Students must audition to be accepted into the Theater BFA, Dance BA, or Dance BFA programs. Auditions are not required for the Theater BA program.
Theater BFA auditions are usually scheduled in May and September.
Prospective and incoming freshman are not eligible to audition for the Theater BFA program. All non-transfer Theater majors will participate in the Theater BA program for the first year. Non-transfer students can audition for the Theater BFA program at the end of freshman year. Non-transfer students begin the Theater BFA program sophomore year and study for 3 years. For example, a freshman that starts Fall 2019, will audition Spring 2020, and begin the program Fall 2020.
Prospective and incoming transfer students are eligible to audition for the Theater BFA program prior to the first year of study. Transfer students can attend the May or September audition preceding their expected start quarter. For example, a transfer student expecting to start Fall 2019 would attend the May or September 2019 audition. The Theater BFA program requires 3 years of study; transfer students should plan accordingly. The September audition is scheduled a few days before classes begin. Students who audition in September should be prepared to adjust their Fall schedule. Acceptance to the major is dependent upon acceptance to the university.
Dance BA auditions are usually held in January, February and September.
Prospective and continuing students interested in the Dance program must audition the January, February or September prior to their expected first year in the program. For example, a student that plans to attend in Fall 2019, would audition January, February or September 2019.
Students are strongly advised to attend the January or February audition to determine qualification for the major and reserve a place in the program - only a limited number of students can be accommodated each year. The September audition is held for students unable to attend earlier auditions; September auditions are only open to continuing students or students that have been accepted to the University. The September audition is scheduled a few days before classes begin. Students who audition in September should be prepared to adjust their Fall schedule.
The audition is similar to that of a technique class in modern and ballet.
Non-transfer students can audition for acceptance to the Dance BFA program in the sophomore year. Transfer students can audition for acceptance to the Dance BFA program in their first year.
These programs are highly structured and have been carefully organized to offer the serious acting and dance student the opportunity to receive quality training. Delays in audition can affect graduation plans.
Dance Audition Dates for admittance to the major during the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
September 24th (Incoming Freshmen).
February 15th (Transfers)
Students must pre-register to guarantee an audition slot. Students must be available for the full audition day (9:00am-2pm). Registration for the audition serves as the Dance Supplement part of the UCSB Admissions application.
Candidates must pre-register for the audition. Register here for:
Though an in-person audition is highly recommended, you may submit a video audition instead. For detailed information for submitting a video audition, click here. Registration for the video audition can be found here. A video audition does not harm your chances for consideration. We invite several candidates each year in response to video auditions.
THEATER BFA Audition Dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
Theater BFA auditions will be announced early in 2020. Please check back at that time.
Please note: All students are required to write a 200 word statement as to why they want to be part of the UCSB Theater and Dance Department BFA in Acting program. Please submit this to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the audition date.
For further details please, email Sean O'Shea, Academic Advisor, at email@example.com.
The Theater Audition
Auditions for acceptance into B.F.A. Theater Program for Fall Quarter will take place during late Spring Quarter and again just before the beginning of classes in Fall Quarter.
For all students, please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues totaling no more than three minutes. Please bring a resume of past theatrical experience including acting, voice, movement classes, and performance experience (indicate when and where). Transfer students, in addition to this, please bring two letters of recommendation.,
All students must register for the audition and review the Theater BFA Handbook. The program is highly structured and has been carefully organized to offer the serious acting student the opportunity to recieve quality training.
Transfer students should be aware that auditions for the Theater program and applying to the University are seperate processes. Students should contact the Office of Admissions for more information about University application materials and deadlines. Acceptance by audition to the Theater program does not guarentee acceptance to the University. Students must meet the Office of Admissions requirements for University acceptance consideration.
The Dance Audition
Audition registration will begin at 9:30 am in the lobby of the Performing Arts wing of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB). The audition will begin promptly at 10:00 am. Students attending the audition will have the opportunity to meet faculty, students and advisors.
The audition should be viewed as a challenging but positive experience, and students should regard it as a learning experience. The format of the audition is similar to that of a class, and will accommodate:
- Technique class in modern dance;
- Technique class in ballet;
- (ONLY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS OR UCSB STUDENTS DESIRING TO ENTER THE PROGRAM AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL): a choreographic study of approximately one-minute. This work must be choreographed by the candidate. The purpose is to demonstrate performance potential and ability in the candidate's own style of movement.
Please wear appropriate dance clothing. No loose clothing; leotards, tights (without feet) and ballet slippers.
In-person audition highly recommended. Prospective students that live outside a 150 mile radius of Santa Barbara can submit a Video Audition.
Auditions for the Dance program and applying to the University are separate processes. Students should contact the Office of Admissions for more information about University application materials and deadlines. Acceptance by audition to the Dance program does not guarentee acceptance to the University. Students must meet the Office of Admissions requirements for University acceptance consideration.