Theatre Major and Minor Advisement Information

Core Curriculum

You must take all of the core curriculum classes either at VUSC or another college/university. See your check sheet for a list of the core curriculum classes. If you are having trouble getting core curriculum units transferred to VUSC please talk with your advisor.

Major Requirements

You must take all the classes listed under your theatre major. Major requirements will not be waived. If you would like to discuss the possibility of substituting some other appropriate class for a major requirement, please talk to your advisor. You may only substitute an upper division course with another upper division course.

19 Unit Semester Load Limit

Theater majors have a semester load limit of 19 units. Requests for exceptions will be examined on a case by case basis and will be granted only for extreme circumstances beyond a student’s control.

124 Unit Minimum

Completing the core curriculum and major course requirements leaves you with elective units. You must take enough classes to total 124 units. Completing core curriculum and major requirements is not enough to earn a degree in theatre.

40 Unit Upper Division Minimum

You must take at least 40 units of junior/senior level courses (300/400 level). All units transferred from a junior college are considered lower division units.

24 of the Last 30 Units Minimum

At least 24 of your last 30 units must be taken in residence at VUSC.

Internships

You should take your internship in your junior or senior year. You must get the approval of your advisor and the department chair at least one full semester before the internship begins. The summer between your junior and senior years is an excellent time. Try not to do both your internship and senior project in the same semester. Fill out an internship proposal form and make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your plans. A minimum of 100 hours is required to fulfill the internship.

Classes and Credits

  • THEA 108A, B; THEA 208A, B; THEA 308A, B; THEA 408A, B Theatrical Production I – IV
    Technical/design concentration majors fulfill these units in either the scene shop, costume shop, or as a production team member in design, production crew, or front of house. You must enroll in a production unit every time you are on a crew unless you have no available units.
  • THEA 132A, B; THEA 232A, B; THEA 332A, B; THEA 432A, B Theatrical Performance I – IV
    If you are cast in one of the six mainstage productions, it is mandatory to take the Performance I – IV class for 1 unit (for theatre majors only). If you have fulfilled all 4 required performance units and are cast in a show, you must still enroll in Performance I – IV for at least 1 elective unit.
  • THEA 252 Producing/Theatre Management
    Can be taken as a freshman.
  • THEA 386 Junior Project
    Head of a production crew (sound, lighting, stage managing, house managing, props, costumes/makeup etc.). You must have this approved by the Department Chair at least one full semester before you need to do your junior project. Fill out a junior project proposal form and make an appointment with your advisor.
  • THEA 495C Senior Project
    Fill out a senior project proposal form at least one full semester before you need to do your senior project and make an appointment with your advisor. You must have completed 88 units to be an official senior.

Performance / Directing Concentration Majors

In order to be prepared for THEA 430 Directing for Theatre in the spring of your junior year, you will need to take the following classes in the listed semester:

  • Fall semester, sophomore year
    THEA 315 Scenic Design or THEA 320 Lighting Design depending on rotation
  • Spring semester, sophomore year
    THEA 309 Costume Design and THEA 207 Acting II
  • Fall semester, junior year
    THEA 315 Scenic Design or THEA 320 Lighting Design depending on rotation
  • Spring semester, junior year
    THEA 430 Directing for Theatre

Technical / Design Concentration Majors

In order to get the most from your design classes, please take them in the following order:

  • Fall semester, sophomore year
    THEA 315 Scenic Design or THEA 320 Lighting Design depending on rotation
  • Spring semester, sophomore year
    THEA 309 Costume Design
  • Fall semester, junior year
    THEA 315 Scenic Design or THEA 320 Lighting Design depending on rotation

Note: Theatre majors/minors – if during your junior or senior year, you cannot get into a required theatre course because it is closed, show up to class and the professor will add you, unless it is closed due to space limitations.

Student Showcases

If you are not cast in a mainstage show during any particular semester, please keep exercising and honing your skills by acting in a student showcase. Students need to create their own projects to fit their own creative needs. Showcases are held in the Cove. See David Pecoraro for scheduling and production guidelines.

Auditions

Auditions for shows B and C are held the 2nd class day (Thursday) from 4-6pm in the Lyceum Theater. Auditions for shows D and E will be held before Christmas break (see the season information sheet). Sign up for a 2-minute audition spot in the Theatre office. You must have one prepared (memorized) monologue from any contemporary play that showcases your strongest skills. Do not ask the department chair what monologues to use. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! READ MICHAEL SHURTLEFF”S BOOK AUDITION. Take these auditions seriously. Come prepared or you may not get cast. All people who want to sign up for crew positions need to let the Production Manager know by the end of the audition process. Note: each semester, if you are not cast, you will be assigned a production position.