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Theatre Arts

College of the Arts

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Theatre Arts - Undergraduate Programs

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.

Requirements

The Theatre Arts core is required for all majors regardless of option.

Lower Division Core: THEA 101, 111, 114A, 142, 146, 148, 201, 271.

Upper Division Core: THEA 321, 322, 324I, 374, 426.

And three (3) units of production from the following: THEA 310A, 310B, 340A, 340B, 410A, 410B, 440A, 440B.

Select 21 units from the following: THEA 112, 114B, 144, 214, 215, 262, 290, 316, 318, 341, 352, 364, 375, 413, 414, 415, 425I, 427, 433, 442, 447, 449, 451, 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, 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.

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.

Option in Performance: Acting (code THEABA02) (120 units)

Lower Division Core: THEA 101, 111, 114A, 142, 146, 148, 201, 271.

Upper Division Core: THEA 321, 322, 324I, 374, 426.

In addition to the core courses take all of the following: THEA 112, 114B, 214, 262. Select nine (9) units from the following: THEA 144, 215, 290, 312, 316, 318, 375, 413, 414, 415, 462, 476, 490, 498.

All performance majors will also fulfill four performance requirements to graduate. This requirement is met through acting, understudying, directing or assistant directing for a Mainstage or Second Stage production; acting or directing for a Showcase production; or by a special assignment approved by the performance faculty.

Option in Technical Theatre: Scenery/Costume/Lighting Design (code THEABA03) (120 units)

Lower Division Core: THEA 101, 111, 114A, 142, 146, 148, 201, 271.

Upper Division Core: THEA 321, 322, 324I, 374, 426.

In addition to the core courses take: All of the following: THEA 352, 433. Select 15 units from the following: THEA 144, 341, 342, 441, 442, 444, 446, 447, 448, 449, 451, 476, 498.

All technical theatre majors will also fulfill four production requirements in order to graduate. This requirement is met through scene, lighting, sound, costume, or makeup design or assistant design; technical direction or assistant; prop master; master painter; stage management or assistant; cutter or stitcher; or by special assignments as approved by the faculty in the appropriate area.

Minor in Theatre Arts (code THEAUM01)

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 course work including all 12 units of General Education Foundation courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Requirements

A minimum of 21 units is required for the minor.

Complete 12 units: THEA 101, 321, 322; THEA 114A or 142

Select 9 units from the following (at least 3 units must be upper division): THEA 112, 114A, 114B, 142, 146, 148, 214, 262, 316, 374, 433, 426

Recommended GE Capstone (Note: will not be counted as part of the minor): THEA 324I