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BA in Theatre Arts

Overview

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.

Faculty

Our general students get the opportunity to work with a diverse group of talented professionals in all areas of theatre who work nationally and internationally. We have worked hard to cultivate specialists in Acting, Design, Movement, Directing, Voice, Theatre History, Stage Management, and Theatre Management.

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 start of a student’s first semester as a Theatre Arts Major, all incoming students, including transfer students (and 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.

Production Opportunities, Internships, & Professional Development

We strongly believe that the learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. That is why we strive to provide and cultivate as many opportunities as possible for our students to continue their education in a hands on way. General Majors and Minors may partake in all the same extracurricular opportunities as the Majors focusing on performance or design.

Curriculum

Lower Division Core - Take all of the following:

  • THEA 101 Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 111 Theatre Arts Showcase (1) Prerequisites: None 
  • THEA 112 Beginning Voice and Speech (3) Prerequisits: None
  • THEA 113 Fundamentals of Acting (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 116 Fundamentals of Collaboration (3) Prerequisites: 3 units of Theatre Arts or consent of instructor
  • THEA 141A Orientation to Production Crafts (3) Corequisite: THEA 140 or THEA 340
  • THEA 141B Orientation to Production Crafts (3) Corequisite: THEA 140 or THEA 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 

 

Upper Division Core - Take all of the following:

  • THEA 324 Theatre Today (3) Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing
  • THEA 327 Theatre, Protest, and Social Change (3) Prerequisites: G.E. foundation and upper-division status, Students must have scored an 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone
  • THEA 374 Fundamentals of Directing (3) Prerequisites: THEA 101 and 113 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 426 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 433 Design for Theatre (3) Prerequisites: THEA 141A and THEA 141B, or consent of instructor

 

Take four units from the following:

  • THEA 140, 240, 340, or 440 Theatre Arts Activity - Crew (1) Prerequisites: None

Take twelve units from the following: 

  • THEA 112 Beginning Voice and Speech (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 113 Fundamentals of Acting (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 212 How the World Talks (3) Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation Requirements
  • THEA 214 Intermediate Acting (3) Prerequisites: THEA 112 and 113
  • THEA 215 Introduction to Audition Techniques (3) Prerequisites: THEA 113
  • THEA 262 Beginning Movement for the Actor (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 290 Selected Topics in Theatre Arts (3) Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
  • THEA 316 Rehearsal and Performance (3) Prerequisites: THEA 113
  • THEA 318A Advanced Actor's Process (3) Prerequisities: THEA 214, THEA 316, and Admission into the Performance Option by Adjuticated Aufition, or consent of instructor
  • THEA 318B Advanced Actor's Process (3) Prerequisities: THEA 318A or consent of instructor
  • THEA 323 The Integration of Design and Performance (3) Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation Requirements
  • THEA 341 Presentation Techniques for Theatre (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 352 Foundations of Visual Expression (3) Prerequisites: upper-division standing Theatre major or minor
  • THEA 364 Stage Combat (3) Prerequisites: THEA 262 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 375 Intermediate Directing (3) Prerequisites: THEA 374 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 413 Acting for the Camera (3) Prerequisities: THEA 318A or consent of instructor
  • THEA 414 Period Scene Study (3) Prerequisities: THEA 318A or consent of instructor
  • THEA 415 Preparing for the Profession (3) Prerequisities: THEA 318A or consent of instructor
  • THEA 425 Theatre and Cinema (3) Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation Requirements, one or more Explorations Courses, or consent of instructor
  • THEA 442 Scenic Technical Skills (3) Prerequisites: THEA 141A or 142 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 447 Costume Technical Skills (3) Prerequisites: THEA 141B or 146 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 449 Sound Design for the Theatre (3)
  • THEA 462 Advanced Movement for the Actor (3) Prerequisites: THEA 262 or consent of instructor
  • THEA 476 Theatre Management (3)
  • THEA 490 Selected Topics in Theatre Arts (3) Prerequisites: consent of instructor
  • THEA 498 Selected Topics in Theatre Arts (3) Prerequisites: consent of instructor

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, lighting and stage management. 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. 

Information on applying is available.


Minor in Theatre Arts

This minor may be combined with any major at CSULB except the BA in Theatre Arts. Students are admitted to the minor after having completed a minimum of 30 units of college level coursework including all 12 units of General Education Foundation courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Requirements 

A minimum of 18 units is required for the minor. 

Take all the following: 

  • THEA 101 Fundamentals of Dramaturgy (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 221 History of Theatre and Drama to 1660 (3) Prerequisites: THEA 101 or concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor
  • THEA 222 History of Theatre and Drama Since 1660 (3) Prerequisites: THEA 221 or consent of instructor

Take one of the following: 

  • THEA 113 Introduction to Acting (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 142 Elementary Stagecraft (3) Corequisites: None 

Take six units from the following 

  • THEA 324 Theatre Today (3) Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing
  • THEA 327 Theatre, Protest, and Social Change (3) Prerequisites: G.E. foundation and upper-division status, Students must have scored an 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone
  • THEA 341 Presentation Techniques for Theatre (3) Prerequisites: None
  • THEA 344 Theatrical Makeup Design (3) Corequisite: THEA 140, 240, 340, or 440
  • THEA 352 Foundations of Visual Expression (3) Prerequisites: upper-division standing Theatre major or minor
  • THEA 365 Improvisation and Comedy (3) Prerequisites: Theatre major, minor, or consent of instructor
  • THEA 380 Playwriting (3) 
  • THEA 418 Theatre of Community Engagement (3) Prerequisites: upper-division standing or consent of instructor
  • THEA 425 Theatre and Cinema (3) Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation Requirements, one or more Explorations Courses, or consent of instructor
  • THEA 426 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3) Prerequisites: THEA 101 or 103
  • THEA 433 Design for Theatre (3) Prerequisites: Consent of instructor or any three of the following courses: THEA 142, 146, 148, or 271
  • THEA 476 Theatre Management (3) 

Information on applying is available.