Chapman University is a non-profit university located in Orange, California and it’s affiliated with the Christian Church. The annual tuition is $38,000 for students pursuing their bachelor’s degree. Audition is part of the application process and includes one Shakespearean Monologue and a Contemporary piece.
The Theatre department has degree programs that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), which ensures that all national standards of excellence are met when it comes to quality and teaching style. Students have the option to study acting, directing, technology, and other areas of theatre such as playwriting, dramaturgy or theatre for social change. The degree allows flexibility in areas of study through the students’ elective choices.
Acting classes are available, but there are more limited acting classes available to BA students than are available in the BFA degree. The BA degree programs offer students the most flexibility in pursuing their theatre 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 significantly higher credit requirement in theatre classes (78 credits) and a required sequence of coursework that makes carrying a double major more challenging.