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Study, perform, and work in all genres of theatre and dance, including technical design and artistic direction

Theatre arts majors work closely with staff mentors and faculty to hone their skills in acting, dance, design, directing, playwriting, and historical studies. Lectures, studio courses, labs, and productions prepare students for careers in professional theatre and dance companies, film, television, arts administration, or teaching. In addition to the academic program, Santa Clara University has a thriving center of performing arts, which creates numerous opportunities for hands-on experience, bringing to life exciting works that are widely attended by the campus and local communities.

Interested in double majoring? Visit our double majors page.

Major - Theatre Emphasis

Lower Division

Defining the Performing Artist (9)
Introduction to Performance Collaboration (10)
Acting (24)

Introduction to Design (30)

One course from the following:
     Introduction to Production (31) or
     Costume Construction (32) or
     Stage Lighting (33)

Critical Perspectives in Performance A (41A)
Critical Perspectives in Performance B (42B)

 

 

 

 

Upper Division

One of the following theatre history courses: (110, 112, 113, 119, 161, or 167)

One course from the following:
     Teaching the Performing Arts (DANC 159) or
     Social Justice and the Arts (DANC 189)
Dramaturgy (185)
Three approved 5 unit upper division theatre or dance electives (within at least two areas of specialization: acting, design/technical, directing, history/literature, playwriting)
Production Workshop 4 units required (39/139)

Senior Project: may be fulfilled by one of the following courses:
     192, 195, 196, 197 (see description to the right)

Major - Dance Emphasis

Lower Division

Defining the Performing Artist (9)
Introduction to Performance Collaboration (10)
Dance History (67)

Introduction to Design (30)

Jazz III (42) or Ballet III (45)
     Prerequisite: Jazz II (41) or
     Ballet II (44) or
     permission of instructor

Modern III (48)
     Prerequisite: Modern II (47) or
     permission of instructor

One course from the third discipline not yet taken:
     (Ballet or Jazz) at level I, II or III
Dance Composition (49)

 

Upper Division

Choreography (143)
Advanced Modern Dance I (146)
Two additional advanced technique courses:
     (140, 141, 142, 145, 147 or 148)
One of the following courses:
     African American Dance History (162) or
     Women in Dance History (166)
One of the following courses:
     Teaching the Performing Arts (159) or
     Social Justice and the Arts (189)
Production Workshop (THTR 39/139)

 


Senior Project: may be fulfilled by one of the following courses:
     DANC 192 or DANC 193
     (see description to the right)