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BA in Theatre Performance

MFA in Musical Theatre
MFA in Design and Technology

San Diego State University has thriving graduate MFA degree programs in Musical Theatre
and Design and Technology, as well as an energetic undergraduate BA degree program in Theatre Performance.

Video auditions are required for acceptance into both the MFA in Musical Theatre MFA and the BA in Theatre Arts, and a portfolio review for the MFA in Design and Technology. This Acceptd site is the platform where you submit your video or portfolio. However, this is ONLY ONE PART OF THE APPLICATION.  You will also need to apply to SDSU through Cal State Apply.  Both your Acceptd submission and your Cal State Apply application are required for admission to SDSU.

Which degree is right for you?

Are you a high school senior or a potential transfer student? Are you looking for an undergraduate degree that combines great training and maximum flexibility?

If yes, then the SDSU BA in Theatre Performance degree might be right for you.

Our BA in Theatre Performance degree prepares students for excellence in every aspect of theatre with a myriad of performance opportunities!  Our program is structured to involve students in all aspects of theatre while giving the flexibility to students to choose their own path of discovery. Within this degree, you can train in acting, musical theatre, or your own combination of both.

Theatre is an immensely rewarding major.  Through the art of theatre, we experience works of some of the greatest writers, thinkers, and artists our civilization has ever known. Employers actively seek the skills offered by theatre degree: creative thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, a goal-oriented approach to projects, superior communication skills, and ability to handle deadline pressures, effective time-management, and independent thinking and initiative.

Do you already have a bachelors’ degree? And are you looking for a terminal degree in musical theatre so that you can improve your own skills and perhaps someday teach this amazing art form at the university level?

If yes, then the MFA in Musical Theatre might be right for you.

The MFA in Musical Theatre has helped hundreds of students establish life-long careers as leaders in the world of musical theatre.  Many of our graduates have gone on to teach in musical theatre programs in schools and universities worldwide, while others have gone on to become professional performers, directors, choreographers, music directors, producers, casting agents, and writers. 

This degree program only accepts students every other year, so applications for the class of 2024 will open in October 2021.

Do you already have a bachelors' degree?  And are looking for a terminal degree in design and technology to achieve the artistry and skills necessary to become a practicing professional in the fields of theatre, television, and/or film?

If yes, then the MFA in Design and Technology might be right for you.

The MFA in Design and Technology in the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University has emphases in scenic, costume, lighting, and projection design and technology as well as technical direction. 

A balance of theoretical coursework, studio work, and production enable our students to succeed. Direct exposure to the diverse and richly active theatre life in San Diego and the surrounding Southern California area is an important element of the program. Students work with theatre professionals both inside and outside the academic environment. The MFA in Design and Technology at San Diego State University provides the essential education, technical training, and creative experience necessary for professional careers or college-level teaching.

The MFA in Design and Technology program accepts students every fall.

The School of Theatre, Television, and Film practices policies of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access in student recruitment and advising, faculty/staff hiring, and mentoring.

For questions regarding these SDSU degree programs:
BA in Theatre Performance (acting option): Prof. Peter Cirino - pcirino@sdsu.edu
BA in Theatre Performance (musical theatre option): Prof. Robert Meffe - rmeffe@sdsu.edu
MFA in Musical Theatre: Prof. Robert Meffe - rmeffe@sdsu.edu
MFA in Design and Technology - Prof. Anne E. McMills - amcmills@sdsu.edu