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Production Still from Entrance into the Department of Theatre is by audition for students interested in the BFA degrees in theatre performance or screen acting, or by interview/portfolio review for prospective students interested in the BA degree, in the theatre studies or theatre technology areas of study.  

Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply for the BA degree program, which requires completion of a total of 47 credit hours.  The BFA programs (which require a total of 78 credit hours) will require, at a minimum, three years of study at Chapman, and sometimes four years, depending on the prior coursework taken at other universities, and the evaluation of the faculty with respect to placement in the acting curriculum.

Incoming First Year and Transfer applicants must choose a degree program for which to audition or interview from the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Technology
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Performance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Screen Acting (interdisciplinary major with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts)

After completing the audition or interview, incoming prospective students will receive notification from Admissions if they have been accepted into the university and whether or not they have been accepted as a major in the theatre program.

If you have any additional questions regarding your audition, please contact the Department of Theatre Office at (714) 744-7087 or tdoffice@chapman.edu.

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BA in Theatre Studies & Theatre Technolog

  • Early Decision/Early Action: November 12
  • Regular Decision January 13, 2018, March 3, 2018 

BFA in Screen Acting or BFA in Theatre Performance

Due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting and BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via the Creative Supplement.  If invited to audition in-person, you will have the option to choose one of our on-campus audition dates, or off-campus at one of our regional auditions in New York or Chicago.  All in-person auditions will be held in January and February.