Performing Arts Studies, BA, BS, Minor
About the Program
Through an integrated curriculum, the Performing Arts Studies program prepares artists and leaders for a diverse and challenging job market and trains practitioners in the field to impact the development and welfare of their comunity through viable arts experiences. Students study creative and artistic direction, performance, technical theatre, arts management and conduct academic research. Utilizing performance venues on campus, Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre, Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio and a professional company - Lees-McRae Summer Theatre - students gain hands on knowledge the moment they arrive on campus.
To assure each graduate is adequately prepared to enter the workforce, each PAS major must successfully complete four competencies with a high level of proficiency. These competencies are a capstone to their academic studies within the Performing Arts Department. All students must pass Competency Five and may choose three additional areas of competency from the remaining four. Coursework must be completed in all areas.
Competency One: Creative and Artistic Direction
Competency Two: Performance
Competency Three: Arts Management and Leadership
Competency Four: Technical Theatre
Competency Five: Critical and Cultural Perspectives