North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

Mission Statement
The department of Theatre is a community of artist/scholar/citizens dedicated to provoking and sustaining interest in theatre as a source of insight into the human condition, through both skills and inquiry-based learning in our classrooms and public performances on our stages.

The Theatre program at North Central College is designed to engage students in the wide array of theory, technique, scholarship, and aesthetics that constitute the theatre arts. The programs serves: 1) majors and minors preparing for careers in theatre and allied careers where knowledge of theatre production is required; 2) students who take academic courses to meet general education requirements or who find courses in theatre, musical theatre, and dance to be attractive components of a liberal arts education; and 3) those who participate in campus musical and non-musical productions as a way of enriching their lives.

The department offers a broad spectrum of courses in acting, dance, design, direction, music, and production. The co-curricular program, supervised by the faculty, offers students opportunities for creative expression and skills practice through both the fully mounted mainstage season and several student-directed productions.

Degree offered: B.A.

Musical Theatre, B.A.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

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 a term.

Core Requirements (21 credit hours):

  • THE 180 - Stagecraft
  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting
  • THE 250 - Acting for the Musical Stage
  • THE 265 - American Musical Theatre
  • THE 270 - Directing
  • THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I  --or--
  • THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II
  • THE 450 - Senior Musical

Theatre/Dance Courses:

Theatre:
Six additional credit hours from the following four courses:

  • THE 240 - Voice and Movement
  • THE 282 - Contemporary Acting Styles
  • THE 350 - Advanced Performance Styles/Musical Theatre
  • THE 355 - Business of Theatre

Dance:

  • 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

12 Terms of Voice Lessons:

  • THE 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

Music Courses:

Music Theory:

  • MUS 101 - Music Theory I
  • MUS 108 - Aural Skills I

Two additional music courses from:

  • MUS 102 - Music Theory II
  • MUS 109 - Aural Skills II
  • MUS 201 - Music Theory III
  • MUS 208 - Aural Skills III
  • MUS 205 - Opera Workshop
  • MUS 258 - Introduction to Musical Styles and Ideas
  • MUS 328 - Diction for Singers

3 Terms of Piano Lessons:

  • MUS 211 - Piano Lessons

Note: Students with a strong music background are strongly encouraged to either minor or double major in music.

Theatre, B.A.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

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 a term.

Core Requirements (18 credit hours):

  • THE 100 - Script Analysis
  • THE 180 - Stagecraft
  • 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

Additional Requirements:

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

Theatrical Design and Technology, B.A.

Theatre Practicum Requirement

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 a term.

Core Requirements (18 credit hours):

  • THE 100 - Script Analysis
  • THE 180 - Stagecraft
  • THE 185 - Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
  • THE 101 - Introduction to Acting  --or--
  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting
  • THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I
  • THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

Two Design Courses chosen from:

  • THE 255 - Theatrical Makeup
  • THE 280 - Stage Lighting
  • THE 285 - Costume Design
  • THE 290 - Scenic Design

Nine additional credit hours chosen from:

  • THE 190 - Stage Management
  • THE 365 - Design Skills - Drafting, Model Making and Rendering
  • THE 460 - Collaboration
  • ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design
  • ART 109 - Image Processing
  • ART 225 - Figure Drawing I

Dance Minor
A minimum of 21 credit hours, including:

Theatre Practicum Requirement:

Three terms of Theatre Practicum in musical theatre, dance or choreography (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 as a dancer 2) Working on a show in a production assignment having to do with dance. Examples include: Choreographer, Assistant Choreographer or Dance Captain. 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 minor.

Core Requirements (12 credit hours):

  • THE 145 - Musical Theatre Dance I
  • THE 245 - Musical Theatre Dance II
  • THE 246 - Jazz Dance
  • THE 248 - Tap Dance
  • THE 252 - Ballet

Six credit hours from the following courses:

  • THE 247 - Contemporary Modern Dance
  • THE 254 - Choreography
  • THE 346 - Advanced Jazz Dance
  • THE 348 - Advanced Tap Dance
  • THE 352 - Advanced Ballet
  • THE 399 - Independent Study

Theatre Minor
A minimum of 18 hours, including:

Theatre Practicum Requirement:
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 minor. Students are expected to take these courses for credit unless they will exceed 12 hours in the term.

12 credit hours selected from:

  • THE 100 - Script Analysis
  • THE 180 - Stagecraft
  • THE 101 - Introduction to Acting  --or--
  • THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting
  • THE 359 - Theatre History and Literature I  --or--
  • THE 361 - Theatre History and Literature II

Additional Requirements:

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 theate minor.