The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance offers its majors a
liberal education and pre-professional training in an
interdisciplinary program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in
dramatic art, with an emphasis in either theatre or dance.
Students develop their abilities through a wide range of courses
combining practical and theoretical skills that emphasize
critical thought and independence in a context of challenging
From the first year, majors may participate in every aspect of
bringing a work to the stage: acting, dance, directing,
playwriting, choreography, stage management, and design.
Technical practice in the design and creation of sets, costumes,
sound, and lighting accompanies a firm grounding in dramatic
literature, dance and theater history, performance theory and
criticism. This combination of theory and practice prepares
students for a broad range of career opportunities.
Most importantly, it provides an opportunity for you to work
closely with a faculty member to develop an original creative or
scholarly project, to explore an idea with greater depth and
rigor than is typically encountered in the undergraduate