Mission Statement, Goals & Student Learning Outcomes
The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse endeavors to provide students with the tools necessary to function as complete artists and self-realized individuals, combining theatrical training with a strong liberal arts curriculum. A combination of classroom training and realized production work allows for a well rounded college experience with an emphasis on the collaborative and creative process.
In order to achieve these goals, the program is designed to prepare students to:
- Effectively practice the theatre arts by being involved in the creation and presentation of the public performances in the theatre.
- Develop visual and aural perceptions related to theatre performance.
- Develop a structured approach to interpretation of language in dramatic texts.
- Understand basic production processes such as acting, directing, scenic, costume, and lighting design, management, and technical operations related to production.
- Become familiar with and develop competence in a number of theatrical techniques.
- Become familiar with the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, actors, directors, and designers.
- Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about theatre and related arts.
- Develop inter-cultural and multi-cultural understanding, as well as perception of the universal and timeless human conflicts presented in dramatic works.
- Develop the creative thinking necessary for concrete expression.
- Make assessments of quality in theatrical works that are informed by open-mindedness to differing viewpoints and alternate goals.
- Develop the discipline, cooperation, accountability, and perseverance necessary for positive self-identification and success in life.
- Develop an appreciation for a broad liberal arts education.
Student Learning Outcomes
The study of theatre combines the knowledge and skills required of a performer, creator, teacher, theorists, and historian. Undergraduate studies in theatre should prepare students for a variety of collaborative artistic roles.
Theatre students should:
- be involved in the creation and presentation of public performances in theatre.
- develop visual and aural perceptions related to theatre performance.
- develop intellectual skills needed to analyze play scripts and other dramatic texts.
- understand basic production processes such as acting, directing, scenic, costume, make-up, lighting and sound design, stage and theatre management, technical direction and operations related to productions.
- become familiar with and develop competence in a number of theatrical techniques.
- become familiar with the historical and cultural dimensions of theatre, including the works of leading playwrights, directors, actors, designers, historians and theorists both past and present.
- understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about theatre and related arts.
- make informed assessments of quality works of theatre.