Fall 2011 Calendar | Theatre |

Theatre Honours Program with Production and Design Stream

School for the Contemporary Arts | Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
Simon Fraser University Calendar 2011 Fall

Theatre students may choose a performance stream or a production and design stream. Both lead to a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in theatre.

The performance stream emphasizes the development of the theatre artist. The studio courses are supplemented by courses in dramatic literature, theatre history, playmaking, and technical theatre. Courses chosen from disciplines outside theatre give the program an interdisciplinary component. Students are encouraged to participate in productions and to develop their own scripts and performance pieces.

The production and design stream provides a path for students who wish to study theatre, but prefer production and design aspects of the discipline.

Students whose interest in theatre is primarily historical, critical or theoretical are directed to the art and culture studies major program, leading to a bachelor of arts.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most FPA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study. Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is, or includes, ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Students complete 132 units, as specified below.

Production and Design Stream

Lower Division Requirements

Entry to FPA 270 and/or 271 and to the major in theatre (production and design stream) is by interview, usually scheduled for early spring and late summer. Contact the general office to make an appointment.

Students who wish to enrol in the theatre production and design stream normally complete FPA 170, 171 and 150, and are advised to complete other courses required for the major prior to interviewing for entry into the program.

Students complete a minimum total of 39 units, including all of

  • FPA 111 Issues in Fine and Performing Arts (3)
  • FPA 147 Introduction to Electroacoustic Music (3)
  • FPA 150 Introduction to Acting I (3)
  • FPA 170 Introduction to Production Technology (3)
  • FPA 171 Introduction to Stage and Production Management (3)
  • FPA 257 Context of Theatre I (3)
  • FPA 270 Production Ensemble I (3)
  • FPA 271 Production Ensemble II (3)
  • FPA 272 Production Practicum I (3)
  • FPA 273 Production Practicum II (3)

and one of

  • FPA 120 Introduction to Contemporary Popular Dance Forms (3)
  • FPA 124 Dance Improvisation (3)
  • FPA 129 Movement Fundamentals (3)
  • FPA 226 Dancing in Cyberspace (3)

and one of

  • FPA 160 Introductory Studio in Visual Art I (3)
  • FPA 161 Introductory Studio in Visual Art II (3)
  • FPA 268 Methods and Concepts: Spatial Presentation (3)

and three units of any lower division FPA studio course outside of Theatre.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 45 units, including all of

  • FPA 357 Context of Theatre II (3)
  • FPA 370 Production Ensemble III (3)
  • FPA 371 Production Ensemble IV (3)
  • FPA 374 Stage Lighting (3)
  • FPA 375 Stage Design (3)
  • FPA 453 Theory and Practice of Directing (4)

and a minimum of nine units of Production and Design practicum from

  • FPA 372 Production Practicum III (3)
  • FPA 373 Production Practicum IV (3)
  • FPA 472 Production Practicum V (3)
  • FPA 473 Production Practicum VI (6)

and one of

  • FPA 325 Special Project in Dance Composition (3)
  • FPA 352 Playmaking III + (3)
  • FPA 353 Playmaking IV + (4)
  • FPA 450 Advanced Studio Skills + (4)
  • FPA 453 Theory and Practice of Directing (4)
  • FPA 457 Context of Theatre III (4)
  • FPA 470 Production Ensemble V (3)
  • FPA 471 Production Ensemble VI (3)
  • FPA 489 Interdisciplinary Project in FPA + (5)

+ may not be completed than once for credit

and 12 units of upper division FPA courses which may be drawn from any of the above or from other available FPA offerings. At least three of these units must be from an FPA theory or history course outside of Theatre.

and the remaining two required units chosen from the following courses (placement in courses is based on prerequisites and/or permission of the instructor)

  • FPA 305 Explorations in Contemporary Arts I (3)
  • FPA 308 Contemporary Arts Field School I (Theory/History) (4)
  • FPA 309 Contemporary Arts Field School II (Studio) (4)
  • FPA 310 Interdisciplinary Methods in Art and Culture Studies (4)
  • FPA 312 Selected Topics in Art and Culture Studies (3)
  • FPA 314 Readings in the History of Art and Culture (3)
  • FPA 317 Introduction to Performance Studies (4)
  • FPA 319W Critical Writing in the Arts (3)
  • FPA 323 Ballet II (3)
  • FPA 325 Special Project in Dance Composition + (3)
  • FPA 341 World Music (3)
  • FPA 347 Electroacoustic Music II (4)
  • FPA 348 Conducting II (3)
  • FPA 352 Playmaking III + (3)
  • FPA 353 Playmaking IV + (4)
  • FPA 362 Methods and Concepts: Drawing-based Practices (3)
  • FPA 363 Methods and Concepts: Painting Practices (3)
  • FPA 364 Methods and Concepts: Sculptural Practices (3)
  • FPA 365 Methods and Concepts: Photo-based Practices (3)
  • FPA 368 Methods and Concepts: Spatial Presentation (3)
  • FPA 389 Selected Topics in the Fine and Performing Arts II (3)
  • FPA 400 Directed Studies (Studio) (3)
  • FPA 401 Directed Studies (Theory/History) (3)
  • FPA 402 Directed Studies (Studio) (4)
  • FPA 403 Directed Studies (Theory/History) (4)
  • FPA 404 Directed Studies (Studio) (5)
  • FPA 405 Explorations in Contemporary Arts II (5)
  • FPA 408 Contemporary Arts Field School III (Theory/History) (4)
  • FPA 409 Contemporary Arts Field School IV (Studio) (4)
  • FPA 411 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Contemporary Arts (3)
  • FPA 412 Advanced Seminar in Art and Culture Studies (4)
  • FPA 414 Advanced Topic in the History of Art and Culture (3)
  • FPA 416 Practices in Art and Culture (3)
  • FPA 420 Contemporary Dance VII (4)
  • FPA 421 Contemporary Dance VIII (4)
  • FPA 425 Intensive Studies in Performance (4)
  • FPA 426 Dance/Movement Analysis (3)
  • FPA 445 Music Composition V (4)
  • FPA 447 Computer Music Composition (4)
  • FPA 450 Advanced Studio Skills + (4)
  • FPA 457 Context of Theatre III (4)
  • FPA 472 Production Practicum V + (3)
  • FPA 473 Production Practicum VI + (6)
  • FPA 485 Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Contemporary Arts (5)
  • FPA 489 Interdisciplinary Project in FPA + (5)
  • or film studies-related courses outside the School for the Contemporary Arts, taken with area approval

+ may not be completed than once for credit

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements
A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit.
W - Writing
Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative
Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth
Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci
Additional Breadth

6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)
Additional breadth units must be from outside the student's major and may be B-designated (B-Hum, B-Soc, B-Sci courses). Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honors, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.


Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

The University’s residency requirement stipulates that, in most cases, total transfer and course challenge credit may not exceed 60 units, and may not include more than 15 units as upper division work.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.

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