The Theatre Major The theatre major provides students with a solid artistic and academic background. The required lower-division courses equip the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for more advanced study in each of the areas of study. The major is structured so that it can respond both to the needs of students who seek a broad-based "liberal arts" education in theatre or to the needs of students who plan to pursue their studies at the graduate level with the aim of acquiring either an M.F.A. or Ph.D. degree. Students should meet with the department's undergraduate adviser as soon as practical (but no later than the quarter in which they declare a theatre major) in order to plan an appropriate individual course of study.
At least 50 percent of all required course work in theatre must be taken at UCSD. Units of theatre practicum (THPR or TDPR), or their equivalent, completed elsewhere do not normally satisfy the theatre department's requirements. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade. No course for which a student earns a grade lower than C- can be counted as satisfying any of the department's graduation requirements.
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Performance and Production: Opportunities in Theatre Productions
Undergraduates may audition for all shows produced in the department. Undergraduates are frequently cast in these productions and have often played substantial roles. In addition, the department produces a faculty-directed undergraduate production on the mainstage. The cast, designers, and crew are undergraduates.
Additional opportunities exist for graduate and undergraduate students to produce and/or perform in plays and other events in the department's Studio Theatre.
There will be one undergraduate Studio Project slot each quarter. This is an opportunity for undergraduates to gain production experience by participating in the creation of a faculty-directed studio production of an existing playscript or playscript in development (new play).
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