North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

Degree offered: B.A.

Theatre Major
A. Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). Practicum credit is given to students participating in any of our departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show 2) Working on a show in a production assignment or crew position 3) Taking on a managerial role within the production (producer, assistant director, stage manager, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in the term.

B. Core Requirements. 18 credit hours:

THE 100 Script Analysis
THE 180 Techniques of Production
THE 101 Introduction to Acting or
THE 182 Fundamentals of Acting
THE 270 Directing
THE 359 Theatre History and Literature I
THE 361 Theatre History and Literature II

C. Nine additional hours of theatre. ENG 401 Seminar in Drama will apply toward this requirement.

Musical Theatre Major
A. Six terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). Practicum credit is given to students participating in any of our departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show 2) Working on a show in a production assignment or crew position 3) Taking on a managerial role within the production (producer, assistant director, stage manager, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in the term.

B. Core Requirements: 15 credit hours from:

THE 100 Script Analysis
THE 180 Techniques of Production
THE 101 Introduction to Acting or
THE 182 Fundamentals of Acting
THE 270 Directing
THE 359 Theatre History and Literature I
THE 361 Theatre History and Literature II

C. Musical Theatre majors must achieve at least a C- in MUS 101 and MUS 108 and at least a B- in MUS 211 and 221. Students with a strong music background are strongly encouraged to either minor or double major in music.

THE 145 Musical Theatre Dance I
THE 245 Musical Theatre Dance II
THE 246 Jazz Dance (0.00 or 1.50 hours)
THE 248 Tap Dance (0.00 or 1.50 hours)
THE 252 Ballet (0.00 or 1.50 hours)
THE 254 Choreography
THE 265 American Musical Theatre
THE 282 Contemporary Acting Styles
THE 350 Advanced Performance Styles/Musical Theatre
THE 355 Business of Theatre
THE 450 Senior Musical
One additional course from: ENG 401, THE 240, or any 300-level
or higher theatre course or English drama course
MUS 101 Music Theory I
MUS 108 Aural Harmony I
MUS 211 Piano (three terms)
MUS 221 Voice (six terms)
MUS 329 Vocal Pedagogy and Techniques
Two additional music courses from: MUS 102, MUS 109, MUS
201, MUS 208, MUS 205, MUS 250, MUS 251, MUS 328

Theatre Minor
A minimum of 18 hours, including:

A. Three terms of Theatre Practicum (THE 115, THE 116, THE 207, and/or THE 208). Practicum credit is given to students participating in any of our departmental productions. Students may get credit for: 1) Being in a show 2) Working on a show in a production assignment or crew position 3) Taking on a managerial role within the production (producer, assistant director, stage manager, dramaturg). Practicum courses may be taken for credit or no credit, and a maximum of six hours may count towards the 120 hours required for graduation. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in the term.

B. 12 credit hours selected from: THE 100, THE 180, THE 101 or 182, THE
359 or 361

C. Six credit hours from any theatre courses, including non-departmental drama courses such as ENG 401. A maximum of three credit hours of dance may count towards the theatre minor.

Dance Minor
A minimum of 19 credit hours, including the completion of a senior recital covering at least two styles of dance. Students must take each of the courses for credit once; optional repetition of technique courses may be taken for no credit.

THE 145 Musical Theatre Dance I
THE 245 Musical Theatre Dance II
THE 246 Jazz Dance (0.00-1.50)
THE 248 Tap Dance (0.00-1.50)
THE 252 Ballet (0.00-1.50)
THE 254 Choreography
THE 257 Dance History
PHL 220 Aesthetics
THE 399 Independent Study (advanced study in dance) -or-
THE 352 Advanced Ballet

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Deborah Palmes
Professor of Theatre
Chairperson of the Division of Arts and Letters

During D-Term, Deborah Palms devotes 13 hours a day over three weeks to teaching, rehearsing, befriending and encouraging students immersed in an intensive theatre production. The end result: a show that impresses audiences, new friendships and an engaging experience. “I tell my students to never lose sight of their dreams. They may take a lifetime to unfold but at North Central College, we’ll teach you to develop the good work ethics and artistic discipline to achieve them.”

Course Highlight:
Acting on Camera
explores the acting methods and camera techniques used for commercial, industrial, film, and television.

You'll work in front and behind the camera, utilizing actual copy from popular shows, commercials, and movies and watch you work played back. Students leave the class audition ready. Just listen to how the Acting on Camera Course prepared Lauren Omelson for commercial work immediately following graduation.

New in 2012-2013, three new technical theatre courses:

  • Stagecraft
  • Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • Period Styles