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School of Theatre and Music

Department of Music

BA in Music, BMus in Performance, and BMus in Jazz Studies


Bachelor of Arts in Music


Bachelor of Music in Performance


Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Minor in Music


Department of Theatre


Bachelor of Arts in Acting, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

BA in Acting and BA in Theatre Design


BFA in Acting

Minor in Theatre

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Administration: Director, Christine Mary Dunford

The School of Theatre and Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of its diverse, urban context. These programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars. They connect students to Chicago’s abundant, vibrant theatre culture and to the city’s dynamic jazz and classical music networks. 

The School of Theatre and Music offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Music; the Bachelor of Music in Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Acting, the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.

Department of Music

BA in Music, BMus in Performance, and BMus in Jazz Studies

Because the music profession is so diverse, the major curricula at the University of Illinois at Chicago emphasize skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline: music theory, music history, performance, aural and keyboard training, orchestration, composition, conducting, and ensemble participation. Core course requirements for all majors include two years of work in theory, aural skills, and piano, five semesters of history and literature, and courses in analysis, notation software, and ethnomusicology. Beyond these, each of the three majors adds requirements particular to its focus. Performance and Jazz Studies majors should also plan on four years of participation in the program’s performance ensembles, which include jazz ensembles, concert band, string orchestra, and three choral groups.

For those who qualify for the Performance major, the program offers opportunities for private study in piano, voice, and orchestral and band instruments with some of Chicago’s most outstanding artist-teachers. For students in Jazz Studies, the program provides private study, big band, and combo work with leading Chicago jazz artists. An audition is required for admission to the Performance and Jazz Studies majors.

Many of the program’s graduates pursue advanced degrees in music. Others find employment as performers, teachers, composers, and arts managers in a wide variety of settings. A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements for BA in Music, BMus in Performance, and BMus in Jazz Studies

Courses Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Analyzing the Natural World coursea 3–5
Understanding the Individual and Society coursea 3
Understanding the Past coursea 3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea 3
Additional General Education Core courses from any categoriesab 4–6b
Total Hours—General Education Requirementsc 24

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b Students take two additional courses from any General Education categories for a total of 4–6 hours to reach the required 24 hours in the General Education Core.
c The Understanding the Creative Arts and Exploring World Cultures General Education requirements are met by courses within the major.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Degree Requirements—Bachelor of Arts in Music
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre and Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BA in Music—Degree Requirements Hours
General Education Requirements 24
Major Course Requirements 60–68
Electives
27–36
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BA in Music 120

*New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. These students will complete 2736 hours of electives for the BA in Music. All other students complete 2836 hours of electives for the BA in Music.

General Education Requirements
See previous section General Education Requirements for BA in Music, BMus in Performance, and BMus in Jazz Studies for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

BA in Music Major Course Requirements
For the BA in Music, 60–68 semester hours distributed as follows:

Courses Hours
MUS 101—Music Theory I 3
MUS 102—Music Theory II 3
MUS 103—Ear Training I 1
MUS 104—Ear Training II 1
MUS 110—Convocation/Recitala 0
MUS 201—Theory of Music III 3
MUS 202—Theory of Music IV 3
MUS 203—Ear Training III 1
MUS 204—Ear Training IV 1
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I 2
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II 2
MUS 222—Music Notation and Copying 2
MUS 270—Keyboard Skills III 2
MUS 271—Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUS 230—Music History I 3
MUS 231—Music History II 3
MUS 232—Music History III 3
MUS 300—Counterpoint 3
MUS 301—Analytic Techniques 3
MUS 227—Music Cultures of the Worldbc 3
 
Six hours of music electives chosen from the following: 6
MUS 113—Art Song (3)b
MUS 114—Jazz History (3)bf
MUS 115—Opera (3)b
MUS 117—Music for Symphony Orchestra (3)b
MUS 119—Music for the Piano (3)b

MUS 240—Music, Gender, and Culture (3)bg

 
Six hours of music electives chosen from the following: 6
MUS 302—Composition I (3)
MUS 303—Composition II (3)
MUS 304—Conducting (3)
MUS 306—Orchestration and Arranging I (3)
MUS 307—Orchestration and Arranging II (3)
 
