Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts – THA Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with the AA-T in Theatre Arts. Three lower-division units in the major (TH A 130) and all lower-division GE requirements have been satisfied. Additional units in the major may have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
TH A 205 Introduction to Technical Theatre and Design (Major Core) 2
Select One (Major Core): 2
TH A 310
TH A 312
TH A 313
TH A 401 Theatre Backgrounds: 500 B.C. - 1642 (Major Core) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 2 3
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Second Semester
TH A 405GW Writing About Theatre - GWAR (Major Core) 3
Select One (Major Core): 3
Principles of Directing  
History of Directing  
Play Development Workshop  
Styles of Acting  
Area of Emphasis (18 units) - Take Two 1 6
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
Third Semester
TH A 402 Theatre Backgrounds: 1642 - 1900 (Major Core) 3
Select One (Major Core): 2
TH A 310
TH A 312
TH A 313
Area of Emphasis (18 units) - Take Two 1 6
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Fourth Semester
TH A 403 Theatre Backgrounds: 1900 - Present 3
TH A 515 Leadership and Organization for Production (Major Core) 3
Area of Emphasis (18 units) – Take Two 1 6
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9-15 units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer.
  • Upper-Division GE areas B, C, D (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Theatre Arts are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: Consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Drama (Theatre Arts) Major:  42-45 units

TH A 130 met before transfer - required for ADT. TH A 205 may have been met before transfer.

  • Core (24 units)
  • Area of Emphasis (18 units) – Consult with a major advisor. Four areas of emphasis are offered: Performance, Play Development and Dramaturgy, Design and Technical Theatre, and Popular Theatre.

University Electives: 0 or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g., in both UD GE and the major.