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Undergraduate Admissions

Degree Options in Theatre Arts

  1. Bachelors Degree: Theatre Arts
  2. Bachelors Degree:  Theatre Arts option in Performance 
  3. ​​Bachelors Degree: Theatre Arts option in Technical

Undergraduate Admissions Process 

Welcome to the Department of Theatre Arts

Our three undergraduate programs, the General Major, the Performance Option and the Technical Theatre Option, are all Bachelor of Arts degrees which require neither audition nor interview. As such, the admissions process is handled entirely by Enrollment Services. Please visit University Admissions on the Enrollment Services website for important information about CSU Mentor, the California State University State system-wide, online application service, as well as, deadlines, fees and anything else you’d like to know about starting your journey to The Beach!

The Application Process

Before you get started on your CSU Mentor Application please keep in mind that, while the system-wide application will allow you to apply for any one of our three programs, applying for the Performance Option is considered to be an indication of intention only. All matriculating freshman that apply as Performance Majors, will be converted to General Majors by a staff advisor at S.O.A.R. or by our department advisor, Adriane Howze. In order take that intention to reality, you will need to complete your lower division core performance prerequisites, which include 3 distinct performance methodologies, voice and speech, as well as movement for actors. Once you’ve completed all 15 units of prerequisite training, you will audition for the Performance Option.

If you are considering transferring to our department from another four-year institution, junior college or community college, please remember our single Theatre Department Specific Admission Requirement for Transfer Students: All transfer applicants will not be admitted without an equivalent for THEA 114A, our fundamentals of acting course for majors. You might also consider completing one or more of the transfer suggestions, which include Script Analysis, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Costume Design and Stage Management. If you have any questions about transfer substitutions, equivalencies or articulation, please visit the Assist transfer tool. ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. Once you’ve joined the department, our advisor will sit down with you and analyze your transcripts so as to find the best use for all of your transferred units.

Any questions? If you have questions or concerns about applying to the Department of Theatre Arts, please feel to contact our staff advisor, Adriane Howze, or our faculty advisor, Josh Nathan.

After Admission

Once admitted, don’t forget to make an appointment for S.O.A.R. and the Theatre Arts New Student Orientations & Auditions. Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), is a comprehensive orientation workshop to help newly admitted students transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All new undergraduate students are required to attend SOAR before registering for classes. Please visit the S.O.A.R. website for more. We also ask that all new majors attend the Theatre Arts New Student Orientations & Auditions, which are held on Convocation Day, the Friday before classes begin in the Theatre Arts Building.

All Freshman will audition solely as an opportunity to be seen by the performance and faculty directors before the journey begins. Transfer students will take advantage of then same opportunity; however, transfer auditions, along with analysis of prior performance training, will help us place you in the level of actor training most beneficial, academically and artistically. The vast majority of transfers are placed in THEA 114B. Technical students, freshman or transfer, will share portfolios and tour the facilities. We look forward to meeting you all and to seeing your work!

How to Apply- Major Specific Admission Requirements


Incoming freshmen

Incoming freshmen interested in Theatre Arts can apply for any one of our three programs.

Freshmen applying into the Performance option are admitted as "Pre- Performance." There is no audition requirement for incoming freshman applicants.

During their first few semesters at CSULB, students should complete lower-division general education requirements as well as the lower-division THEA courses.

For more information regarding the University admissions process, please visit the University Admissions website.

Incoming transfer students

In addition to the University admissions requirements, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  1. Minimum Cumulative GPA:  2.50
  2. Required lower-division preparation courses or articulated equivalents with a minimum grade of “C” or better:
  3. THEA 114A -  Fundamentals of Acting

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  1. Written Communication
  2. Oral Communication
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Mathematics

For more information regarding the University admissions process, please visit the University Admissions website

Please contact Undergraduate Advisor Adrian Howze for more information.