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Vision, Purpose and Goals



Department Vision

BELMONT UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE 

The Belmont University Theatre program is a student-centered professional training program that prepares students for work in a variety entertainment fields. The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to a liberal arts foundation as an effective means of preparing students who want to pursue theatre as a life’s work. This commitment is reflected in the system of training that stresses the collaborative and inter-disciplinary nature of the theatrical performance and production process.

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT

Vision Statement: The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to developing the compassionate, well-rounded artist, possessing a professional work ethic and a desire to serve the greater community through the transformative power of the performing arts.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to mentor students in the development of their artistic skills, creative abilities, and critical faculties by providing them with a solid foundation of history, theory, technique, and practical experience in the theatre and related disciplines.

The Department of Theatre and Dance Values

We value:

  • The ideal of ensemble and collaboration to create truly transformative art
  • Challenging students through rigorous training in a liberal arts setting
  • Students with personal integrity and a strong work-ethic
  • Diverse student artists with a broad range of competencies
  • Theatre that integrates the artistic with the academic
  • An actor training program with an intensive foundation in the Meisner technique

Creating a compassionate Christian program that endorses the entertainment artist’s civic and moral duty to engage and transform the world locally and globally. 

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE DEGREE GOALS

Bachelor of Arts
  • To equip students with a vocabulary and language that reflects the standard terms and concepts used in the dramatic arts.
  • To expose students to the foundational knowledge that impacts upon the major and minor movements of past and contemporary theatrical arts.
  • To prepare students to display basic competencies in the following areas: acting, directing, scriptwriting, theatre criticism, theatre history, and production design.
  • To contribute to the cultural and artistic environment of Belmont University and the Nashville community.
  • To provide students with opportunities to gain practical and professional experience in a variety of areas within the performing arts.
  • To combine a broad coverage of the field of theatre with an intensive liberal arts curriculum.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • To equip students with a vocabulary and language that reflects the standard terms and concepts used in the dramatic arts.
  • To expose students to the foundational knowledge that impacts upon the major and minor movements of past and contemporary theatrical arts.
  • To prepare students to display professional competencies in one of the four following areas: Performance, Directing, Production Design, and Theatre Education.
  • To contribute to the cultural and artistic environment of Belmont University and the Nashville community.
  • To provide students with opportunities to gain extensive practical and professional experience in a variety of areas within the performing arts.
  • To provide students with an intensive regimented training program with incremental stages of development and experience in preparation for a professional career in the theatre and related fields.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre: Individual Emphasis Goals

The BFA in Performance:

  • To provide intensive training for students interested in careers as professional actors
  • To provide appropriate preparation for graduate study in acting

The BFA in Production Design:

  • To provide intensive training for students interested in careers as professional set designers, costume designers, or lighting designers
  • To provide appropriate preparation for graduate study in design

The BFA in Directing:

  • To provide intensive training for students interested in careers as professional directors
  • To provide appropriate preparation for graduate study in directing

The BFA in Theatre Education:

  • To provide intensive training for students interested in careers in education and youth theatre
  • To certify students with appropriate credentials to teach theatre in grades K-12
  • To provide appropriate preparation for graduate study in theatre education