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The BA program in theatre provides students with a rigorous academic and hands-on theatre education within the context of a liberal arts degree. The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:

  • design and production
  • film
  • new work development
  • performance
  • theatre and performance studies
  • theatre for youth and community
  • educational certification

At A Glance

Theatre, BA

Required Courses

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Admission requirements

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.

Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program in theatre provides an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the arts or entertainment professions and readies students for further training at graduate schools or conservatories. The program's liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of occupations in both theatre and related fields. Opportunities may include work with:

  • arts entrepreneurship
  • commercial entertainment
  • production companies in theatre, television or film
  • schools

Example careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Talent Directors 10%$76,400
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
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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