Theatre Arts

The BFA in Theatre Arts offers unique opportunity for the young artist who is interested in pursuing the study of multiple disciplines within the theatre. Rather than being a prescribed sequence of courses, the Theatre Arts major is interdisciplinary at its heart and ideal for students who wish to shape the content and trajectory of their course of study. The program offers ample opportunities for rigorous exploration of acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, and design and production.

All Theatre Arts majors begin their studies in the School of Theatre by completing one of our first year core curricula depending on the student’s preferred area of focus:

Degree & Admissions Information


BFA Theatre Arts students are required to construct a sequence of experiential and academic coursework that satisfies their individual interests and passions. The student assumes responsibility for crafting a program of study to develop, advocate for, and achieve artistic goals under the guidance of committed faculty mentors. Students learn how to collaborate honestly with others, and how to identify compelling social issues. The Theatre Arts course of study includes an internship, study abroad, and the development of a senior thesis. The thesis focuses on a single discipline allowing for deep practical exploration within that discipline.

Upon completion of this program, young artists possess the ability to express themselves effectively and with generosity, whether the task at hand is artistic or administrative, and to contribute significantly to the professional theatre. The nurturing of each student’s original voice is vital, not only to the creation of new work for the theatre, but to the shaping of communities at home and internationally.

Average Class Size

Underclassmen: 4–19
Upperclassmen: 1–19

Curricular Opportunities

  • Flexibility to pursue additional academic areas of study, including rigorous academic minors or concentrations, or a dual degree.
  • Guaranteed assignments in our 35+ Show Season, twice a semester beginning in the sophomore year. Performance students may opt to join the casting pool as an actor, or propose an alternative project (e.g. serving as an assistant director, dramaturg, playwright, etc.), and Design & Production students receive assignments in their area of concentration.
  • Opportunity to pursue Music Theatre training.
  • Study Abroad, which is available, for either one semester or for the entire junior year, to all Theatre Arts majors through BU Study Abroad.
  • Opportunities to engage with our Professional Theatre Initiative companies, completing a required internship or external casting assignment in Boston, NYC, or beyond.
  • Multiple pathways to integrate into the profession, including the option to participate in our Professional Theatre Showcases in New York and Boston.
  • Cross-curricular opportunities in the College of Fine Arts, including the Arts Leadership Minor, and access to the greater University’s innovative general education program, the BU Hub

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