Theatre Administration, B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Administration is designed to prepare students for success in the professional theatre industry.  By combining conservatory-style training with a strong liberal arts education, our students explore, develop, and hone their craft to become well-rounded artists with valuable skill sets that will prepare them for professional success.

Plan of Study

Core Learning Goals

Our core learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season.

  • Technique
  • Analysis
  • Professionalism
  • Collaboration
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During their four years students will practice strategic planning, marketing, accounting, managing, and public relations through real-world work assignments in the following areas:

  • Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, a student-managed business venture
  • The promotion and operation of the production season for the Department of Theatre and Dance
  • The sales and public relations areas of Kirkland Fine Arts Center
  • Student-run business ventures such as First Step Records and Blue Connection
  • The Decatur Area Arts Council
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Mainstage Season

Millikin’s mainstage season provides students with many opportunities to practice their craft in a production setting.  A typical season will include:

  • 2 musicals
  • 2 plays
  • 1 dance concert
  • In alternating seasons an opera co-produced with the School of Music or a 3rd play
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Hands-on Learning

Combining core theatre courses, entrepreneurship courses in the Tabor School of Business, and hands-on experience, the BFA in Theatre Administration delivers performance learning that prepares students for a number of career options in the performing arts including:

  • Managing Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Administrative Director
  • Arts advocacy
  • Arts leadership
  • Arts entrepreneurship
  • Producing
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The Millikin Difference

The small school environment at Millikin University offers students many advantages including:

  • Individualized attention
  • Studio classes capped at 16
  • Annual progress evaluations
  • Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations
  • Interactions with students from other disciplines
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Why Choose Millikin?

There are a number of things that help set Milllikin apart from other schools:

  • Small school environment
  • First-rate faculty
  • National reputation
  • Individualized attention
  • Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations
  • Senior professional development experience (showcase)
  • Master classes with working professionals
  • Study abroad in our London Semester
  • Shakespeare Corrected
  • New Musicals Initiative

Theatre Administration, B.F.A. Required Courses

The BFA in Theatre: Theatre Administration Concentration requires 124 total credits to graduate, 77 of which must be in the major. In addition to completing Theatre Core and University Studies requirements, students must also complete the following:

Support Courses (13 credits)

  • TH135. Elements and Principles of Design (3)
  • TH323. Arts Management (3)
  • Design and Production courses: (choose 1 from) (3)
    • TH151. Fundamentals of Lighting
    • TH220. Sound for Theatre
    • MC104. Intro to Recording Studio
  • Intro to Music/Visual Culture (choose 1 from): (3)
    • MH100. Understanding Classical Music
    • MH101. Understanding Jazz Music
    • MH110. Understanding World Music
  • Dance technique/appreciation (1)

Additional Requirements (44 credits)

  • BU250. Written Business Communication (3)
  • AC210. Principles of Accounting (3)
  • CO251. Intro to Public Relations (3)
  • ET260. Create, Lead, & Own You (1)
  • MK-Marketing Course at the 300 level or above (3)
  • MG300. People & Performance (3)
  • ET340. Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3)
  • ET380. The Art of Entrepreneurship (3)
  • TH101. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH201. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH301. Theatre Practicum (1)
  • TH336. History of Theatre and Drama II (3)
  • Dramatic Literature/Theory/Criticism (6 credits)
  • Theatre Electives (10 credits)

Theatre Administration Projects/Internships (5 credits)

  • Choose (3) credits from the following:
    • TH470. Theatre Internships (1-3)
    • TH390. Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (1-3)