Undergraduate Theater BA
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater provides a liberal arts education and pre-professional training in a comprehensive program that uniquely combines the study of the arts, humanities and sciences with exploration of the principle areas of theater practice.
The program is designed to insure that students graduate with a sound humanistic and experiential base for further pursuits in education and in life beyond the university.
The comprehensive program in theater combines a critical study of theater with experiential practice in one or more of its component parts. Students explore the various areas of theater to build a foundation for future creative work.
Students may apply to the Theater Major as freshman or transfer students.
Undergraduate Theater Elective Sequences:
You can view a video of students from our Theater undergraduate program below.
To receive Dean's Honors in the School of Theater, Film and Television, you must have at least 12 graded units per term with a grade-point average of 3.8 for less than 16 units of work (3.7 GPA for 16 or more units.) The honor is posted on your transcript for the appropriate term. You are NOT eligible for Dean's Honors in any given term, if you receive an Incomplete or Not Passed (NP) grade, change a grade or repeat a course.
Honors at graduation are awarded to students with superior grade point averages. To be eligible, you must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California.Questions?
If you have any other questions, please see the FAQ, call 310-206-8441, or send an email to theaterundergrad@.tft.ucla.edu.
At the upper division level, students choose from an array of advanced elective courses allowing them to specialize in an area such as acting, design, or musical theater.The four-year degree program consists of five sets of curricular requirements:
- Theater Major Requirements
- General Education Requirements in conjunction with this Course List
- School of Theater, Film, and Television Requirements
- University Requirements
- Theater Elective Sequence Requirements (Acting, Design / Production, Directing, Integrated Studies, Musical Theater, Playwriting)
In the first year of the program students are immersed in the "freshman experience" (fall and winter quarters). In the fall quarter all freshman are together for:
- Tai Chi
- Theater 12 Introduction to Performance
- Theater 13 Play Reading and Analysis
- Theater 14a Scenic Design
All freshmen are encouraged to take ballet in the first year! The department counselors will enroll all theater freshmen in their classes and studios. In the fall quarter freshmen are not allowed to take any courses other than these.In addition to the above, in the winter quarter, all theater freshmen are together for:
- Theater 11 Approaches to Interpretation of Theater and Performance
- Theater 14b Costume Design
Freshmen can add Theater 15 directing, ballet, and perhaps a general elective course (or two) to their class lists.
In the spring quarter, all theater freshmen take Theater 14c Lighting Design. They can also include Theater 160 Advanced Directing, and ballet. In this quarter freshmen are highly encouraged to take general elective courses and other university and school requirements for a minimum of 12 units.
In the sophomore year students are required to take a year of theater history as well as begin their elective (acting, design, playwriting, etc.) sequence courses (acting classes begin in the winter quarter of the sophomore year and continue on through the spring quarter of the senior year). Also, students continue to take classes which fulfill their other requirements as described in the list above. Students are expected to have completed half of their general elective courses by the end of the sophomore year.
Theater students also must begin their crew assignments in the sophomore year. Four crews (8 units total) are required. Four of these units can be satisfied by acting in certain productions.
All Theater students who enter the program as freshmen are required to participate in a four-to six-week intensive Summer Undergraduate Theater Laboratory between the sophomore and junior years at UCLA. Depending on the student’s elective sequence, each laboratory offers courses, workshops, and master classes which focus specifically on areas of concentration. The Summer Undergraduate Theater Laboratory is a complete immersion experience in a highly intense learning environment that integrates performance, technique, and research classes.
The junior and senior years build upon the sophomore year with more advanced courses in each of the sequences.
Junior transfer students must take the year-long theater history course series in the junior year if they do not transfer in with an upper division equivalent. Junior transfer students might also find that they have to "make-up" certain UCLA theater freshmen courses if they do not transfer in with an equivalent course from their previous college(s).
If you are a UCLA student and interested in changing your major to Theater, please click here.
The UCLA Department of Theater accepts applications once a year for the Fall Quarter only, at both the freshman and transfer level. The admissions information below is for Fall 2017.
Required to Apply to the Theater Major
- Submit UC Application
- Complete the University of California Application for Undergraduate Admission.
- Must be completed online November 1 – November 30, 2016.
- Indicate Theater as the First Choice Major.
- Select an Area of Interest (Elective Sequence) in Theater.
- For more information about UCLA Undergraduate Admissions, go to: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/
- Please note that the UC Application ID number is needed to schedule an Interview/Audition appointment.
- Applicants will be contacted ONLY if more information is needed and an Interview/Audition will be required.
- (An Interview/Audition is not always required for admittance. Therefore, not all Applicants will be contacted.)
- Please go to the UCLA Department of Theater Interview/Audition site for more information and a schedule of dates.
- Review the specific Interview/Audition Requirements to prepare for your area of interest, in the event you are contacted for an Interview/Audition.
- For Interview/Audition questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 206-4418.
UCLA Change of Major Applicants
Current UCLA students interested in changing majors to Theater, please click here.
If you have application/programmatic questions, please contact email@example.com or (310) 206-8441.
If you have interview/audition questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 206-4418.
For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents interested in receiving financial aid in the 2017-2018 academic year, note that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline for UCLA is March 2, 2017. Applicants must complete the FAFSA by this date if they want to be eligible for all awards, work-study, and fellowships that UCLA offers.
For Prospective Students:
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 310-206-8441
- Office: 103 East Melnitz Hall
For Current Students:
Theater Counselors: Barrett Korerat and Catherine Hernandez-Shibata
For Interview/Audition Questions:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 310-206-4418