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B.A. in Drama

Drama began with the greatest literature ever written—Theatre—and the practice of Drama is a hands-on collaboration that involves real-time interactions with other artists and displaying the results of your work to real-life audiences.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: Fall quarter admission
Tuition Fee: $ 45,540 
Location: IrvineCAUnited States

A drama major is part of a larger education that will include close consideration of world history and politics; human psychology and desire; music, dance, literature and art; visual and aural aesthetics, and both ancient and contemporary technologies of communication.

While studying acting, directing, design, music theatre, playwriting, stage management, theatre production, and more, students also have hands-on involvement in various UCI productions.

Also, two outstanding professional theatre companies are close at hand: the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, only ten minutes from campus, and the Laguna Playhouse in the nearby art colony of Laguna Beach. And superbly equipped touring houses both on the campus (the Barclay Theatre) and in Costa Mesa (Orange County Performing Arts Center) present world theatre, national Broadway tours, and world-class symphony and opera.

UCI is less than an hour from Los Angeles/Hollywood, the film and television capital of the world and the site of more stage productions than any other city in the U.S. (yes, including New York)

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“To be, or not to be: that is the question” – William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act III, Scene I)

Courses include

  • Introduction to Theatre
  • The Rock and Roll Spectacle Show
  • Performing Rock ‘N’ Roll
  • Performance Now
  • Performing Culture
  • Culture in Performance
  • Acting
  • Movement for Actors
  • Speech for the Theatre
  • Development of Drama
  • Introduction to Costume Design
  • Introduction to Scenic Design
  • Introduction to Lighting Design
  • Introduction to Sound Design

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