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BA in Theatre Arts - Option in Technical Theatre

Information on applying is available.


The CSULB Theatre Department offers the option of an excellent Technical Theatre program which includes the design categories of Scenery, Lighting, and Costume and Makeup.

After completion of the lower division core classes which include: study in Acting, Technical and Design Crafts, the History, Literature and Criticism of Theatre, and Directing, students may choose to interview for placement in the Technical Theatre design options.

The Technical Theatre program has been organized to serve student needs in three principal areas:

Enrichment of the student’s liberal arts background through the development of appreciations and insights derived from theatre arts courses taken as general education electives.

Development of interests and skills that offer the students life-long satisfactions as a vocational outlet.

Preparation of Theatre Professionals for further educational advancement or work in community, recreational, educational, and professional theatre.

Students have the opportunity to gain a broad exposure to the Technical Theatre discipline by requiring work in a variety of skills development. These emphasize the technological, as well as, the artistic aspects of design and execution. They learn crew responsibilities for each technical theatre category and can move up through their main area of interest into Assistant or Design positions for the Theatre Department production season and for the Threshold season.

Production Opportunities

Our department offers many opportunities for designers and technicians. Information to learn more about who to ask regarding mainstage opportunities is available.

Our student produced theatre company, Theatre Threshold, produces 28 shows a year and is always looking for designers and technicians. Our Theatre Threshold page can help you learn more and guide you on how to get involved.

Artists in Black

Artists in Black is our student association for technical majors and any other student interested in design, tech, and stage management. It was founded in 2012 to:

  • Assist incoming and transfer designers, technicians, and stage managers with acclimating to the department
  • Mentor designers, technicians and stage managers who are working on Theatre Threshold shows
  • Provide a forum for technical students to discuss curriculum concerns
  • Create a more connected community among the technicians, designers, and stage managers
  • Provide a job posting forum for technical theatre related internships and career opportunities
  • Coordinate technical theatre related workshops and events

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas that may benefit technical theatre students, please email us You can also join us on our Facebook page.

* Artists in Black is a subcommittee of the Student Association of Theatre Arts (SATA)

Internships & Professional Development Opportunities

Theatre Arts faculty and staff are highly successful in placing our students in discipline specific professional internships in the LA area, nationally and internationally. Due to our location we are in the hub of the Southern California entertainment business.

Local internships have taken place at institutions including Disney, LA Opera, South Coast Repertory, International City Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, The Chance Theatre, LA Fringe Festival, The Elephant Theatre, The Antaeus Theatre Company, Four Clowns, The Garage Theatre, LA’s Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Casting Companies, Artist Agencies and many more.

Our students have worked nationally and internationally with our faculty members in locations including NYC, Colorado, Utah, St. Petersburg Russia, Tokyo, Tanzania, Costa Rica and Norway.

Curriculum : Option in Technical Theatre: Scenery/Costume/Lighting Design (120 units)

Lower Division Core: Take all of the following courses

  • THEA 101 Fundamentals of Script Analysis (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 111 Theatre Arts Showcase (1) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 114A Fundamentals of Acting (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 142 Elementary Stagecraft (3) Prerequisites: THEA 140 or 340
  • THEA 146 Costume Crafts I (3) Prerequisites: THEA 140 or 340
  • THEA 148 Stage Lighting I (3) Prerequisites: THEA 140 or 340
  • THEA 201 Writing for the Theatre Arts (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1)
  • THEA 221 History of Theatre and Drama to 1660 (3) Prerequisite: THEA 101 or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor
  • THEA 222 History of Theatre and Drama Since 1660 (3) Prerequisite: THEA 221 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 271 Stage Management (3) Corequisites: THEA 240 or 440

Upper Division Core: Take all of the following courses

  • THEA 324 Theatre Today (3) Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing
  • THEA 374 Fundamentals of Directing (3) Prerequisites: THEA 101 and 114A or consent of instructor
  • THEA 426 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3) Prerequisites: None

Take all of the following courses:

  • THEA 352 Foundations of Visual Expression (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 433 Design for Theatre (3) Prerequisites: THEA 142, 146, 148 or consent of instructor.

Take 15 units from the following courses:

  • THEA 144, 341, 342, 441, 442, 444, 446, 447, 448, 449, 476, 498.

No more than eight units of Theatre Arts activity (cast and/or crew) will apply toward degree requirements. Crew requirements for all majors: One major running crew assignment in residence for each of the areas of costume, stage-craft and lighting to be satisfactorily completed. Students with transfer credit in those related courses must fulfill the same running crew requirements within the first three semesters of matriculation into the University.

Information on applying is available.