Chapman University Department of Theatre degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). This accreditation ensures that the department’s theatre training meets established national standards of excellence in terms of content, production quality, and teaching practices.
+-To BFA or Not to BFA?
The BA degree programs offer students the most flexibility in pursuing their studies at Chapman, easily allowing for second majors and studies in other areas of interest outside of theatre because it requires fewer credit hours (47 credits) and allows flexibility in course sequencing.
BFA students have a significant credit requirement in theatre classes (78 credits) and a required sequence of coursework that makes carrying a double major, while not impossible, more challenging due to potential class conflicts between majors.
Both degrees are designed so that students may take advantage of study abroad opportunities, although BFA students should consult with their faculty advisors to determine when in the course sequence such studies should take place.
Students who audition for BFA programs and who are not accepted may continue in the BA program in the theatre department. Transfer students who are considering Chapman should be aware that the BFA programs require, at a minimum, three years of residence at Chapman, pending review of transfer credit, due to sequence of required courses.
Entrance to all programs in Theatre is by audition only.
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