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Parents Have Questions...
... and UND Theatre Arts has answers!
What is it like to be a theatre arts student at UND?
The first impression that many people have of UND is that it is large University, but the Department of Theatre Arts is a small department, dedicated to maintaining a strong student to instructor ration, and concerned with personalized education.
Our faculty and staff strive to create a nurturing atmosphere while challenging students to develop their talents and further their ambitions. Our students are surrounded by both peers and professors who are constantly performing at the highest possible level of excellence, and our graduates rise to this challenge, and become leaders in their fields.
What type of education does the department offer?
In considering the kind of education we offer, it is important to remember that we are a public university grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation. What that means is while our curricula reflects a commitment to training professional in theatre, we are also dedicated to providing curriculum that imparts general knowledge and develops the student's rational thought and intellectual capabilities.
In most of our curricula, a majority of the coursework is focused in the area of Theatre, with the remaining coursework completed in non-music areas, most typically in courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, and designed to complete a rounded and quality education. This variety expands the opportunities that our students have available to them, and is another important reason why a UND education is a unique and excellent one.
What will my son or daughter do after graduation?
Of all the questions asked, perhaps this one creates the most anxiety for parents whose children are considering a career in the performing arts. We have all heard the stories of students with music degrees who end up waiting tables for a living. While there are certainly no guarantees to be made regarding your child's ultimate career path, one of the things of which we are certain is that an education from UND rovides students with the solid training they will need to be successful in their chosen disciplines.
Recent graduates have pursued additional studies in the finest graduate programs around the world. Theatre graduates are working as performers or behind the scenes with community and professional companies, touring with broadway shows, or working in the arts management industry. It is this well-grounded liberal arts education that makes these opportunities for success and advancement possible.
What additional educational and performance opportunities are available?
Certainly, the training that UND students receive from the faculty is the most important factor in their education, but it is also important to note that there are abundant and rich resources for the performing arts in Grand Forks and at UND. Within the University alone, we have music and vocal, opera performance opportunity, and a variety of student organizations intended to provide advanced co-curricular education opportunities. This means that students at UND have ample opportunity to express themselves through performance.
This is not the extent of the arts offerings in Grand Forks. The community itself boasts more arts and cultural organizations per capita than any other community in the nation. The University creates many partnerships for additional performance and pre-professional training.
Any other questions? Call Jeffrey Weatherly, Interim Chair, at 701.777.3470 or email to get answers.