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 helping others to process the struggles and joys of existence. Theater arts graduates challenge others to rise above the day-to-day and deal with matters of conscience, beauty, and the soul, and in the process make an impact on the very society they seek to reflect.

Gain In-depth Learning Experiences

APU theater arts majors are presented with many venues through which they can hone their skills. Students can audition for and participate in APU Theater productions. The theater department currently performs five main stage productions per year, ranking among the leaders in providing students with opportunities to practice their craft. Degree coursework culminates in a capstone project in which students produce a short film or play, write a creative or critical work, or create a reel or creative portfolio, ensuring that they graduate with tangible proof of their skills.

In addition, students often take advantage of nearby Hollywood and faculty contacts to secure entry-level theater, film, and television internship positions. 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 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.