Four hours of musicd chosen from the following: 4
MUS 151—Concert Band (1)
MUS 152—Instrumental Ensembles (1)
MUS 153—University Choir (1)
MUS 154—Chamber Choir (1)
MUS 155—Women’s Choral Ensemble (1)
MUS 157—String Ensemble (1)
MUS 159—Jazz Ensemble (1)
Foreign languagee 0–8
Total Hours—BA in Music Major Course Requirements 60–68

a Students must register for MUS 110 for four terms.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
d No more than one hour of credit earned in any term may apply towards this four-hour requirement.
e Usually one year of French, German, or Italian at the college level. With consent of the department, students may substitute other languages. Two years of foreign language study is strongly recommended.
f This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category. Students who apply MUS 114 to the Understanding the Past category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts category with another course.
g This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society category. Students who apply MUS 240 to the Understanding the Individual and Society category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category with another course.

Electives

Courses Hours
Total Hours—Electives 27–36a

aNew freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. These students will complete 2736 hours of electives for the BA in Music. All other students complete 2836 hours of electives for the BA in Music.

UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Courses Hours
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1


Sample Course Schedule—BA in Music

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Hours
MUS 101—Music Theory I 3
MUS 103—Ear Training I 1
MUS 110—Convocation 0
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I 2
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
Foreign language 4
Elective 2
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
MUS 102—Music Theory II 3
MUS 104—Ear Training II 1
MUS 110—Convocation 0
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II 2
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Foreign language 4
Elective 2
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1
Total Hours
15–16
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Hours
MUS 110—Convocation 0
MUS 201—Music Theory III 3
MUS 203—Ear Training III 1
MUS 270—Keyboard Skills III 2
MUS 222—Music Notation and Copying 2
General Education Core course 5
Elective 2
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
MUS 110—Convocation 0
MUS 202—Music Theory IV 3
MUS 204—Ear Training IV 1
MUS 271—Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUS 230—Music History I 3
MUS 113, 114, 115, 117, 119, OR 240 3
Ensemble (MUS 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, OR 159) 1
Elective 2
Total Hours
15
Junior Year
Fall Semester Hours
MUS 231—Music History II 3
MUS 300—Counterpoint 3
One additional course from MUS 113, 114, 115, 117, 119, OR 240 3
Ensemble (see above) 1
Composition, Conducting, or Orchestration (MUS 302, 303, 304, 306, OR 307) 3
Elective 2
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
MUS 232—Music History III 3
MUS 301—Analytic Techniques 3
Ensemble (see above) 1
One additional course chosen from Composition, Conducting, or Orchestration 3
Electives 5
Total Hours
15
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Ensemble (see above) 1
MUS 227—Music Cultures of the World 3
Electives 2
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
General Education Core course 4
Electives 11
Total Hours
15


Bachelor of Music in Performance

Degree Requirements—Bachelor of Music in Performance
To earn a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. An audition is also required to enter the major. The School of Theatre and Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BMus in Performance Degree Requirements Hours
General Education Requirements 24
Major Course Requirements 76–78
Electives 17–20
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BMus in Performance 120

*New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. These students will complete 1720 hours of electives for the BMus in Performance. All other students complete 1820 hours of electives for the BMus in Performance.

General Education Requirements
See previous section General Education Requirements for BA in Music, BMus in Performance, and BMus in Jazz Studies for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Performance Major Course Requirements
For the Performance Major, 76–78 semester hours distributed as follows:

