School of Theatre, Television and Film

Theatre Arts - Emphasis in Performance

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Major in Theatre Arts, B.A., Applied Arts and Sciences

Emphasis in Performance: Acting and Musical Theatre

Prospective students wishing to major in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Performance: Acting and Musical Theatre must audition for the School of Theatre, Television, and Film either by video (YouTube or Vimeo) or in person at SDSU. Please read Audition Requirements for Performance majors.


Undergraduate Catalog Checklist

The Theatre Arts major is an impacted program. Students are admitted as Performance pre-majors, and must complete the following requirements before advancing into the major:

  • Acting/Musical Theatre majors are required to participate in General Auditions each semester, attend callbacks, and perform as cast in Department productions.
  • THEA 111, 120, 130, 231, and 240 must be completed with a grade of C or higher
  • THEA 111, 130, and 332 must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Check for prerequisites: You must have completed the prerequisites for the course for which you are registering

Check for prerequisites before registering for classes. You must have completed the stated prerequisites for the course you are registering for, OR have completed the equivalent of the prerequisite from another school if you are a transfer student.

 

PREPARATION for the Major: 21 units
__ TFM 160 - Cinema as Art, 3 units
__ THEA 111 - Voice and Movement, 3 units
__ THEA 120 - Heritage of Storytelling, 3 units
__ THEA 130 - Acting I, 3 units
__ THEA 205 - The American Musical on Stage & Screen, 3 units
__ THEA 231 - Acting II, 3 units
__ THEA 240 - Design and Technology for Theatre, 3 units
__ Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement: Passing the Writing Proficiency Assessment with a score of 10 or above, or Rhetoric and Writing 305W or 500W with a grade of C or better.

 


MAJOR: Upper Division Requirements
__ THEA 325 - Script Analysis , 3 units
__ THEA 332 - Advanced Acting, 3 units
__ THEA 355 - Movement for the Theatre, 2 units
__ THEA 446 A - Practicum in Stagecraft (Running Crew-Sets, Lights), 2 units
__ THEA 446 B - Practicum in Stagecraft (Running Crew-Costumes), 2 units
__ THEA 446 C - Practicum in Performance (maximum credit 16 units), 2 units
__ THEA 460 A - History of the Theatre, 3 units
__ THEA 460 B - History of the Theatre, 3 units


AND twelve units (12) to be selected from:
__ THEA 320A - Advanced Voice & Text for Actors, 3 units
__ THEA 350 - Musical Theatre Performance I, 3 units
__ THEA 351 - Musical Theatre Performance II, 3 units
__ THEA 359 - Directing I, 3 units
__ THEA 431 - Workshop in Improvisational Acting, 3 units
__ THEA 434 - Audition & Business Skills for the Actor, 3 units
__ THEA 435 - Acting on Camera , 3 units
__ THEA 450 - Musical Theatre Performance III, 3 units
__ THEA 451 - Musical Theatre Performance IV, 3 units
__ THEA 532 - Advanced Topics in Stage and Screen, 3 units
__ THEA 533 A-B - Theories and Styles in Acting and Directing, 3 units


AND the International Experience Requirement, to be selected from:
__ CSU/SDSU Study Abroad Program
__ ISEP Exchange Program
__ SDSU Semester Abroad Program
__ SDSU Study Travel Program
__ Theatre Independent Study Abroad, offered by an accredited institution (i.e.,  BADA, LAMDA, RADA)
__ an SDSU faculty-led trip from the College of Extended Studies
__ Health & Human Services 350 (Note: this course is usually restricted to HHS majors.)


Total Upper Division Units: 32

 

All Performance majors are required to participate in General Auditions each semester.
This checklist does not include your General Education requirements.
A minor is not required for this major.