical Practice – Demonstrate proficiency in the use of lighting, sound, or scenic design
  • Knowledge/Analysis – Describe the development of theater as an art form and the role it has played historically and in contemporary culture; apply analytical approaches to drama
  • Professional Development – Prepare for professional protocol and understanding of current styles
  • Spiritual/Faith – Identify the contribution and impact of Christian faith and practice in the arts
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.