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Fine Arts Division


Seaver College's Theatre Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, a  Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Media Production, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Music, and a Secondary Teaching Credential.

You must audition and interview to be admitted into the Theatre Program.


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Arts of Theatre Arts is designed to prepare students for immediate professional work, teaching, or graduate studies, as well as enriching the cultural environment of the University and the surrounding Malibu and Los Angeles communities.

  • Emphasis in Acting connects students to the Stanislavsky acting principles, classical authors, challenging subject matter, advanced voice and movement techniques, and prominent master teachers and celebrity artists.
  • Emphasis in Directing introduces students to the methods of new play development, deep dramaturgical analysis, and the hands-on experience of producing shows.
  • Emphasis in Production/Design brings students together with a veteran professional faculty and applies professional stage management training and current design techniques in our state-of-the-art facilities for all University productions.


First-Year Program

The theatre major should enroll in the typical first-year program as outlined in the Seaver College catalog and should enroll in Introduction to Theatre Research (THEA 201) in the first semester and Acting I (THEA 210) and Stagecraft (THEA 240) in the first year.

Course Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements, the theatre arts major must complete the core requirements listed below, plus 30 to 36 units in one of the three sequences: acting, or production/design, or directing. The program of study for each student must be developed with the concurrence of a faculty advisor.


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Media Production

Taking advantage of our geographical proximity to Hollywood, students within the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Media Production program will combine on-screen performance with behind-the-camera skills, and apply them to the production, business, and artistry of filmmaking.

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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Music combines the benefits of the distinguished faculty, leading soloists, and top studio professionals of the Pepperdine music department with the intense performance training of the Theatre Program. Students may take music-theatre dance training and as the home to one of the nation's top opera-training programs, the degree offers students the opportunity to develop superior singing skills and apply them in performance.

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Secondary Teaching Credential

Students interested in teaching theatre at the secondary level can earn an English single subject teaching credential, which also qualifies them to teach theatre in California junior and senior high schools. The English course sequence is described in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division section of the Seaver College catalog.

By enrolling in summer school, a student can graduate in four years with a California Teaching Credential in English (emphasis in theatre) by taking the required thirty units in education as part of the student's undergraduate elective courses. More information about the credential courses can be found in the Teacher Education section of the Seaver College catalog.Link to external site.


Student Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a major in Theatre should be able to:

  • Demonstrate artistic self-expression grounded in analytical thinking.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in modes of communication (visual, oral, physical, and written).
  • Articulate the ways in which theatre serves as an agent of social change.
  • Apply a code of conduct mandated by the theatre profession.