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Theatre Arts

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (code THEABA01) (120 units)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts provides the opportunity for the student to gain a broad exposure to the discipline. The curriculum requires study in Acting, Technical and Design Crafts, the History, Literature and Criticism of Theatre, and Directing. After completion of the lower division core students may choose to audition/interview for placement in the performance or design options


Lower Division Core:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • THEA 101 Fundamentals of Script Analysis (3)
    • THEA 111 Theatre Arts Showcase (1)
    • THEA 114A Fundamentals of Acting (3)
    • THEA 142 Elementary Stagecraft (3)
    • THEA 146 Costume Crafts I (3)
    • THEA 148 Stage Lighting I (3)
    • THEA 201 Writing for the Theatre Arts (3)
    • THEA 271 Stage Management (3)

Upper Division Core:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • THEA 321 History of the Theatre & Drama to 1660 (3)
    • THEA 322 History of Theatre & Drama Since 1660 (3)
    • THEA 324I Theatre Today (3)
    • THEA 374 Fundamentals of Directing (3)
    • THEA 426 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3)
  • Take three units of production from the following courses:
    • THEA 310A, 310B, 340A, 340B, 410A, 410B, 440A-B.
  • Take 21 units from the following:
    • THEA 112, 114B, 144, 214, 215, 262, 290, 316, 318A, 318B, 341, 352, 364, 375, 413, 414, 415, 425I, 427, 433, 442, 447, 449, 462, 476, 490, 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, stagecraft 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.

At the beginning of the semester, all incoming students, including transfer students (including those who have been inactive for a year in our department), are required to audition or interview. Auditions and interviews are conducted by appropriate faculty/student groups. These auditions are required for admittance to certain upper division classes and are therefore used for appropriate placement of students at their level of competency as determined by the faculty.