Courses Hours
MUS 101—Music Theory I 3
MUS 102—Music Theory II 3
MUS 103—Ear Training I 1
MUS 104—Ear Training II 1
MUS 110—Convocation/Recitala 0
MUS 201—Theory of Music III 3
MUS 202—Theory of Music IV 3
MUS 203—Ear Training III 1
MUS 204—Ear Training IV 1
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I 2
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II 2
MUS 270—Keyboard Skills III 2
MUS 271—Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUS 230—Music History I 3
MUS 231—Music History II 3
MUS 232—Music History III 3
MUS 300—Counterpoint 3
MUS 301—Analytic Techniques 3
MUS 111—Master Class in Performanceb 0
MUS 222—Notation and Copying 2
MUS 227—Music Cultures of the Worldcd 3
Six hours of music electives chosen from the following: 6
MUS 113—Art Song (3)c
MUS 114—Jazz History (3)ch
MUS 115—Opera (3)c
MUS 117—Music for Symphony Orchestra (3)c
MUS 119—Music for the Piano (3)c
MUS 240—Music, Gender, and Culture (3)ci
Six hours of music electives chosen from the following: 6
MUS 302—Composition I (3)
MUS 303—Composition II (3)
MUS 304—Conducting (3)
MUS 306—Orchestration and Arranging I (3)
MUS 307—Orchestration and Arranging II (3)
Ensemble requirementPerformance Majors must be enrolled in a minimum of one ensemble during every term in which they are a major distributed as follows: 6–8j
Ensemble Requirement—Four hours of musice chosen from the following:
MUS 151—Concert Band (1)
MUS 153—University Choir (1)
MUS 157—String Ensemble (1)
MUS 159—Jazz Ensemble (1)
Ensemble Requirement—Two hours of musice chosen from the following:
MUS 152—Instrumental Ensembles (1)
MUS 154—Chamber Choir (1)
MUS 155—Women’s Choral Ensemble (1)
MUS 160—Small Jazz Ensemble (1)
Ensemble Requirement—Two hours from any ensemble, excluding MUS 156
Eight hours chosen from the following: 8
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons (2)f
MUS 182—Private Voice Lessons (2)f
Six hours chosen from the following: 6
MUS 280—Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons (3)g
MUS 282—Advanced Private Voice Lessons (3)g
Total Hours—Performance Major Course Requirements 76–78

a Students must register for MUS 110 for four terms.
b Students must register for MUS 111 for four terms and perform in one master class in two of those terms.
c This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
d This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
e Vocalists must choose four hours of 153 and two hours of 154 or 155; wind and percussion students must choose four hours between 151 and 159, and two hours between 152 and 160; piano, classical guitar, and organ students must complete two hours from 152, and four hours of a large ensemble, excluding MUS 156; string students must choose four hours of 157 and two hours of 152.
f Students must register for MUS 180 or 182 for at least four terms. Both courses require juries or half-recitals; a minimum grade of B is required to remain in the major.
g Students must register for MUS 280 or 282 for two terms. Both courses require one jury and one full recital. A minimum grade of B in the first term is required to remain in the major.
h This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category. Students who apply MUS 114 to the Understanding the Past category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts category with another course.
i This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society category. Students who apply MUS 240 to the Understanding Individual and Society category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category with another course.
j Total ensemble hour requirement will be determined by the number of semesters enrolled in the major.

Electives

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives
17–20a

aNew freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. These students will complete 1720 hours of electives for the BMus in Performance. All other students complete 1820 hours of electives for the BMus in Performance.

UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Courses
Hours
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1


Sample Course Schedule—BMus in Performance

Freshman Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons
2
MUS 101—Music Theory I
3
MUS 103—Ear Training I
1
Ensemble (MUS 151,153,157, OR 159)
1
MUS 110—Convocation
0
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I
2
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons
2
MUS 102—Music Theory II
3
MUS 104—Ear Training II
1
MUS 110—Convocation
0
Ensemble (MUS 151,153,157, OR 159)
1
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II
2
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
General Education Core course
3
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1
Total Hours
1516
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons
2
MUS 110—Convocation
0
Ensemble (MUS 151,153,157, OR 159)
1
MUS 201—Music Theory III
3
MUS 203—Ear Training III
1
MUS 270—Keyboard Skills III
2
MUS 222—Notation and Copying
2
General Education Core course
5
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons
2
MUS 110—Convocation
0
MUS 202—Music Theory IV
3
MUS 204—Ear Training IV
1
MUS 271—Keyboard Skills IV
2
MUS 230—Music History I
3
Ensemble (MUS 151,153,157, OR 159)
1
Elective
3
Total Hours
15
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 231—Music History II
3
MUS 300—Counterpoint
3
One course from MUS 113, 114, 115, 117,119, OR 240
3
Ensemble (MUS 152, 154, 155, OR 160)
1
Composition, Conducting, or Orchestration (MUS 302, 303, 304, 306, OR 307)
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 232—Music History III
3
MUS 301—Analytic Techniques
3
Ensemble (MUS 152, 154, 155, OR 160)
1
One additional course chosen from Composition, Conducting, or Orchestration
3
Electives
4
Total Hours
14
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 280—Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons
3
Ensemble (MUS 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, OR 160)
1
General Education Core course
3
General Education Core course
4
MUS 227—Music Cultures of the World
3
Elective
2
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 280—Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons
3
Ensemble (MUS 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, OR 160)
1
One course from MUS 113, 114, 115, 117,119, OR 240
3
Electives
6
Total Hours
13

