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Theatre Production: Professional Actors Training Program Emphasis

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The major emphasizes the collaborative process of theatre, providing intensive training in acting, voice and movement, dance and stage combat. Admission to upper-division course work is granted only to students who show strong promise for a career in theatre.

Major Details

College: College of Fine Arts
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
TAR 111 Stagecraft 3
TAR 113 Stagecraft Crew 1
TAR 145 Principles of Dramatic Structure 3
TAR 149 Acting I 3
TAR 197A Introduction to Voice & Movement I 1
TAR 497F Performance 1
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 105/112/PHIL 110 3
2nd Semester
TAR 116 Stage Costume Construction 3
TAR 118 Stage Costume Crew 1
TAR 151 Acting II 3
TAR 197B Intro to Voice & Movement II 1
TAR 497F Performance 1
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
TAR 203 Voice & Movement I 2
TAR 250 Acting III 3
TAR 430 Stage Management 3
TAR 497F Performance 1
Dance Elective 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
TAR 204 Voice & Movement II 2
TAR 251 Acting IV 3
TAR 497F Performance 1
Dramatic Literature Course 3
Dance Elective 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
TAR 305 Voice & Movement III 2
TAR 402A Combat for the Stage 2
TAR 449 Acting V 3
TAR 497F Performance 1
Theatre History Course 3
Music Elective 2
Tier I General Education 3
6th Semester
TAR 306 Voice & Movement IV 2
TAR 451 Acting VI 3
TAR 497F Performance 1
Theatre History Course 3
Dramatic Literature Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
TAR 452 Acting VII 3
TAR 497F Performance 1
Theatre History Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
TAR 400 Survey of Directing 3
TAR 475 Screen Acting Techniques 3
TAR 497F Performance 1
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
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Career Planning

The knowledge of performance, human behavior, dramaturgy, and culture gained from a major in the Theatre Production in the Professional Actor Training Program forms a valuable foundation for a variety of careers. Graduates of the program can pursue careers in stage, screen, and radio acting; directing and producing; teaching; music and art direction; and talent management.Theatre Production, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. The career fields most closely related to this major are competitive. Many individuals who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in this major establish paying careers in other fields.

Potential Career Areas

  • Theatre/performing arts
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Teaching
  • Educational theatre/advocacy
  • Advertising
  • Talent management

Sample Employers

  • Community productions/theatre groups
  • Casinos
  • Theme parks
  • Cruise ships
  • Colleges and universities
  • Elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Libraries
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Talent agencies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Actor/Performer $20,404 - $34,507
Stunt Performer $39,914 - $53,997
Screenwriter $15,000 - $53,070
Talent Agent/Manager $25,400 - $63,100
Producer/Director $32,100 - $68,400
Music Director $21,700 - $46,000
Art Director $42,800 - $80,600
Theatre Teacher $38,500 - $50,000