Theatre Arts BA

Total Units Required: 120

Students perform on stage in a School of Arts musical.

Theatre students are provided focused, pre-professional training within the context of broad, liberal arts study. Through a program of applied studio courses, workshops, and full productions, students learn an immediately useful set of theatre skills to prepare them for entry-level professional theatre employment or advanced study in professional theatre training programs and graduate schools.

Study of textual analysis, literature, and theatre history help students place the theatre within its larger cultural context, and to think critically, reason clearly, imagine creatively, and communicate effectively about theatre and the world of which it is a part.

The BA and BFA programs share a common foundation of history, literature, and aesthetic principles:

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts is a well-balanced degree. After completing the common core classes, students select a mix of lower and upper-division electives in performance, technical theatre/design, and dramatic literature/history.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre is a prescribed degree. After completing the common core classes, students focus their studies specifically on musical theatre performance in the areas of acting, singing, and dancing.