Department of Art, Dance, and Theatre

Chair
102 Fine Arts Building
(901) 881-7400

Faculty

Kristine Buchanan, Carolyn Byrum, Douglas Cook, David McBeth, Lane E. Last

Facilities

The Fine Arts Building, opened in 1970, is a modern and attractive facility which provides teaching and rehearsal spaces for the theatre and music programs. Facilities for theatre include a rehearsal hall, laboratory theatre, dressing rooms, costume laboratory, and scene shop as well as faculty offices. The 500-seat Harriet Fulton Performing Arts Theatre is the setting for concerts, recitals, theatrical productions, and dance performances as well as events in the visiting artists series.

The art program is housed in three spacious studios and a lecture auditorium in Gooch Hall. The Fine Arts Gallery is the location for exhibits of works by faculty, students, and guest artists.

The spacious dance studio is located in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center and features a floating wood floor along with mirrored walls and a performance stage. It is the site of student recitals as well as the fall recital of the Dance Ensemble.

Curricula

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Fine and Performing Arts

The objectives of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program are as follows:

  1. To provide an opportunity for students to pursue a quality, interdisciplinary, professional, undergraduate program in the arts.
  2. To provide, within the framework of an interdisciplinary arts program, specific concentrations for students whose primary academic interest is art, dance, graphic design, or theatre.
  3. To produce graduates who have:
    1. Primary skill and depth in art, dance, or theatre;
    2. Secondary skill in arts disciplines other than the primary area;
    3. A broad understanding of the scope of the arts and their contribution to modern society;
    4. A general education appropriate to a professional arts degree including elective studies suited to individual needs and interests.
  4. 4. To prepare those students who seek careers in the field of art education for state teaching licensure, kindergarten through grade 12.
  5. 5. To prepare students for careers and/or for graduate study in settings utilizing a multiple-arts environment (e.g., arts administration, arts management, arts journalism, etc.)
  6. 6. To enhance the arts and provide an enriched cultural environment to the campus and to the region served by the University.

The major in Fine and Performing Arts provides a Studio option and a Teaching option. The Studio option includes an emphasis in Art/Design, Dance, Graphic Design, or Theatre.

General Education (48-50 hours)

*Theatre emphasis must take Comm 220. Teaching option students take Comm 230.

**Teaching option students must take Mathematics.

Major Courses (82-84 hours)

Area of Emphasis: (Choose one)

Professional Enhancement:

Total minimum hours required : 132

Admission and Retention

Students are admitted to the B.F.A. degree only after successful audition (Dance or Theatre A.O.E.) or portfolio review (Art A.O.E.) by the appropriate faculty. Progress in the program will be monitored on an annual basis by the faculty. Only those students who make continuing and adequate progress (as defined by the faculty) in the Area of Emphasis will be allowed to continue beyond the second year.

Additional Requirements

  1. Art, art education, and graphic design A.O.E. students will present a portfolio of works during the senior level for jury by the faculty.
  2. Dance A.O.E. students are expected to participate each semester in the Dance Ensemble and to achieve upper division level skills in ballet or contemporary dance studio. The junior and senior dance recitals will be juried.
  3. Theatre A.O.E. students are expected to participate in productions of Vanguard Theatre and to achieve upper division level skill in acting.
  4. B.F.A. majors are required to participate in the enrichment opportunities which are available in the arts. These include the music, theatre, and dance performances, art exhibits, and other events presented by faculty and students as well as the fine and performing arts series presentations.

Minor in Art

The minor in Art consists of Art 210, 211, 241, and nine hours selected from: Art 242, 310, 311, 312, 331, 335, 351, 352, 420, 441, 451, 452. Total hours required: 18.

Minor in Dance

The minor in Dance consists of four hours of Dance 120 and/or 320, four hours of Dance 130 and/or 330, four hours of Dance 150 and/or 350, Dance 310, Dance 410, and two hours of Dance 240 and/or 440. Total hours required: 18. Dance minor students are also required to be performing members of the UT Martin Dance Ensemble for a minimum of two semesters.

Minor in Theatre

The minor in Theatre consists of Theatre 110, 111, 220, 221, and three hours selected from: 330, 360 or 430. Three hours selected from Theatre 380 or 390. Total hours required: 18.


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