Arts for Children, Theatre Speciality

The recommendations below are for the Theatre Specialty only within the Arts for Children Major. For other specliaties, please see appropriate page.

Students with an affinity for all arts, a particular interest in one of five art forms (visual art, dance, literary arts, music or theatre), and an interest in working with children are invited to declare Interdisciplinary Arts for Children (IAC) as their major. Students should indicate an Arts for Children specialty area of art, dance studies, literary arts, music or theatre. Upon matriculation, students are assigned an advisor by the IAC advisement coordinator.

Students are required to meet with the IAC Program Director during their first semester at Brockport for an interview, to create a course outline toward graduation, and to discuss the Childhood Inclusive Certification option. There is no audition requirement for the IAC Theatre Specialty.

Students should not take advanced coursework in the major until completing prerequisite coursework in ART 101, DNS 115, MUS 105, THE 201 or 202, THE 281, followed by IAC 280.


Required Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester or Second Semester
  • ART 101 Visual Art Experience
  • DNS 115 Introduction to Dance
  • MUS 105 Introduction to Music
  • THE 201 Theatre Arts or THE 202 Stagecraft
  • THE 281 Creative Drama



General Education courses which also fulfill requirements for Childhood Inclusive Certification including HST 211 or 212, NAS 273 and GEP 115.


Required Courses in the Sophomore Year

First Semester or Second Semester
  • IAC 280 Intro to Related Arts for Children*
  • THE 221 Acting I
  • THE 365 Puppet Theatre (spring only) or ENG 482 Children’s Literature
    (ENG 482 required for certification intent)
  • THE 319 Play Analysis
  • THE 353 Children’s Theatre
  • THE 351 Directing

* Prerequisite: introductory courses in art, dance, music, theatre.

The degree in Arts for Children can be combined with certification in elementary education. Admission to this program, offered through the Department of Education and Human Development, requires a separate application usually prior to entering the junior year. Specific advisement is needed for both the Arts for Children Interdisciplinary Major and the teacher education certification program. It is important to meet with the IAC Program Director as soon as possible to discuss pre-requisite course sequences for both programs.

Consult the Course catalog or website (www .brockport .edu/afc) for the complete listing of arts for children core, Theatre specialty and required courses in other arts disciplines.

Grade Requirement

This major/program requires a grade of C or above in all courses used to fulfill major requirements. Courses with C- CANNOT be applied and must be repeated.