B.A. Theatre Studies Internal Transfer Guideline
The Department of Theatre Arts has developed the following guidelines for current Ithaca College students interested in either transferring into the B.A. theatre studies program or adding this degree as a double-major. The guidelines are intended to help both students and the department determine whether the B.A. theatre studies program is the appropriate course of study for interested students.
Internal Transfer Policy
In order to be considered for the B.A. theatre studies degree, students must complete the following requirements:
- Students must be in at least their second semester.
- Students must be currently taking or have completed the following courses required for the degree:
• Intro to Theatre (THEA 10000) 3 credits
• Stagecraft (THEA 10100) 2 credits
• Tech Theatre Practicum (THEA 10200) 1 credit
- Students must produce evidence of a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0
- Students must contact the Department of Theatre Arts to schedule an interview, after completing the above requirements. Interviews are held on five Saturdays throughout the academic year.
- Students must submit a theatrical resume and an essay/statement prior to the interview, outlining educational goals and objectives, and explaining why the B.A. theatre studies degree is the appropriate program for them.
- First-year students may interview only in the spring semester of the academic year, assuming successful completion of the above requirements.
- Successful student candidates will receive a letter of acceptance into the program. The students must report to the department office ASAP to fill out a change of/additional major form and secure appropriate signatures.
- The student will be assigned an advisor when the form is returned to the main theatre office. The student must then obtain a copy of the Department Handbook (available from the administrative assistants).
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact the department office at 274-3345.
Instructions/Suggestions for Accepted B.A. Theatre Studies Internal Transfer/Transfer Students
- Students must make an appointment with their adviser as soon as that person is assigned. Particularly important at this first meeting, as acceptance into the degree program frequently occurs after registration for the following semester, are the following:
a. Arrangements should be made to register for Script Analysis in the next fall term. Script Analysis AND Introduction to Theatre are required for theatre studies students.
b. Arrangements should be made to take Acting 1 in the next fall term.
c. Arrangements should be made to register (via override form) for Theatre History in the next fall term.
- After the first required credit of Theatre Production (taken in conjunction with Stagecraft) there are two more required Theatre Production credits. These should be taken early, preferably in the sophomore year, and these classes take precedence over any extra-curricular or co-curricular activity. Students must not sign on to extra projects until after they have determined the period during which their production crew will meet.
- Particularly for students who transfer in from schools other than Humanities and Sciences (H&S), or from other colleges, there is a General Education requirement for students in H&S. It is up to the student to become aware of these courses. They are best taken earlier in the college career rather than later. Advanced Placement (AP) credit can be applied to some these courses, up to a limit of 6 credits.
- All internal and external transfer students must remember that it a student must have completed 90 Liberal Arts credits to graduate from Ithaca College.
- Particularly for double major/degree students, it is usually still possible to take a semester in London or some other study-abroad program, or at the National Theatre Institute, and the department encourages it. Planning, however, should begin as soon as a student has been accepted into the B.A. theatre studies program. A meeting with the adviser or degree program coordinator is recommended.