BA General Theatre Arts

The School of Theatre, Television, and Film provides high quality education for undergraduate students that emphasizes excellence in the arts and technology, grounded in conceptual and historical foundations. A BA General Theatre Arts major has the most flexibility and scope so that interested students can explore a wide range of topics to customize their education.

Review the Undergraduate Degree Learning Outcomes

How to Apply

Cal State Apply window: October 1- November 30

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 Arts (662504)”

For deadlines for the upcoming term(s), please refer to the university’s Office of Admissions How and When to Apply page.

The Theatre major is designated as an Impacted program. Students first declare as Theatre pre-majors. To be considered for advancement into the General Theatre Arts emphasis students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete THEA 100, 120, 130, and TFM 160 with a grade of C or higher
  2. Complete THEA 111, 205 and 240 with a passing grade
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher

For more information contact the Theatre Advisor:

Dr. Katie (Laura) Turner
619-594-4936
laura.turner@sdsu.edu
DA 204

Curriculum


PREPARATION for the Major: Lower Division Requirements

- TFM 160 - Cinema as Art, 3 units
- THEA 100 - The Art of Theatre, 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 240 - Theatre Design and Technology I, 3 units

MAJOR: Upper Division Requirements

- THEA 325 - Script Analysis , 3 units
- TFM 359 - Directing I, 3 units
- THEA 442 A/B - Practicum in Theatrical Production (Scenery or Costumes), 2 units
- THEA 446A - Practicum in Performance (Running Crew-Sets, Lights), 2 units
- THEA 446B - Practicum in Performance (Running Crew-Costumes), 2 units
- THEA 460 A or B - History of Theatre, 3 units

And: ELECTIVE AREAS 15 Units

5 Elective courses to be completed from the following 4 categories:


Applied Theatre and Performance, a minimum of 3 units selected from:

- THEA 310 - Creative Drama, 3 units
- THEA 315 - Theatre for Young Audiences , 3 units
- THEA 332 - Acting III, 3 units
- THEA 350 - Musical Theatre Performance I , 3 units
- THEA 351 - Musical Theatre Performance II , 3 units
- THEA 431 - Workshop in Improvisational Acting, 3 units
- THEA 459 - Directing II, 3 units
- THEA 533A - Theories & Styles in Acting and Directing, 3 units

Critical Inquiry, a minimum of 3 units selected from:

- THEA 525 - Dramaturgy, 3 units

Design & Technical, minimum of 2-3 units selected from:

- THEA 349 - Theatrical Makeup, 2 units
- THEA 440 - Scene Design I , 3 units
- THEA 447 - Lighting Design I , 3 units
- THEA 448 - Theatre Technology , 2 units
- THEA 452 - Costume Design I, 3 units
- THEA 548 - Sound Design for the Theatre, 3 units
- THEA 549 - Lighting and Sound Technology, 2 units
- THEA 553 - Technical Direction , 3 units
- THEA 554 A - Costume Design Technology , 2 units

Management, a minimum of 3 units selected from:

- THEA 335 - Stage Management-Theory , 3 units
- THEA 336 - Stage Management-Practicum , 3 units
- THEA 345 - Theatre Marketing and Publicity, 3 units
- THEA 470 - Facility Operations and Management for Theatre, 3 units
- THEA 476 - Event Coordination & the Entertainment Industry, 3 units

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:
Undergraduate Catalog
Graduate Bulletin

For more information, contact the Academic Advisor:

Dr. Katie (Laura) Turner
619-594-4936
laura.turner@sdsu.edu
DA 204