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Degree Requirements—Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
To earn a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. An audition is also required to enter the Jazz Studies major. The School of Theatre and Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BMus in Jazz Studies Degree Requirements
Hours
General Education Requirements
24
Major Course Requirements
95–97
Electives
0–2
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BMus in Jazz Studies Degree Requirements
121–122*

*122 semester hours is required of new freshmen only. New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour.

General Education Requirements
See previous section General Education Requirements for BA in Music, BMus in Performance, and BMus in Jazz Studies for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Jazz Studies Major Course Requirements
For the Jazz Studies Major, 95–97 semester hours distributed as follows:

Courses Hours
MUS 101—Music Theory I 3
MUS 102—Music Theory II 3
MUS 103—Ear Training I 1
MUS 104—Ear Training II 1
MUS 110—Convocation/Recitala 0
MUS 201—Theory of Music III 3
MUS 202—Theory of Music IV 3
MUS 203—Ear Training III 1
MUS 204—Ear Training IV 1
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I 2
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II 2
MUS 270—Keyboard Skills III 2
MUS 271—Keyboard Skills IV 2
MUS 230—Music History I 3
MUS 231—Music History II 3
MUS 232—Music History III 3
MUS 301—Analytic Techniques 3
MUS 114—Jazz Historybh 3
MUS 120—Jazz Improvisation I 3
MUS 227—Music Cultures of the Worldbc 3
MUS 111—Master Class in Performanced 0
MUS 220—Jazz Aesthetics 3
MUS 221—Jazz Improvisation II 3
MUS 222—Musical Notation/Copying 2
MUS 310—Jazz Theory and Keyboard I 3
MUS 311—Jazz Theory and Keyboard II 3
MUS 306—Orchestration and Arranging I 3
MUS 312—Jazz Arranging I 3

Ensemble requirementJazz Majors must be enrolled in a minimum of one ensemble during every term in which they are a major, distributed as follows: 6–8j
MUS 160—Small Jazz Ensemble (1)g

(for at least two semesters)

Choose one of the following for at least two semesters:
MUS 150—Vocal Jazz Ensemble (1)g
MUS 159—Jazz Ensemble (1)g
Choose an additional two semesters from MUS

150, 159, or 160

Choose any ensemble, excluding MUS 156, for

two semesters

Three hours of music electives chosen from the following: 3
MUS 113—Art Song (3)b
MUS 115—Opera (3)b
MUS 117—Music for Symphony Orchestra (3)b
MUS 119—Music for the Piano (3)b
MUS 240—Music, Gender, and Culture (3)bi
Three hours of music electives chosen from the following: 3
MUS 302—Composition I (3)
MUS 303—Composition II (3)
MUS 304—Conducting (3)
MUS 307—Orchestration and Arranging II (3)
MUS 313—Jazz Arranging II (3)
Twelve hours chosen from the following: 12
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons(2)e
MUS 182—Private Voice Lessons(2)e
Six hours chosen from the following: 6
MUS 280—Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons(3)f
MUS 282—Advanced Private Voice Lessons(3)f
Total Hours—Jazz Studies Major Course Requirements 95–97

a Students must register for MUS 110 for four terms.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
c This course is approved for the Exploring World Cultures General Education category.
d Students must register for MUS 111 for four terms and perform in one master class in two of those terms.
e Students must register for MUS 180 or 182 for at least six terms. Both courses require juries or half-recitals; a minimum grade of B is required to remain in the major.
f Students must register for MUS 280 or 282 for two terms. Both courses require one jury and one full recital. A minimum grade of B in the first term is required to remain in the major.
g
MUS 150 is required for singers; MUS 159 is required for instrumentalists. Students must enroll for a total of 6 hours in a combination of MUS 150/160 (for singers) or MUS 159/160 (for instrumentalists). A minimum of two hours is required in any one of these courses.
h This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category. Students who apply MUS 114 to the Understanding the Past category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts category with another course.

i This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society category. Students who apply MUS 240 to the Understanding the Individual and Society category need to fulfill the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category with another course.
j Total ensemble hour requirement will be determined by the number of semesters enrolled in the major.

Electives

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives
0–2


UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Courses
Hours
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1

Sample Course Schedule—BMus in Jazz Studies

Freshman Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 101—Music Theory I
3
MUS 103—Ear Training I
1
MUS 110—Convocation
0
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I
2
MUS 180—Private Instrumental Lessons OR
MUS 182—Private Voice Lessons
2
MUS 160—Small Jazz Ensemble
1
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 102—Music Theory II
3
MUS 104—Ear Training II
1
MUS 110—Convocation
0
MUS 160—Small Jazz Ensemble
1
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II
2
MUS 180 OR MUS 182
2
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
General Education Core course
3
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1
Total Hours
1516
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 120—Jazz Improvisation
3
MUS 180 OR MUS 182
2
MUS 110—Convocation
0
MUS 150—Vocal Jazz Ensemble OR
MUS 159—Jazz Ensemble
1
MUS 201—Music Theory III
3
MUS 203—Ear Training III
1
MUS 270—Keyboard Skills III
2
General Education Core course
5
Total Hours
17
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 114—Jazz History
3
MUS 180 OR MUS 182
2
MUS 110—Convocation
0
MUS 202—Music Theory IV
3
MUS 204—Ear Training IV
1
MUS 222—Musical Notation and Copying
2
MUS 271—Keyboard Skills IV
2
MUS 230—Music History I
3
MUS 150 OR MUS 159
1
Total Hours
17
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 180 OR MUS 182
2
MUS 231—Music History II
3
One course from MUS 113, 115, 117,119, OR 240
3
MUS 306—Orchestration and Arranging I
3
MUS 150—Vocal Jazz Ensemble, MUS 159—Jazz Ensemble, OR MUS 160—Small Jazz Ensemble
1
MUS 310—Jazz Theory and Keyboard I
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 180 OR MUS 182
2
MUS 221—Jazz improvisation II
3
MUS 232—Music History III
3
MUS 301—Analytic Techniques
3
MUS 150, MUS 159, OR MUS 160
1
MUS 312—Jazz Arranging
3
Total Hours
15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
Ensemble (MUS 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, OR 160)
1
MUS 220—Jazz Aesthetics
3
Composition I or II, Conducting, Orchestration II, OR Jazz Arranging II (MUS 302, 303, 304, 307, OR 313)
3
MUS 280—Advanced Private Instrumental Lessons OR

MUS 282—Advanced Private Voice Lessons

3
General Education Core course
4
Total Hours
14
Spring Semester
Hours
MUS 111—Master Class in Performance
0
MUS 280 OR MUS 282
3
MUS 311—Jazz Theory and Keyboard II
3
MUS 227—Music Cultures of the World
3
Ensemble (MUS 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 157, 159, OR 160)
1
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
13

 

Minor in Music

Required Courses
Hours
MUS 101—Music Theory I
3
MUS 102—Music Theory II
3
MUS 103—Ear Training I
1
MUS 104—Ear Training II
1
MUS 170—Keyboard Skills I
2
MUS 171—Keyboard Skills II
2
MUS 230—Music History I
3
MUS 231—Music History II
3
Any three hours of music electives at the 100-level, excluding MUS 100, 107, and 156.
3
Total Hours—Minor in Music
21

Department of Theatre

The Theatre Program’s curricula emphasize a balance between history, theory and practice, and integrate traditional performance theories and forms with contemporary interdisciplinary performance practices. With a commitment to ensemble-based learning, the program fosters student exploration from originating impulse or idea to realization in course work, performance and production. Courses in Acting, Voice, Movement, Directing, Playwriting, and Design develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars.

Majors must actively participate in the department’s productions in conjunction with their ongoing class work. Theatre majors participate in the UIC’s Mainstage Season performances and student-generated projects under the direction and coaching of the theatre faculty and guest artists, all of whom are highly regarded professional artists in their respective fields.

