The Theater Arts Department combines drama, dance, critical studies, and theater design/technology to offer students an intensive, unified undergraduate program. The lower-division curriculum requires a range of practical work in various subdisciplines and a rigorous exposure to the history of drama, design, and dance. At the upper-division level, students are given the opportunity to focus on an area of interest within the discipline in limited-enrollment studios and through direct interaction with faculty.
NOTE: The 2020-21 academic year began with remote instruction and no access to Theater Arts Department facilities in compliance with the university's COVID-19 policy; however, this might change before the academic year is over. Please see the UCSC COVID-19 policy and information Roadmap to Recovery site.
Study and Research Opportunities
Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
High School Preparation
High school students who plan to pursue our major or either of our minorsneed no special preparation other than the courses required for UC admission.
Information for Transfers
Transfer students may petition to have equivalent courses taken at other schools count toward the major requirements. During the first quarter on campus, transfer students may declare the major after completing an academic study plan with the Theater Arts Advisor (please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment).
Petition forms and information on courses and major requirements may be obtained at the department office, J106 Theater Arts Center.
Careers and Internships
- Costume design
- Stage design
- Stage management
These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.
The Theater Arts Center contains a 500-seat thrust stage, a state-of-the-art black box experimental theater, and a 200-seat proscenium theater. Also in the center are well-appointed acting/directing and dance studios, costume, scene, and properties shops, a sound recording room, a computer lab, and a metal shop. At the entrance of campus is the department-affiliated and student-run 150-seat Barn Theater.
General Catalog Information
Please see our Catalog Statement forTheater Arts Major declaration and degree completion requirementsand for Theater Arts Minor and Dance Minor requirements.
J106 Theater Arts Center
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Catalog Program Statement