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The BA program in theatre provides students with a hands-on theatre education within a broad-range of academic opportunities. Every student is encouraged to develop their own creative process through collaboration and to pursue many areas of theatrical study and practice.
The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:
- community engagement
- design and production
- dramatic literature and dramaturgy
- educational certification
- new work development
- theatre history
- theatre for youth
- voice and movement
At A Glance
A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.
While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Students interested in the BA in theatre or the BA in theatre with a concentration in acting are admitted directly into the major by indicating their degree preference on their ASU admission application.
Students interested in the BA in theatre with a concentration in design and production enter as theatre majors. Once students begin to complete classes at ASU in the theatre Bachelor of Arts program, they may apply to the design and production concentration after a portfolio review.
The bachelor's degree program in theatre provides an excellent foundation for work in the arts and entertainment and prepares students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories.
The program's broad-range of academic opportunities prepares graduates for a variety of occupations in the entertainment industry. Opportunities may include work with:
- arts entrepreneurship
- concert venues
- corporate events
- literary agencies
- schools and training programs
- theatre and arts festivals
- theme parks
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary||5.6%||$69,690|
|Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other|
|Producers and Directors||10%||$76,400|
|Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance||11%||$106,920|
|Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys||-5.3%||$36,770|
|Public Relations Managers|
|Media Programming Directors||10%||$76,400|
|Media Technical Directors/Managers||10%||$76,400|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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What are Accelerated Programs at ASU?
ASU students may accelerate their studies by earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years (for some programs) or by earning a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 or 3 years.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.