Many of the program’s graduates are employed professionally in theatre and film or successfully pursue advanced study in prestigious graduate theatre programs.

The Department of Theatre offers programs leading to the BA in Acting, BA in Theatre Design, and BFA in Acting.

Bachelor of Arts in Acting, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design, and Bachelor Fine Arts in Acting

General Education Requirements for the BA in Acting, BA in Theatre Design, and BFA in Acting

Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for
Academic and Public Contexts
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for
Inquiry and Research
3
Exploring World Cultures coursea
3
Analyzing the Natural World coursea
3–5
Understanding the Individual and Society coursea
3
Understanding U.S. Society coursea
3
Additional General Education Core courses
from any categorya
4–6
Total Hours—General Education Requirementsb
24

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b The Understanding the Past and Understanding the Creative Arts General Education requirements are met by courses within the major.

BA in Acting and BA in Theatre Design

Both the BA in Acting and BA in Theatre Design combine the study of acting and design with the study of dramatic texts in their theatrical and cultural contexts. Since theatre is studied and experienced as a present-tense event, majors must actively participate in the production season. A total of 120 semester hours is required for graduation.

Some theatre courses require grades of C or higher in courses listed as prerequisites. Please check the Course Descriptions in the catalog for more information.

Degree Requirements—BA in Acting
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Acting from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre and Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Admission to the BA in Acting is by audition.

BA in Acting Degree Requirements Hours
General Education Requirements 24
Acting Major Course Requirements 45
Electives 50–51
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BA in Acting 120

*New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. New freshmen complete 50 hours of electives for the BA in Acting. All other students complete 51 hours of electives for the BA in Acting.

General Education Requirements
See previous section General Education Requirements for the BA in Acting, BA in Theatre Design, and BFA in Acting for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Acting Major Course Requirements

Courses
Hours
THTR 109—Introduction to Theatrea
3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting I
3
THTR 209—Modern Dramab
3
THTR 210—Movement I: Body/Self
3
THTR 260—Voice I: Voice
3
THTR 261—Voice II: Speech
3
THTR 262—Acting II: Scene Study
3
THTR 263—Acting II: Adaptations
3
THTR 280—Practicum in Performance
3
THTR 452—Advanced Acting: Shakespeare
3
THTR 475—Advanced Acting: Audition
3

Two courses from the following:
6
THTR 423—Playwriting (3)
THTR 465—Stage Direction (3)
THTR 470—Contemporary Performance Techniques (3)

THTR 472—Investigative Collaboration (3)

One of the following two-course sequences:
6
THTR 150—Technical Theatre (3)
THTR 250—Set Design I (3)
OR
THTR 151—Fundamentals in Costume Construction (3)
THTR 257—Costume Design I (3)

Total Hours—Acting Major Course Requirements
45

a This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category or the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Electives

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives
50–51a

aNew freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. New freshmen complete 50 hours of electives for the BA in Acting. All other students complete 51 hours of electives for the BA in Acting.

UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Courses
Hours
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1


Sample Course Schedule—BA in Acting

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

* THTR 280—Practicum in Performance requires permission of instructor to register. This is given for semesters when student is cast in a mainstage production.

** General Education Core courses can be taken in any semester. Some courses carry more than 3 credit hours; thus, the total credit hours for a semester may be between 15 and 17.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester
Hours
THTR 109—Introduction to Theatre
3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting I
3
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
General Education Core course**
3
General Education Core course**
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
THTR 210—Movement I: Body/Self
3
THTR 260—Voice I: Voice
3
THTR 263—Acting II: Adaptations
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
General Education Core course
3
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1
Total Hours
15–16
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Hours
THTR 150—Technical Theatre OR
THTR 151—Costume Construction
3
THTR 261—Voice II: Speech
3
THTR 280—Practicum in Performance*
3
General Education Core course
3
General Education Core course
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
THTR 262—Acting II: Scene Study
3
General Education Core course
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
15
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
THTR 209—Modern Drama I
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
THTR 250—Set Design I OR
THTR 257—Costume Design I
3
THTR 452—Advanced Acting: Shakespeare
3
THTR 423—Playwriting, THTR 465—Stage Direction, THTR 470—Contemporary Performance Techniques, OR THTR 472—Investigative Collaboration
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Hours
THTR 423, THTR 465, THTR 470, OR THTR 472
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester
Hours
THTR 475—Advanced Acting: Audition
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Elective
3
Total Hours
15


Degree Requirements—BA in Theatre Design

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre and Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Admission to the BA in Theatre Design is by interview.

