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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE THEATRE STUDIES MAJOR IN THE
THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



Dean Robert Freeman of the College of Fine Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art in the College of Fine Arts of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on April 8, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on October 19, 2005, and submitted the changes to the secretary on October 21, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on January 19, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on January 23, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on February 20, 2006, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on March 3, 2006.

<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 24, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE THEATRE STUDIES MAJOR IN THE
THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



On page 218, under the heading DEGREES, in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS section in the College of Fine Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


THEATRE STUDIES MAJOR

The major in theatre studies is a preprofessional academic program recommended for students seeking teacher certification in theatre arts or considering careers in areas such as drama and theatre for youth, theatre arts programming, community and regional theatre, recreational theatre, and drama for special populations such as the elderly or those with physical or mental disabilities.

1. Basic education requirements: At least thirty-nine semester hours as described on page 216.

2. Theatre and dance: Fifty-one semester hours, consisting of
A. Theatre and dance core: Theatre and Dance 311, 313C, 314C, 314P (two semesters), 317C, 317D, and 351S.

B. Theatre studies emphasis
1. Acting and directing: Theatre and Dance 313D and 323C.
2. Design and technical production: Theatre and Dance 314M and nine semester hours chosen [with the approval of the theatre studies adviser from Theatre and Dance 324 and topics of Theatre and Dance 354T] from Theatre and Dance 324 and topics of Theatre and Dance 354T. These nine hours must include one course in each of the following three areas: costume, lighting, and scene.
3. Theatre studies: Theatre and Dance 326C, 326D, and 326E.


3. [One of the following three options; students pursuing teacher certification must choose option C:
A. A minor area of study outside the Department of Theatre and Dance, consisting of fifteen semester hours of coursework approved by the theatre studies adviser.

B. Three semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 313E, 323D, 123P, 223P, 323P, 353T, and 356T; and nine semester hours of coursework in theatre and dance approved by the theatre studies adviser.]

[C.] Three semester hours chosen from Theatre and Dance 313E, 323D, 123P, 223P, 323P, 353T, and 356T; Theatre and Dance 351T (Topic: Creative Drama II); and six additional semester hours of coursework in theatre and dance [approved by the theatre studies adviser].


4. Approved electives: Twenty-seven semester hours of coursework approved by the theatre studies adviser. [Electives to be approved by the theatre studies adviser. For students pursuing teacher certification, the approved electives must include courses to be counted toward the professional development requirements and other current certification requirements.
A. For students who choose option A: Twenty-four semester hours.

B. For students who choose option B or C: Twenty-seven hours.]


Total requirements for the degree: 129 semester hours as outlined above.



RATIONALE:

There are three options currently available to students in the BFA Theatre Studies program.  The first two options (A & B) provide for secondary certifications.  The third option (C) offers the curriculum necessary to provide students with an “All-level” teaching certification (Pre-K-12).

In the future, the state of Texas will only be offering an all-level (Pre-K-12) teaching certification option.

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Secondary certification will no longer be available. As a result, the Theatre Studies faculty is requesting that we remove options A & B from the Theatre Studies major program. This change also aligns the Theatre Studies degree with the Visual Arts Studies and the Music Studies degrees.