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Southeast Missouri State University

Students interested in any of the professions associated with the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts or the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance programs must first declare a major in Theatre and Dance.  Upon completion of the declaration of major form, each student will be assigned an advisor within the department.  The declaration of major form does not constitute admission into either the BFA or BA degree program.  Students are formally admitted to the degree program after they have successfully completed 15 credit hours while enrolled as a Theatre and Dance major.

For formal admittance into the BA in Theatre and Dance degree program, each student must:

  1. have earned a minimum 2.50 GPA within the Theatre and Dance Major and a minimum overall 2.0 GPA.
  2. have earned a 'C' or better in TH/DA 105/305 Rehearsal and Production class.
  3. submit an application petitioning for admittance into the program.

For continuance in the BA degree program, each BA candidate must:

  1. earn a 'C' or better in all Theatre and Dance courses.
  2. earn a 'C' or better in all TH/DA 105/305 Rehearsal and Production classes.
  3. maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA within the Theatre and Dance major and a minimum overall 2.0 GPA.

Dismissal from the BA degree program:

  1. Any BA candidate who does not meet the requirements for continuance in the BA degree program will be placed on probation for one calendar year. If in that time, the candidate does not improve his or her grades to meet minimum BA requirements, the student will be dismissed from the BA program.
  2. Following dismissal from the BA program, the student may petition to be readmitted into the program the following academic year, assuming grades have been raised to meet minimum requirements.

For formal admittance into the BFA in Performing Arts degree program, each student must:

  1. have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA within the Theatre and Dance Major and a minimum overall 2.50 GPA.
  2. have earned a 'B' or better in TH/DA 105/305 Rehearsal and Production class.
  3. audition or present a portfolio at the BFA auditions or portfolio presentation, conducted each spring semester.
  4. demonstrate potential to succeed professionally within the selected major through the audition or presentation process which is approved by the majority of eligible participating Theatre and Dance faculty using the appropriate departmental evaluation rubric.

For continuance in the BFA degree program, each BFA Candidate must:

  1. earn a 'C' or better in all Theatre and Dance courses.
  2. earn a 'B' or better in all TH/DA 105/305 Rehearsal and Production classes.
  3. maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA within the Theatre and Dance major and a minimum overall 2.50 GPA.
  4. demonstrate excellence in the area of professional development by regular and sustained participation in the major area within the department, while continuing to pursue outside professional employment, internships, summer intensives, master classes, etc.
  5. successfully complete an annual jury which includes:
    1. participation in a principal role in a faculty-directed/choreographed Mainstage production (i.e., onstage for BFA Acting, Dance, or Musical Theatre and backstage for BFA Design).
      NOTE: If a BFA Candidate in Acting, Dance, or Musical Theatre is not cast in any spring Mainstage production, the student must participate in:
      1. Spring Showcase, in conjunction with Directing II (no longer than 8 minutes if not directed by a Directing II student); OR
      2. Last Chance to Dance Informal Concert (no longer than 8 minutes)
    2. an oral review with faculty from major area and a presentation of appropriate printed or electronic materials (i.e., headshot and resume for BFA Acting and Musical Theatre, full-body shot and resume for BFA Dance, and a resume and portfolio for BFA Design).

Dismissal from the BFA degree program:
Any BFA candidate who does not meet the requirements for continuance in the BFA degree program will be placed on probation for one calendar year.  If in that time, the candidate does not improve his or her grades to meet minimum BFA requirements, the student will be dismissed from the BFA program. (NOTE: BFA Candidates will be allowed probation no more than one time.)

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