B.A. in Theater Arts

APU’s theater arts major offers a broad range of courses that focus on education, design and technical production, directing, playwriting, drama ministry, and theater for social change.

45 units

The B.A. in Theater Arts is a general degree program that allows students to work with an advisor to focus their courses on their particular interests. Senior students must complete a capstone project, and in their junior year must submit a proposal for it that is developed in mandatory advising sessions with faculty members.


Core Courses
THTR 110Introduction to Acting3
THTR 210Fundamentals of Stagecraft3
THTR 217Technical Theater Practicum (must be taken twice)1
THTR 218Production Crew (must be taken four times)1
THTR 224Introduction to Stage Management3
THTR 225History of Theater to the 19th Century 13
THTR 226History of Theater: 19th Century to the Present3
THTR 374Writing 3: Playwriting 23
THTR 423Directing3
THTR 499Capstone Project in Theater Arts3
Select five of the following:15
Introduction to Theater 3
Script Analysis
Theatrical Sets and Properties
Theatrical Lighting and Sound
Theatrical Makeup
Theater Education, K-12
Theater for Social Change 4
Advanced Directing
Acting Styles and Techniques
Musical Theater Workshop
Theater and the Church
Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Special Topics
Writing 3: Ethics in Theater, Film, and Television 2
Total Units45

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Artistry: Able to integrate the technique and skills needed to become an interdisciplinary theater artist.
  2. Professional Development: Apply professional production techniques.
  3. Knowledge: Able to evaluate the historical development of theater as an art form.
  4. Analysis: Apply analytical approaches to drama; apply critical thinking skills.
  5. Spiritual/Faith: Able to identify the contribution and impact of Christian faith and practice in the theatrical arts.