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Undergraduate Admissions

Degree Options in Theatre Arts

  1. Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts: Acting
  2. Bachelors Degree: Theatre Arts
  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 and the Technical Theatre Option, are Bachelor of Arts degrees which require neither audition nor interview. We also offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. 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 Acting BFA is considered to be an indication of intention only. All matriculating freshman that apply as for the BFA option will be admitted as a Pre-Acting major. During the first year you will need to complete your lower division prerequisites, which include THEA 103, THEA 112, THEA 114A, and THEA 116. Once you’ve completed all 12 units of prerequisite training, you will audition for the Acting BFA in the spring semester of your first year.

If you are considering transferring to our department from another four-year institution, junior college or community college, please remember to check the Major Specific Degree Requirements for Theatre Arts or Theatre Arts BFA Acting All transfer applicants. You might also consider completing one or more of the transfer suggestions, which include Text 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.

 

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.

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 Acting BFA are admitted as "Pre- Acting." An audition will be required in the second semester of freshmen year.

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:

      General Theatre or Technical Theatre BA degrees

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

      Acting BFA degree- Please note that for transfer students this is a 3 year program.

  1. Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.50
  2.  Must earn a “C” or better, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following suite of courses:
  • ​THEA 114A
  • THEA 112
  • Two courses from the following: THEA 142, THEA 146, THEA 148, or THEA 271

     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