For students interested in musical theatre at SDSU, our BA in Musical Theatre combines excellent musical theatre training taught by Broadway professionals with the flexibility of taking many different classes within the School of Theatre, Television, and Film and throughout the university. We know that a successful career rewards diversity of experience and entrepreneurial thinking and we want to help you achieve your goals.
SDSU is a “SDSU a Top ‘Best Value’ College in Rankings Based on Cost of Attending and Future Earnings" according to the Wall Street Journal, and employers actively seek the skills offered by a theatre degree: creative thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, a goal-oriented approach to projects, superior communication skills, an ability to handle deadline pressures, effective time-management, and independent thinking and initiative.
SDSU is also home to the MFA Program in Musical Theatre. This graduate degree is one of only a handful in the country where students learn the art of performing and teaching musical theatre. As an undergraduate performance major, you are taught not only by the faculty but also mentored by professional actors who are studying for their graduate degrees.
Cal State Application Deadline is November 30
Acceptd Application Deadline is December 31
Prospective students wishing to major in Musical Theatre must audition. Students who wish to apply to SDSU with a General Theatre Arts emphasis are not required to audition.
For prospective performance majors, the application is a two-step process:
SDSU is a member of the Musical Theater Common Prescreen (MTCP). The Musical Theater Common Prescreen is an agreed upon set of criteria used for the videos that are required as part of the application process to musical theater programs. These institutions settled on given guidelines to initiate a streamlined process for both applicants and schools as well as to promote inclusivity in the admittance process.
Each piece should be uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos. Students are encouraged to use standard technology/recording devices that are available to them (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc).
There should not be a separate introduction or “slate” video. Instead, “slates” are to appear at the beginning of each piece and included as part of the time allotment.
Students should prepare two contrasting pieces.
Students should prepare 1 monologue
There is a non-refundable application fee of $35 that must be paid at the time of your Acceptd audition upload.
If the $35 application fee is burdensome, there is a limited amount of scholarship assistance to help defray this cost. Please contact Robert Meffe for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are denied admission based on your performance audition, you cannot apply to SDSU again until the following academic year.
For questions about the audition process, please contact:
Prof. Robert Meffe - email@example.com
For more information contact the Academic Advisor:
The Theatre Arts major is an impacted program. Students are admitted as Musical Theatre pre-majors, and must complete the following requirements before advancing into the major:
Students must satisfy the following requirements before advancing from pre-major into the major:
PREPARATION for the Major
- 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 - American Musical on Stage & Screen , 3 units
- THEA 231 - Acting II, 3 units
- THEA 240 - Design and Technology for Theatre, 3 units
MAJOR Upper Division Requirements
- THEA 325 - Script Analysis , 3 units
- THEA 350 - Musical Theatre Performance I , 3 units
- THEA 351 - Musical Theatre Performance II , 3 units
- THEA 450 - Musical Theatre Performance III , 3 units
- THEA 451 - Musical Theatre Performance IV , 3 units
- THEA 446A - Practicum in Performance (Running Crew-Sets, Lights), 2 units
- THEA 446B - Practicum in Performance (Running Crew-Costumes), 2 units
- THEA 446C - Practicum in Performance (Cast Member main season production or equivalent faculty-led experience), 2 units
- THEA 465 - Theatre of Diversity, 3 units
AND nine units (9) to be selected from:
- THEA 320A - Advanced Voice & Text for Actors, 3 units
- THEA 332 - Acting III, 3 units
- THEA 335 Stage Management-Theory, 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 460 A - History of Theatre, 3 units
- THEA 460 B - History of Theatre, 3 units
- THEA 515 - Playwriting, 3 units
- THEA 533A - Theories & Styles in Acting and Directing, 3 units
A minimum of eight units in dance to be selected from:
- THEA 353 Musical Theatre Dance (may be repeated to fulfill the Dance requirement)
- THEA 355 Movement for the Theatre I
- DANCE 190 Somatic Movement Practices I
- DANCE 221 Ballet I
-DANCE 242 Dance Techniques I
- DANCE 243 Applied Dance Techniques
- DANCE 421 Ballet II
- DANCE 443 Applied Dance Techniques II
A minimum of three units in dance to be selected from:
- MUSIC 105 Introduction to Elements of Music
- MUSIC 106A Introduction to Aural Skills I
- MUSIC 106B Introduction to Aural Skills II
- MUSIC 110A Piano - Elementary Class Instruction MUSIC 110B Piano - Elementary Class Instruction
For additional curriculum details, please consult the following: