TAI Transfer Guide

The Theatre and Interpretation major is a comprehensive program that is focused on the undergraduate student. All required courses in the TAI major are taught by TAI faculty and staff. Although students may select from a variety of emphases with the major, all students are required to take the same core courses. The courses provide both breadth and depth, and are designed to introduce the student to the various areas of theory and practice in Theatre and Interpretation. Classes invite faculty-student interaction as they encourage students to engage in intellectual artistic growth. Classes offered are both creative and rigorous. Students choose (in consultation with an academic advisor) 12 hours from one of the emphasis areas: Acting, Design/Technology, Interpretation, and Generalist.

Students wishing a broad but in-depth background in all areas of theatre and who have strong secondary interests in another (or related) field of study may wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. This program allows students to pursue both a TAI Major as well as a formal Minor in another discipline.

The BA/BS major in TAI requires 43 semester hours in TAI courses including a common Core of 31 semester hours taken by all TAI majors and a 12 semester hour Emphasis.

Required Core:
TAI 170 Fundamentals of Interpretive Reading (3)
TAI 177 Stagecraft and Stage Lighting (4)
TAI 182 Acting I (3)
TAI 278 Stage Makeup (3)
TAI 3__ Studio (1)*
TAI 3__ Studio (1)*
TAI 3__ Studio (1)*
TAI 481 Directing (3)
TAI 499 Senior Capstone (3)
TAI 574 History of Drama and Theatre I (3)
TAI 575 History of Drama and Theatre II (3)
TAI 580 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3)

*Studio courses must be taken in three different areas.

Emphasis Areas:

Choice of Emphasis and courses to meet Emphasis requirements are made in consultation with an academic advisor in the Theatre, Interpretation, and Dance Area.

In addition to the required courses, participation in theatre and interpretation productions is an integral part of the students’ training. The University Theatre production program provides ample opportunities to participate in a variety of theatre and interpretation presentations, which are directed and designed by TAI faculty and staff. Advanced design/technical production students have opportunities to design scenery, costumes and lighting for University Theatre productions. In the Studio Theatre students have the opportunity to practice what has been learned in the classroom by directing, designing, performing, and working in other capacities with faculty on small-scale productions. The CMU Summer Theatre presents a season of three plays using a company of students working with faculty directors and designers. Students are involved in all areas of production: construction, performance, lighting, props, etc.

No more than15 transfer hours will be accepted toward the completion of any Theatre and Interpretation major. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to take only courses comparable to the 100 and 200 level courses listed above (TAI 170 Fundamentals of Interpretive Reading; TAI 177 Stagecraft and Lighting; TAI 182 Acting I; TAI 278 Stage Makeup).