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Film and Theatre, Department of

BA - Theatre Arts

The Theatre Major emphasizes a strong foundation in acting, directing, writing, design and entertainment technologies. Theatre Arts students study the history and practices of theatre with a particular emphasis on the interrelationship between theatre and contemporary performance culture. Once students complete the required, well-rounded base of core courses, students can then choose to focus more specifically with the program's elective specialization areas.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major9
TA 005. ActingC13
TA 100W. Writing Workshop: Theatre ArtsZ3
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
Requirements of the Major55
Core Courses37
TA 011. Script Analysis3
TA 017. Intermediate Acting3
TA 051A. Scenery and Props for the Performing Arts1
TA 051B. Costume for the Performing Arts1
TA 051C. Lighting & Sound for the Performing Arts1
TA 055. Intro to Design for Theatre3
TA 116. Directing3
TA 120. Theatre History3
TA 128. Scriptwriting3
TA 153. Costume Design for Performing Arts3
TA 154. Scenic Design for Performing Arts3
TA 170A. Acting and Directing for the Camera3
TA 198. Internship3
Complete a combination of 4 units from (at least 1 unit must be TA 191):
TA 117. Practice in Acting or Directing3
TA 191. Activity Projects in Theatre Production3
Major Electives18
TA 010. Theatre AppreciationC13
TA 013. Great Comedies for TheatreC23
TA 048. Voice & Movement for the ActorE3
TA 064. Make-up for Performing Arts3
TA 091. Introduction to Tech Theatre Activity3
TA 103. Musical Theatre3
TA 110. Advanced Acting3
TA 112. Rehearsal and Performance3
TA 113. Acting and Professional Career Prep3
TA 117. Practice in Acting or Directing3
TA 121. Topics in Performance History3
TA 129. Advanced Scriptwriting3
TA 131. Storytelling3
TA 151. Lighting Design for Performing Arts3
TA 153. Costume Design for Performing Arts3
TA 154. Scenic Design for Performing Arts3
TA 158. Model Making & Drafting Film & Theatre3
TA 161. Theatre Design Topics3
TA 168. Arts Management3
TA 170B. Advanced Acting and Directing for the Camera3
TA 180. Individual Studies1-3
TA 199H. Honors Program2-3
University Electives12

Total Units:120