Freshman Year (general probation)
The freshman year prepares the student for admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts (Acting or Design and Production), the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, or the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies. Although students may declare a major OR concentration in the freshman year, they are not fully admitted to that area until positive faculty review and successful completion of the probationary year.
This is the qualifying year in the student’s declared major area of interest. Students nearing completion of two years of work will again be reviewed by the faculty. A student may elect to change programs at any time prior to reaching the upper division.
Upper Division (candidacy for degree)
By the third year the student’s focus should be clear, with primary responsibility to the major area. By this time the Theatre Arts student is a contributing member of the Post Theatre Company. Film students are expected to be working in film production, and Dance students are expected to participate in the Post Concert Dance Company. Students applying for the directing or playwriting upper-division option will be admitted by the fall of the third year.
All B.A. and B.F.A. students in Theatre Arts and Dance are required to complete one significant production contract for each semester they are enrolled. Theatre minors complete three production contracts. Production contracts are an important part of the theatre and dance education provided by the department and are required for graduation with a degree in Theatre or Dance. Failure to complete a contract will lead to probation or suspension from the Theatre or Dance program.
Students in the pre-professional programs in Theatre and Dance are required to rehearse and perform. Students must arrive promptly, be prepared and behave professionally at scheduled rehearsals, performances, and other meetings of the performing group. Unexcused lateness or absenteeism may result in fines ranging from $25 to $100. Failure to pay these fines may result in an academic block, delay in graduation and/or dismissal from the program.