The bachelor of arts degree program at the University of Portland is designed to provide its students with a basic generalist foundation in the areas of performance, technical skills, history and literature. At the same time, it allows the student to further explore a chosen area of emphasis, i.e. performance, design/technical, or production management at an advanced level. Throughout the student's years in the program, there are ample opportunities to apply both academic knowledge and acquired skills to a variety of live production experiences. All of this theoretical and practical learning takes place in a personal, supportive, collegial environment.