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Jefferson Middle School Monthly. Photo: Jim Carmody (2019)The Jefferson Middle School Monthly (2019). Photo: Jim Carmody.

Theatre + Dance Academic Programs

Undergraduate Studies

UC San Diego's Department of Theatre and Dance offers Undergraduate program with majors and minors in Theatre, majors and minors in Dance, and a double major in both Theatre and Dance. The liberal arts curriculum is based on the belief that a good undergraduate education in theatre should provide the student with a solid background in dramatic literature and the aesthetics and history of theatrical performance as well as exposure to the different artistic components of theatrical art -- performance, playwriting, and design. Finally, such an education should incorporate participation in the production process itself.

Learn more about the UC San Diego's Theatre + Dance Bachelor of Arts programs


Graduate Studies

Consistently ranked among the top graduate Theatre training programs in the country, UC San Diego's Department of Theatre & Dance offers Master of Fine Arts degrees in Acting, Dance, Directing, Design (Costume, Lighting, Scenic, Sound), Stage Management, and Playwriting, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theatre and Drama offered in conjunction with UC Irvine. The Theatre & Dance department also shares a close relationship with the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, in residence on the UC San Diego campus, where MFA candidates are provided professional residencies. 

Learn more about the UC San Diego's Theatre + Dance MFA and PhD programs