BA in Theatre Design Degree Requirements
Hours
General Education Requirements
24
Theatre Design Major Course Requirements
45
Electives
50–51
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BA in Theatre Design
120

*New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. New freshmen complete 50 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design. All other students complete 51 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design.

General Education Requirements
See previous section General Education Requirements for the BA in Acting, BA in Theatre Design, and BFA in Acting for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

Theatre Design Major Course Requirements

Courses Hours
THTR 109—Introduction to Theatrea 3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting I 3
THTR 209 – Modern Dramab 3
AH 100—Introduction to Art and Art Historyb 3
Two  courses from the following: 6
THTR 423—Playwriting (3)
THTR 465—Stage Direction (3)
THTR 470—Contemporary Performance Techniques (3)
THTR 472—Investigative Collaboration (3)
One of the following two-course sequences: 6
THTR 150—Technical Theatre (3)
THTR 250—Set Design I (3)
OR
THTR 151—Fundamentals in Costume Construction (3)
THTR 257—Costume Design I (3)
One course from the following: 3
THTR 256—Lighting Design (3)
THTR 259—Makeup Design (3)
One course from the following: 3
THTR 282—Practicum in Costuming (3)
THTR 283—Practicum in Technical Theatre (3)
THTR 270—Stage Management 3
AH 110—Art History Ib OR AH 111—Art History IIb 4
DES 140—Drawing Design 4
DES 170—Color Theory 4
Total Hours—Theatre Design Major Course Requirements 45

a This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category or the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Electives

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives
50–51a

aNew freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. New freshmen complete 50 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design. All other students complete 51 hours of electives for the BA in Theatre Design.


UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Courses
Hours
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1


Sample Course Schedule—BA in Theatre Design

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

* General Education Core courses can be taken in any semester. Some courses carry more than 3 credit hours; thus, the total credit hours for a semester may be between 15 and 17.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 109—Introduction to Theatre 3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting I 3
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course* 3
General Education Core course* 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
DES 140—Drawing Design 4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1
Total Hours
1617
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 150—Technical Theatre OR
THTR 151—Costume Construction
3
General Education Core course 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
THTR 250—Set Design I OR
THTR 257—Costume Design I
3
DES 170—Color Theory 4
AH 100—Introduction to Art and Art History 3
THTR 282—Practicum in Costuming OR
THTR 283—Practicum in Technical Theatre
3
Elective 3
Total Hours
16
Junior Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 270—Stage Management 3
THTR 256—Lighting Design OR
THTR 259—Makeup Design
3
THTR 209—Modern Drama 3
AH 110—Art History I OR
AH 111—Art History II
4
Elective 3
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester Hours
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
15
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 423—Playwriting , THTR 465—Stage Direction, THTR 470—Contemporary Performance Techniques, OR THTR 472—Investigative Collaboration 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
THTR 423, THTR 465, THTR 470, OR THTR 472 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
12

BFA in Acting

The BFA in Acting combines the conservatory-style study of acting with the study of dramatic texts in their theatrical and cultural contexts. Since theatre is studied and experienced as a present-tense event, majors must actively participate in the production program. A total of 120 semester hours is required for graduation. Some theatre courses require grades of B or higher in courses listed as prerequisites. Please check the Course Descriptions in the catalog for more information.

Degree RequirementsBFA in Acting
To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre and Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

BFA in Acting Degree Requirements
Hours
General Education Requirements
24
BFA Major Course Requirements
84
Electives
1112
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1*
Total Hours—BFA in Acting
120

*New freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. New freshmen complete 11 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting. All other students complete 12 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting.

General Education Requirements
See previous section General Education Requirements for BA in Acting, BA in Theatre Design, and BFA in Acting for a list of courses to meet this requirement.

