Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Undergraduate General Theatre Track
The Undergraduate General Theatre Track focuses on three broad areas:
1. Theatre literature, history, theory, and criticism
2. Performance, design, direction, technology, and writing
Students begin their studies by examining all the elements that go into creating theatre and then gradually focus more attention on their particular area of interest.
Undergraduate Film Making Track
The Undergraduate Film Making Track is for students interested in a practical and well rounded education in filmmaking. Through the track’s main sequence, students will learn about and participate in the preproduction, production, and post production processes. Students will take their own ideas and develop them from script to screen. This track covers all concentrations in the filmmaking profession, from screenwriting, to cinematography, to editing. Other required courses in the track focus on screenwriting, editing, lighting, production design, and acting for the camera. Using the skills acquired by this practical education, students will be prepared to work in the contemporary world of filmmaking.
Undergraduate Writing Track
The Undergraduate Writing Track is for those students who are primarily interested in pursuing the goal of writing for theatre, film, or television. This track also focuses on three broad areas with special emphasis on playwriting and screenwriting. Students in the Writing Track are able to take advantage of the Department’s active production program, which is essential to the training of playwrights and screenwriters.
Students may choose to minor in Theatre while pursuing a major in a different department. The minor in Theatre follows the structure of the major requirements by exposing students to each of the areas that are essential to the creation of theatre, with the opportunity to take an additional course for depth or more exposure. The inclusion of THEA 170 (Advanced Dramatic Production) gives the students the opportunity to put course work into the proper context and provides them with a practical understanding of the workings of production.
The Theatre Department encourages students to participate in the Education Abroad Program (EAP). Students should plan study abroad well in advance to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program at UCR. Consult the departmental student affairs officer for assistance. For further details visit UCR’s International Services Center at internationalcenter.ucr.edu or call (951) 827-4113. Students can also search for programs by specific areas here.
University Degree Requirements
General university requirements are university-wide and must be satisfied by all undergraduate students.
Students must fulfill all breadth requirements of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. For a detailed list of these requirements and a summary of units, see the Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in the General Catalog.