Theatre students in performance

CSUF students have a myriad of opportunities to experience the theatre profession in and around the university. Thirty miles east of downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, CSUF is a warm, friendly campus nestled between the mountains and the ocean in the personable haven of Fullerton in Southern California. The Department is in close proximity to major regional theatres, and borders Southern California's major film and television studios, over 100 producing theatres, and the nation's premiere theme parks (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags, Universal Studios, etc.)

University Admissions

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International Admissions
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Undergraduate Information: Acting and Musicial Theatre (for other concentrations, please contact the Department of Theatre & Dance 657-278-3628)


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Musical Theatre
Information for Transfer Students

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Graduate Information: Acting, Directing, and Design & Technical Production

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MFA Frequently Asked Questions

The MFA in Directing is also an alternate year program. Only one candidate is selected in this program. The next MFA directing candidate will begin study in Fall 2020, with selection beginning in Spring 2020. The MFA in Design and Production accepts a limited number of candidates each year. Selection for these programs is based on production books, portfolios and interviews. Please send your resume/portfolio to the faculty member who heads your area of interest, and they will contact you for an appointment if interested. Design and Production faculty also attend the URTA National Unified Auditions and Interviews. 

Important Notice for Acting and Musical Theatre students: After completing all lower division prerequisites (or the transfer equivalent*) with the required grade minimums ("C" or better in THTR 200; "B-" or better in THTR 140, 141A/B and 240A/B), all students electing either BFA concentration (Acting or Musical Theatre) must audition (jury) for formal admission to the junior level of study.  Please see the appropriate "Areas of Study" concentration-specific pages for requirements, program structure/timing, and important information for transfer students. 

*If you have received an  A.A. in theatre, this does not automatically qualify you for a BFA program. There are specific courses and skills required, and your transfer college might not offer those courses and/or skills. provides general education, not degree-specific, requirements).  All prerequisites must be met. For transfer equivalency evaluation, please contact the theatre department office.

Other links:

Admissions Check List   (First-time freshman)
Admissions Check List
 (Undergraduate transfer students)
President's Scholars
Financial Aid
Cost of Attending

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