Theater BA: Playwriting

At this time, prospective students cannot choose the Playwriting Sequence. Applicants interested in the Playwriting Sequence should apply to the program via Integrated Studies.

The playwriting classes at UCLA do not have any one particular philosophical focus — rather, a series of techniques and ideas are taught. The objective is for a playwriting student to be able to find what works best for him/her or what works best for a particular situation.

The UCLA Theater program is not a training conservatory and is not for the student who is eager to begin working professionally right away. For those persons we recommend one of the acclaimed BFA conservatory training programs found across the country. The UCLA Theater program is for the student who sees him/herself as a scholar/artist — one who is eager to learn and wants a great university education from one of the world's major research institutions. Roughly half of the student's classes are in subjects other than theater. This education will prepare the graduate to be an informed citizen of an increasingly complex world, an original and critical thinker, as well as providing one of the best theater educations offered in the country.

The undergraduate playwriting sequence of courses begins in the sophomore year, with Theater 30: Dramatic Writing. Students will also fill their schedule with Theater History 101A, B, C; general elective courses; complete the Writing II requirement; and select writing, literature, and drama courses from the English department as well as other departments on campus.

In the junior year, playwriting students complete a sequence of three courses over the three quarters: 130A: Fundamentals of Playwriting, 131A: Play Strategies and Styles, 131B: The One-Act Play.

The playwriting sequence concludes in the fall quarter of the senior year with 131C: The Full-Length Play.

Students admitted to the Theater major via Integrated Studies may pursue courses in the playwriting sequence. However, no one is guaranteed a place in the playwriting classes each quarter. All sequence classes require instructor consent to enroll. The faculty may elect to not continue a student in the sequence at any time. This could be due to poor performance, poor citizenship (excessive absences, not working up to the standards of the class, poor grades in the class, etc.). In this situation the student would still graduate with a degree in Theater (providing that s/he completes the degree requirements), but without a sequence.

Like all other theater undergraduate sequences, playwriting is not a "major." All undergraduates in the theater program are Theater majors and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.

All Theater undergraduate students (from any sequence) may audition for most departmental undergraduate productions.

Please note that students in the UCLA Theater department cannot change from their sequence into the acting or musical theater sequences.