The University of California, Irvine offers a Master of Fine Arts in Acting, which GSH ranks first in the nation. The core curriculum trains students in acting for stage and camera, movement, speech, and voice. The program also includes seminars in areas such as acting theory, dramatic criticism, and script analysis. Electives are offered in areas including audition techniques, clowning, dance, and musical theatre. Core classes are held Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program spans nine quarters or three years. Most graduates of the program go on to act on stage or screen or to work in university theatre departments.
UC Irvine was established in 1965 to accommodate the baby boom generation of students. The public research university is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. U.S. News World Report ranks UCI at No. 45 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 33 in National Universities, and No. 7 in Top Public Schools. The university also ranks at No. 33 in graduate Fine Arts programs.