Theatre Arts

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Theater Arts Handout (pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? The Theatre Arts curriculum is designed to be 'hands-on' and 'student-driven'. To us, this means that in all main-stage productions all aspects of design, construction, and management are accomplished by students. We encourage you to get involved as soon as you come to campus...or maybe before. There are a few different levels of production support in addition to our main-stage productions, so everyone has a chance to participate in some way.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: Theatre BA Planning Sheet
When should I first meet with my major department?
We encourage EVERY student, no matter your year in school, to introduce yourself to the teachers in the areas in which you are most interested and your advisor as soon as possible.
Typically we have an introductory and advising meeting for the entire department on the first Tuesday of each semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? All students can visit the School of Theatre & Dance website (under the ADVISING tab) to determine who their advisor will be during their time at SF State. Then go to the PEOPLE tab to find their contact information. This can be done at any time, but we encourage all incoming students to reach out to their advisor ASAP...even before the semester begins.
Where can I find information about major advising? Our website ( has advising information under the ADVISING tab, including how to figure out who is your advisor. There are "degree planning worksheets" aka DPWs available for each of our emphases on the ADVISING tab (look for the 'worksheets' link on the left sidebar). Hard copies of the DPWs are also available in the main office (Creative Arts 103).
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Leave room in your schedule for the ones that we encourage you to take. If there is a waiting list for the class, put yourself on it. Then immediately email the professors of the courses you wish to add. Introduce yourself and let them know you would really like to take their course. Some professors will send you a permission number to add the class right away, others may want or need to wait for the first day of class. Plan to attend the class(es) you want to add.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Theatre Arts majors start their major requirements as soon as they are on campus. So if you hear SF State orientation staff talking about "getting your GE out of the way" in the first two years...they aren't talking to you. Theatre Arts majors NEED to be in AT LEAST a few Theatre Arts courses each semester to get the most out of the degree and have the most opportunities to participate in production.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? TH A 101...and if you have not taken any technical theatre classes: TH A 205, TH A 210 or 212 or 213 (TH A 205 is the prerequisite for these).
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? No.
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?
There should be no automatic holds. If you have an issue, always contact your advisor first. 
If they are unable to help come to the main office (Creative Arts 103) to ask Victoria Giari our Academic Office Coordinator or email Kim Schwartz, the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance (
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, in Theatre Arts/Drama

[Click here for ADT Roadmap]

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
Priority courses are: TH A 101, TH A 130, TH A 205
If any of the former courses are not available: TH A 125, TH A 223
Note: TH A 130 completes GE Area C1
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? No.



College of Liberal and Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

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