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The department of Drama at the Unversity of California, Irvine offers two degree programs with a focus in Scenic Design, a B.A. in theater and M.F.A. in Scenic Design.

Undergraduate Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree granted by the Department of Drama requires a broad course of study in the fundementals of theater-making. Students are required to take courses in Acting, Design, Dramatic Literature and Theory, Theater History and Production Techniques. A full list of degree requirements can be found in the UCIrvine Course Catalogue or Department of Drama webpage.

Any student admitted to the University may declare a major in Drama upon entry. Existing students may transfer from another major if they meet the required G.P.A. There is no audition process or portfolio review to enter the program.

Undergraduate students with an interest in Scenic Design should contact faculty members, Luke Hegel-Cantarella or Cliff Faulkner, to discuss available courses and design opportunties. Students are also welcome to join the weekly "Designer's Lunch" held on Tuesdays from 12-1 in the Production Studio. Scenic design courses that interested undergraduate students may be allowed to enroll in include:

  • Drama 10 - Intro. to Production
  • Drama 50b - Intro. to Scenic Design: Text and Drama
  • Drama 50b - Intro. to Scenic Design: Music and Space
  • Drama 50b - Intro. to Scenic Design: Theory and History of Design
  • Drama 158 - Drawing for Designers (may be repeated for credit)
  • Drama 159 - Color Media
  • Drama 158 - Drafting by Hand
  • Drama 199 - Independent Study (use for design assistatships or production assignments)
  • Drama 255 - Graduate Studio in Design: 1st yr. Core - Fall
  • Drama 255 - Graduate Studio in Design: 1st yr. Core - Winter
  • Drama 261 - Digital Imaging
  • Drama 262 - 2D/3D Vectorworks Drawing
  • Drama 263 - 3D Digital Design

Honors in Design: A special distinction of Honors in Design is granted to students of exceptional talents and dedication. Full requirements for the Honors program can be found on the department of Drama website. Students achieving Honors are given additional mentorship, supported production opportunities (when possible) and nomination to the U/RTA National Unified Audition and Interview process.

Graduate Studies

The Master of Fine Arts degree granted by the Department of Drama requires a specialization ina specific design discipline, Scenery, Lighting, Costume or Sound. Details of the curriculum, philosophy, production opportunties and application process for the course of study in Scenic Design are found in the links above. For other design disciplines, follow the links below. The school does not grant a D.F.A. degree in design, but does grant a Ph.D. in Drama. For information on Doctoral Studies, please follow the link below.



Department Phone: 949-824-6614, Fax: 949-824-3475, Email: drama@uci.edu
Address: University of California, Department of Drama, Irvine, CA 92697-2775