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    CSU East Bay
  Sep 23, 2017
2015-2016 CSU East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts, Dance Option, B.A.

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Program Description

The Department of Theatre and Dance provides comprehensive pre-professional training in the areas of acting, directing, dance, design, theatre technology, and musical theatre. The primary goal of the program is to develop artists whose performance skills and creativity are supported by a firm background in history, literature, and aesthetics. In an environment designed to encourage creativity and self-expression, each student has opportunities to participate in various specializations within the major-acting, costuming, dance, directing, scenery, lighting, sound, creative vision, or management. Students perform regularly in a variety of theatre and dance productions.

Theatre Arts graduates acquire a range of skills. This enables them to pursue different professional options. Many have entered advanced studies in nationally recognized universities and conservatories. Some have chosen careers in teaching, while others have gone directly into theatre or dance performance. Alumni perform on professional stages around the world, including Broadway and Hollywood. Some have been nominated for Tonys, Emmys, and Oscars; and, one designer won an Emmy and Art Directors Guild award. Employers in other professions desire Theatre Arts graduates for their team skills, their imaginative approach to problems, and their ability to communicate creatively.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. communicate in writing, orally, non-verbally, and visually in their area of emphasis.
  2. conduct background research, evaluate scripts, and analyze performance for use in scholarly and performance applications.
  3. employ historical, contemporary, and cultural performance techniques, as well as production technology appropriate to their area of emphasis.
  4. reflect on performance techniques and concepts of other performers and apply high standards of reflection to their own production work.
  5. solve problems of production by creating roles, dancing, designing, managing, building, directing, or choreographing performances that address issues of life in striking and remarkable ways.

Career Opportunities

  • Actor/Actress
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Business Agent
  • Choreographer
  • College Student Services
  • Comedian
  • Corporate Officer
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Technician
  • Dancer
  • Director
  • Drama or Dance Teacher/Professor
  • Dramaturg
  • Lighting Technician
  • Make-Up Artist/Specialist
  • Non-profit Manager
  • Performing Arts Fundraiser
  • Playwright
  • Producer
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Sales Manager
  • Set Decorator
  • Set Designer
  • Sound Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Critic
  • Theatre Technician
  • Theatre Manager


The Department of Theatre and Dance produces approximately 5-8 plays and dance concerts during the year. The selection of plays exposes students to design, acting, dance, singing, directing, stage management, and technical theatre suitable to a wide variety of styles, periods, and genres from Shakespeare to American Realism and from Greek Tragedy to Modern Drama.

The department has several ensemble groups, including Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting, Inclusive Interdisciplinary, and Design/Technology, that add to a varied and challenging performance schedule. Since 1990, sixteen department productions have toured to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and three other countries as part of the summer program.

The Theatre and Dance Department is fortunate to have excellent facilities including the 460 seat University Theatre, scene shop, costume shop, a sixteen-station design/drafting studio with a separate digital lab, two studio classrooms, green room, make-up room, dressing rooms with lockers and showers, and a spacious Dance Studio.

Major Requirements (B.A.)

The Theatre Arts major consists of 75-106 units, depending upon whether or not students choose an option. The Theatre Arts major without an option consists of 75 units. The B.A. degree requires a total of 180 units.

I. Beginning Electives (16 units)

Complete three show assignments (6 units) in the first two years as follows: three Production and Performance courses (THEA 1490  through THEA 1499  and THEA 2490  through 2499 ) as defined by the Subject Area Course List.

Complete ten units in ONE of the following areas of emphasis: Dance, Acting, or Technology and Design. Unless specified, courses should be numbered below 2999, and listed in the Subject Area Course List.

A. Dance (10 units)

Five Beginning or Intermediate dance technique courses (5) (Limited to Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre, or Jazz)

B. Acting (10 units)

C. Technology and Design (10 units)

III. Advanced Electives (19 units)

Theatre History and Literature Elective (4 units)

One additional course in Theatre History and Literature (or) Dance History. Students who intend to complete the Dance Option should take DANC 4201 .

Advanced Technique Elective (6 units)

Two additional courses in advanced technique. Take courses numbered 3000 or above in ONE area of emphasis: Acting, Dance, or Technology and Design.

Production and Performance (9 units)

At least three Production and Performance courses, numbered 3000 and above, covering at least three show assignments during the final two years.

IV. Culmination and Assessment (10 units)

Each student must complete a Senior Culmination Project to include either a performance project in the Senior Festival, a written thesis, or a substantial internship. Students may substitute internship credit or thesis-related Independent Study credit for their Senior Festival courses.

Options (13-31 units)

An Option is not required. Options provide the opportunity to explore a specialized mode of theatre arts beyond the level of the basic emphasis required to graduate. Options allow sufficient depth of study to prepare for graduate school or entry-level work in a semi-professional company and involve additional work beyond the major requirements listed above. The department’s graduates have found work in professional nonprofit companies after completing an internship as part of their CSUEB program. The additional work required for an option will prove useful in obtaining a quality internship or graduate school placement, so we recommend that students complete most of their option before seeking an internship. Acceptable courses are listed in the Subject Area Course List.

Dance Option (15-30 units)

Total major units with this option: 90-105.

Complete the B.A. Theatre Arts Beginning Electives for:

the Dance Emphasis. Dance Option students may apply only Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Jazz courses at the beginning level.

If necessary,

students should take additional technique courses from the SACL at the beginning and intermediate levels to qualify for the following third/fourth year advanced technique courses.

Dance majors must take advanced technique courses from:

the following list every quarter of the third and fourth year. Complete a minimum of six courses in at least three styles. Students in these courses must pass a placement audition in the first class meeting. (6-12)

Complete two of the following:

advanced ensemble courses to apply to the B.A. Theatre Arts Advanced Electives and 1-4 additional courses to the Option by agreement with advisor. (3-12)

Other requirements:

Majors must participate in three productions for credit in the last two years to complete the Advanced Electives. Dance Option students should take the following course to meet the Advanced Elective requirement for an additional Dance History course.


Students may fulfill assignments, projects, performances, internships and service learning experiences to enhance preparation for specific careers in dance such as choreography, teaching, or performance. Students who have completed a prearranged plan will qualify for an endorsement upon graduation. Endorsement plans should be arranged in Year Three with the major advisor, dance faculty, and Chair. An endorsement plan might involve alternative assignments or additional requirements. Taking the courses in their plan qualifies a student for consideration. The dance faculty will make endorsements for superior achievement. Achievement goals should be spelled out in the plan. Endorsements will not appear on the transcript or diploma, but will be kept on file by the department. Students may plan for one or more of the following endorsements: 1) Choreography Endorsement; 2) Technique & Performance Endorsement; 3) Teaching Endorsement.

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.

Subject Area Course Lists (SACL)

Common Core-acceptable Lower Division Courses

Four-year CSUEB students should take any THEA or DANC course in a First Year General Education Cluster. Transfer students may petition the Chair to substitute a course with the following types of content: a theatre literature and history course with required reading of at least six plays, a performance appreciation course that required attendance and a review of at least four shows, a script analysis course, or a creative methods course (specifically any course that articulates with DANC 1200). Transfer students may also meet the requirement with one of the courses approved for four-year students. Substitutes require advanced approval of the Chair.


Dance History Course

Production and Performance

Technology and Design

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