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Theatre and Business Arts Major

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Apply to UP – It’s free to apply, and once accepted, you can receive up to $250 towards a trip to see our campus.

All students accepted to our program will receive at least $7000 per year in scholarship aid.

6 Reasons to study Theatre and Business Arts at the University of Great Falls

  1. Discover your strengths as you explore all aspects of the Theatre.
  2. Learn how an artist is like an independent business.
  3. Experience the support and camaraderie of a small campus where students and professors get to know each other.
  4. Bring your own projects to life in our student-driven program.
  5. Get help paying back your student loans if you’re earning less than $40,000 per year after you graduate through the Argo Advantage loan assistance program.
  6. Have fun as you grow personally and professionally. In our supportive learning environment, you’ll have freedom to experiment and learn through failures and successes. Stretch your comfort zone and find the courage to take risks, with the encouragement of your network of friends and a theatre family you can lean on for support.

So what are you waiting for?

What makes our new program special?

Cast of UP’s production of “A Tribulation in Goat’s Corner”

Theatre is something you love, something you are passionate about, something you want to pursue. However, most theatre programs only focus on teaching the art and leave their graduates ill-prepared to understand how to go about building their career in the arts. In addition, many acting graduates will find continual full-time employment in other fields.

At the University of Great Falls, through combining a strong business education with theatrical training, you will learn to treat your  career like the entrepreneurial business that it is. You will also develop a solid understanding of the unique skills you can bring to the traditional work force if you decide that a career as an artist is ultimately not for you.

We will focus on developing your skills and perseverance to search for opportunities to practice and showcase your talents. We will do everything possible to build your competitive mindset while at the same time fostering the spirit of teamwork needed in this field. If you wish to pursue a more traditional route of employment, we will highlight all of the different ways your skills can make you a desirable addition to another business’ team.

In this world where change is continual and fast-paced, you will understand that a degree is not the end of your education, but rather the start of a lifetime committed to self-study and continuing education. We will provide the opportunity for you to develop the skills needed to obtain your first jobs, and a strong self-understanding of your strengths and weaknesses to focus on for your further educational pursuits.

Link to article

“The New Performing Arts Curriculum” by By Richard E. Goodstein, Eric Lapin, and Ronald C. McCurdy

After years of assembling our program, I was pleased to find other Theatre and Arts professors were wanting some of the same things from Performing Arts programs. Here is one article from The Chronicle talking about this need.

Article here:Theatre and Business Arts. major 17.18




Objectives of Our Program:

  1. Students will reflect on their progress and develop/create a per

    University of Providence cast of “South Pacific” Photo by Darren Raines

    sonal marketing plan: You need to be able to articulate how you plan to accomplish your goals in a competitive marketplace. Whether you plan on pursuing a career in the arts, or using your creativity and education to bring a unique perspective to another occupation, you will lay out the steps you intend to take to reach your goals.

  2. Students will demonstrate adaptability in many creative situations: Whether in the arts, or in another career, adaptability is a key contributing component to your success. The mix of business and arts in your course of their studies will ensure that you learn many different ways to respond to new challenges.
  3. Students will analyze a business plan for effectiveness and viability: An ability to understand a business or project’s plan of action is essential for determining if you would like to work for that organization.
  4.  Students will understand how creativity will benefit employers and self: You need to comprehend the value of your unique creative skills. You will have to be able to persuade someone of this value in traditional job interviews and through written proposals.
  5. Students will display personal talents to appropriate audiences: You need to grasp that auditioning

    Cast of UP’s production of “Jekyll and Hyde”

    or interviewing to be hired by a company is not the only pathway to success. There are other ways to be pro-active in ensuring your success and other “markets” to which you can expose your talents and consistently move your career plan forward.

  6. Students will display teamwork as they complete projects in the program: The world of many industries and the arts is an increasingly shrinking one. It is not enough to have the skills needed for a project, you will need to be an exemplary team member to ensure the reputation that precedes you is one that will assist in your career goals.

Curriculum for a BA in Theatre and Business Arts

Required Courses:

  • Cast of UP’s “The Dead Legend” Photo by Darren Raines

    Intro to Dramatic Literature

    UP Production of “Into the Woods” Photo by Kurt Loeffler

  • Intro to Acting
  • Intro to Technical Theatre
  • Basic Accounting and Budgeting
  • Theatre Lab I
  • General Psychology
  • Digital Layout and Graphic Design
  • Commercial and Contract Law
  • Public Relations
  • Writing for Business and Professions
  • Art of Persuasion
  • Arts and Entertainment Economics
  • Theatre History
  • Directing or Playwriting
  • Portfolio and Social Media
  • Leadership and Management

2 Electives from the Following:

  • Cast of UP’s production of “The Secret Garden”

    Creative Writing: Fiction

  • Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
  • Theatre Lab II
  • Production Design
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Special Topics in Acting
  • Special Topics in Technical Theatre

Practicum activities may include:

  • Theater Performance or Crew
  • Theater Construction
  • University Choir
  • Speech and Debate
  • University Newspaper
  • University PR
  • Theatre Box Office
  • University Recruiting
  • Argo Entrepreneurs
  • Other activities deemed by the program head to meet your goals.

Some of Our Unique Classes:

Theatre Lab I & II

Karen Armenta works on a hat in the University of Providence theater department for an upcoming play.

Students will work collaboratively to create a piece of devised theatre. Students will write, direct, perform and promote the production. Subject matter and performance style will change from class to class. Emphasis will be placed on furthering theories learned in Intro to Acting and Dramatic Literature.

Arts and Entertainment Economics

Students will learn to apply the tools of economics to the arts and entertainment industry.  The industry is wide ranging and includes book publishing, live theater, the movie industry, television, sports and many other areas.  Students will show an understanding of the underlying forces driving the separate industries within the field.

Art of Persuasion

Various styles of persuasion will be covered, including debate styles, job interview techniques, volunteer recruitment and pitching to investors. Students who finish this course will understand techniques that work in one situation may not work in another; the effectiveness of any technique is situational. Students will have various methods at their disposal and know where their usage will be strongest.


Portfolio and Social Media

Students will learn different ways of promoting their talents through social media. The will assemble the proper portfolio/resume/cv to provide to prospective employers/clients. A practical guide to managing a career as an artist. How to present yourself professionally, be selective in choosing opportunities, and make smart choices in the real world. They will also develop their own personal marketing plan for their career of choice.

Interested in what a major in Theatre and Business Arts could do for you?

Contact program director, Michael Gilboe at,  or 406-403-8323

and he’ll set up a time to talk with you about your individual needs.