First-Year Planning

Given the rigorous nature of the theater major, it is important for students to plan their academic schedules carefully and as early as possible. Students should follow the recommendations listed under the major requirements and under the appropriate concentration. Further, whenever possible, an appropriate faculty member should be consulted for assistance.

Students should take careful note of all prerequisites required for courses as well as the frequency with which courses are offered (not all courses are offered every semester or even every year).

Since Introduction to theater (TH 103) is a prerequisite for most theater courses, it is vital that students considering a theater major take this course during the first year of study. This should be a first choice when registering for the fall semester. Students unable to register for TH 103 during the fall semester of the first year will be given every consideration when registering for this course the following spring. There are a number of other theater courses open to first year students. Some of these are courses which are required for the major or a concentration.

The first year should be a balance of theater courses (both theory and studio), experiential work in the theater (through theater Company or Production Seminar), college-wide requirements, and electives. First year planning is also a function of student interests and the levels of performance on the writing and quantitative reasoning exams.

Students are urged to complete all-college requirements as early as possible in the college career. The senior year s best spent concentrating on advanced course work and production work in the theater.

The following theater courses should be completed before the end of the sophomore year:

  • All Majors: TH 103, TH 129, TH 130, TH 229, TH 230
  • Acting Concentration: TH 101, TH 102, TH 104, TH 198, TH211
  • Directing Concentration: TH 104, TH 231
  • Design/Tech Concentration: TH 216, TH228

Fall Courses Available to First-year Students

TH 101 Voice and Speech in the Theater 2 Acting Requirement
TH 103 Introduction to Theater 4 Major Requirement
TH 198 Movement for the Theater 2 Acting Requirement
TH 229 Theater and Culture I 3 Major Requirement
TH 235 Skidmore Theater Company 1 Major Requirement
TH 250 Production Seminar (requires permission of the instructor) 1, 2, 3 or 4 Major Requirement


Spring Courses Available to First-year Students

TH 211 Voice for the Actor 2 Acting Requirement
TH 104 Introduction to Acting 3 Acting Requirement
TH 198 Movement for the Theater 2 Acting Requirement
TH 230 Theater and Culture II 3 Major Requirement
TH 235 Skidmore Theater Company 1 Major Requirement
TH 250 Production Seminar (requires permission of the instructor) 1, 2, 3 or 4 Major Requirement
TH 129 Theater Production 2 Major Requirement
TH 130 Introduction to Design 2 Major Requirement

STUDENTS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO CONSIDER TAKING A DRAMATIC LITERATURE CLASS, PERHAPS IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT.


EXAMPLE
An example of a first year acting student schedule might be:

FALL SEMESTER
TH 103 Introduction to Theater 4
TH 235 The Skidmore Theater Company 1
First Year Seminar 4
EN 105 Writing Seminar II 4
Breadth Requirement: Refer to catalogue 1-4
TOTAL: 14 - 17

 

SPRING SEMESTER
TH 104 Introduction to Acting 3
or
TH 129 Design and Production 3
TH 230 Theater and Culture II 3
TH 235 The Skidmore Theater Company 1
and, either
TH 102 Voice and Speech for the theater 2
or
TH 198 Movement for the theater 2
or
TH 250 Production Seminar 3
Elective 3-4
TOTAL: 15 - 18