The B.A. degree in Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Design and Technology provides a well-rounded student experience for the designer and technician interested in the three industries of theatre, television, and film. Not only does the program provide a solid foundation, but it also allows the flexibility for a student to focus on an area of interest, such as scenic design/production design, lighting design, costume design and technology, projection design, technical direction, and many others. In addition to providing many varied electives from which to choose, the emphasis also allows for exciting growth opportunities, such as an internship or study abroad experience. Very few universities offer this special combination of theatre, television, and film experience under one roof! Joining the unique emphasis of Design and Technology will enable the student to gain many marketable skills and become in demand after graduation.
Review the Undergraduate Degree Learning Outcomes
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To apply for undergraduate admission to SDSU, you need to apply online at CalState Apply.
At the time of the application, select your Pre-Major as “Theatre – Design and Technology (662554
For deadlines for the upcoming term(s), please refer to the university’s Office of Admissions website and How and When to Apply page.
Upon initial admittance to the Theatre Arts program, students who declare an Emphasis in Design and Technology are designated as “pre-majors”. To be advanced from pre-major into the major and officially “enter the emphasis” of Design and Technology, each student must complete the following:
A transfer student who wishes to qualify for major status may do so at the end of his or her first semester, and should include a letter of support from the student’s previous college or university if no design work is available.
For more information contact the Theatre Advisor or contact the Undergraduate Design Advisor:
Dr. Katie Turner
PREPARATION for the Major: Lower Division Requirements
MAJOR Requirements: Upper Division Requirements
ELECTIVE AREA 1
Select (6) units from the following courses
International Experience Option
An international experience may be substituted for (3) units from Elective Area 1.
With your advisor’s approval, you may select from:
___ an SDSU faculty-led trip from the College of Extended Studies
___ CSU/SDSU Study Abroad Program
___ ISEP Exchange Program (such as Birmingham City University)
___ SDSU Semester Abroad Program (such as Kent, Canterbury)
___ SDSU Study Travel Program
___ Theatre Independent Study Abroad, offered by an accredited institution
ELECTIVE AREA 2
Select (4) units from the following courses
This checklist does not include your General Education requirements.
A minor is not required for this major.
For additional curriculum details, please consult the following:
For more information, contact the Academic Advisor:
Dr. Katie Turner