BFA Major Course Requirements

Courses Hours
THTR 109—Introduction to Theatrea 3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting I 3
THTR 209—Modern Dramab 3
THTR 210—Movement I: Body/Self 3
THTR 260—Voice I: Voice 3
THTR 261—Voice II: Speech 3
THTR 263—Acting II: Adaptations 3
THTR 280—Practicum in Performance 3
THTR 310—Movement II: Body/Space 3
THTR 410—Movement III: Style 3
THTR 411—Movement IV: Somatics 3
THTR 412—Movement V: Character 3
THTR 413—Movement VI: Movement Lab 3
THTR 451—Advanced Acting: American Drama 3
THTR 452—Advanced Acting: Shakespeare 3
THTR 458—Advanced Acting: Chekhov 3
THTR 459—Advanced Acting: Ensemble 3
THTR 462—Voice III: Advanced Voice and Speech 3
THTR 467—Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter 3
THTR 475—Advanced Acting: Audition 3
THTR 477—Voice IV: Text Styles 3
THTR 478—Voice V: Dialects 3
THTR 479—Voice VI: Voice Lab 3
One of the following two-course sequences: 6
THTR 150—Technical Theatre (3)
THTR 250—Set Design I (3)
OR
THTR 151—Fundamentals in Costume Construction (3)
THTR 257—Costume Design I (3)
One of the following courses: 3
THTR 255—Set Design II (3)
THTR 256—Lighting Design (3)
THTR 258—Costume Design II (3)
THTR 259—Makeup Design (3)
Two of the following courses: 6
THTR 423—Playwriting (3)
THTR 465—Stage Direction (3)
THTR 470—Contemporary Performance Techniques (3)
THTR 472—Investigative Collaboration (3)
Total Hours—BFA Major Course Requirements 84

a This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category or the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.
b This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Electives

Courses
Hours
Total Hours—Electives
1112a

aNew freshmen are required to complete CC 120—First Year Dialogue Seminar for one hour. New freshmen complete 11 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting. All other students complete 12 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting.

UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar

Courses
Hours
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1


Sample Course Schedule—BFA in Acting

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

* THTR 280—Practicum in Performance requires permission of instructor to register. This is given for semesters when student is cast in a mainstage production.

** General Education Core courses can be taken in any semester. Some science courses carry more than three credit hours; thus, the total credit hours for a semester may be between 15 and 17.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 109—Introduction to Theatre 3
THTR 161—Introduction to Acting I 3
THTR 210—Movement I: Body/Self 3
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course** 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
THTR 150—Technical Theatre OR
THTR 151—Costume Construction
3
THTR 260—Voice I: Voice 3
THTR 263—Acting II: Adaptations 3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course 3
CC 120—UIC First Year Dialogue Seminar
(Required of new freshmen only)
1
Total Hours
1516
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 261—Voice II: Speech 3
THTR 310—Movement II: Body/Self 3
THTR 451—Advanced Acting: American Drama 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
THTR 250—Set Design I OR
THTR 257—Costume Design I
3
THTR 452—Advanced Acting: Shakespeare 3
THTR 410—Movement III: Style 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
15
Junior Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 255—Set Design II, THTR 256—Lighting Design, THTR 258—Costume Design II, OR THTR 259—Makeup Design 3
THTR 209—Modern Drama 3
THTR 458—Advanced Acting: Chekhov 3
THTR 462—Voice III: Advanced Voice and Speech 3
General Education Core course 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
THTR 411—Movement IV: Somatics 3
THTR 459—Advanced Acting: Ensemble 3
THTR 423—Playwriting , THTR 465—Stage Direction, THTR 470—Contemporary Performance Techniques, OR THTR 472—Investigative Collaboration 3
General Education Core course 3
THTR 477—Voice IV: Text Styles 3
Total Hours
15
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
THTR 280—Practicum in Performance 3
THTR 467—Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter 3
THTR 423 , THTR 465, THTR 470, OR THTR 472 3
THTR 478—Voice V: Dialects 3
THTR 412—Movement V: Character 3
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
THTR 475—Advanced Acting: Audition 3
THTR 413—Movement VI: Movement Lab 3
THTR 479—Voice VI: Voice Lab 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
Total Hours
15

Minor in Theatre

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in theatre must complete at least 18 hours in theatre. At least 12 of the 18 hours must be at the upper-division level.