BA in Theater Arts

Students in APU’s B.A. in Theater Arts program work with advisors to focus their courses on their particular  career interests.

45 units

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts program uniquely equips students to pursue creative entrepreneurial careers in a broad range of theater arts areas including stage management, playwriting, and directing. Students can pursue elective courses in theater education, technical design, and new media. Opportunities for working side by side with industry professionals and participating in prestigious internships prepare students to thrive in theater arts careers. Students’ course and production work gives them experience and materials for creating a professional résumé and portfolio. Their final year culminates in an industry showcase where they share their work with professional directors, writers, designers, projectionists, editors, and stage managers.


Core Courses
THTR 110Introduction to Acting 13
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 Nineteenth Century 23
THTR 226History of Theater: 19th Century to the Present3
THTR 374Writing 3: Playwriting 33
THTR 423Directing3
THTR 499Capstone Project in Theater Arts 43
Select five of the following:15
Introduction to Theater 1
Script Analysis
Theatrical Sets and Properties
Theatrical Lighting and Sound
Theatrical Makeup
Theater Education, K-12
Theater for Social Change 5
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 3
Total Units45

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

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.
  5. Spiritual/Faith: Able to identify the contribution and impact of Christian faith and practice in the theatrical arts.