About the B.A. in Theater Arts
- Preparation for careers in theater, television and film
- Preparation for careers in directing, play and screenwriting, stage design
- Preparation for teaching
- Preparation for graduate study in theater and media studies
- Opportunities to perform in MainStage and studio productions
- Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world
The Theater Arts program offers artistic education centered on maximizing the passions, talents and personal development of our students. We go beyond a traditional conservatory-style approach by creating opportunities for immersion in all aspects of theatrical creation. Our small size enables close interaction with faculty in an intimate liberal arts setting. Our proximity to Philadelphia’s dynamic theater community connects students with industry professionals (who work with us as instructors and guest artists) and professional opportunities beyond campus. Students are encouraged to develop their talents and also to study globally and educate themselves in a wider world of cultures and ideas.
The Theater Arts program provides students with a rigorous four-year sequential course of study in acting, the speaking and singing voice, speech, movement for actors, and dramatic literature. In addition, there are offerings in acting and directing for the camera, stage combat, dance, improvisation, mask, make-up, and audition techniques.
Theater Arts majors also participate actively in the life of the University through four Main Stage productions per year.
The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts is designed for students seeking a degree in theater for careers in directing, play and screenwriting, stage design or education. Career options for the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts include:
- Directors, designers and production managers of stage, television and film
- Teachers of theater in elementary or secondary education
- Arts administrators, television executives, film producers or entertainment lawyers
- Play and screenwriters
Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts is a vital and vibrant major for those who are seeking a degree in theater in preparation for careers in a wide spectrum of the entertainment industry, including theater, television and filmmaking, or for graduate study in theater and media studies.
Students pursuing the B.A. in Theater Arts at Arcadia University benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to the art form. The goal of the program is to immerse students in the study of theater in the context of a broader exposure to the study of culture and society, in keeping with the philosophy of a liberal arts education.
Theater Arts majors participate actively in the life of the University through numerous campus productions of the Theater Arts program. Theater students also benefit from Arcadia University’s proximity to Philadelphia’s cultural community, and to New York City. Departmental outings bring students to noteworthy professional productions. Students gain experience in local theatre, film and television companies through internships.