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Achievement and Quality: Higher Education in the Arts

Basic Competency Index By Discipline and Specialization -- Undergraduate Degrees

Theatre

A list of specializations for baccalaureate degrees in theatre follows, with each linked to a parallel downloadable PDF enumerating detailed competencies for that specialization. In this way, users of these resources may download only the specific information of interest.

Please note: The lists of competencies are derived from accreditation standards for the professional and liberal arts undergraduate degrees in theatre.

Essential Note: Competencies provided for each specialization are excerpts from the Handbook for the arts discipline specified. Items in each set of competencies indicate the content and natures of the competencies expected of those graduating with the specified degree, or recommendations for competency development.

Only the Handbook in its entirety contains all standards and guidelines applicable to and used by all phases of NASAD, NASD, NASM, or NAST membership reviews.

In the competencies texts for each specialization, “H.” indicates the location of the excerpted text in the Handbook; the term “(All)” indicates standards applicable to all professional or liberal arts undergraduate degrees in the specified field including the specialization; “([Area of Specialization])” indicates specific standards for that major.

THEATRE (professional undergraduate)
(Review or print the Table of Contents excerpt from the latest edition of the NAST Handbook)

THEATRE (liberal arts undergraduate)
(Review or print the Table of Contents excerpt from the latest edition of the NAST Handbook)

Please note the following regarding theatre specializations not listed above:

Focused professional study in the fields of directing, history and criticism, or playwriting is usually pursued at the graduate or advanced level after appropriate undergraduate preparation.  Competencies for these fields are found in the NAST Handbook as follows:

    • Directing - NAST Handbook, Standards items XI.A.; XV.A.3. and B.2.; Appendix I.D.
    • History and Criticism - NAST Handbook, Standards items XI.B.; XV.C.
    • Playwriting and Dramatic Writing - NAST Handbook, Standards items XI.C.; XV.A.3. and B.3.

Drama Therapy.  Drama therapists are professionally educated at the graduate level. Undergraduate prerequisites for drama therapy may be found in the NAST Handbook, Standards item XI.D.

Creative Multidisciplinary Convergence and Technologies (CMCT). Competency and standards statements regarding various approaches to undergraduate study in these fields may be found in the NAST Handbook, Appendix I.F.

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