Department of Performing Arts

Theatre (BFA)

Students run fight call prior to a performance on the Cutler Majestic stage.

About the program

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Emerson College’s BFA in Theatre offers dynamic, comprehensive training grounded in the liberal arts. With a programmatic structure artfully balanced between study and practice, breadth and depth, arts and academics, our students will explore the world of the theatre and theatre in the world. Whether you are a future producer, director, playwright, dramaturg, administrator, or wish to create your own interdisciplinary path in the theatre, our program will help you grow into a multi-faceted practitioner of your craft.

Program Requirements

BFA Theatre (detailed below) 56
Electives 16
General Education Requirements 56
Total Credits 128

Compare the requirements of this program to other Emerson BFA degrees in Performing Arts.

To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalogue.

Department of Performing Arts Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st PA101 Languages of the Stage 4
1st TH141-8 Stagecraft Laboratories 4
1st TH149 Emerson Stage Production Crew 0
2nd TH215 World Drama in its Context I 4
2nd TH216 World Drama in its Context II 4
3rd-4th TH Advanced Drama Studies 4
Total Department of Performing Arts Core 20

BFA Theatre Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH121 Introduction to Acting 4
3rd-4th TH Advanced Drama/Theatre Studies 4
2nd-4th Three of the following courses: 12
TH250 Design Essentials
TH275 Arts Management I
TH381 Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing
TH388 Playwriting I
TH410 Principles in Dramaturgy
Total BFA Theatre Core 20

BFA Theatre Advanced

Year Number Course Credits
3rd-4th Performing Arts Concentration
Students will select advanced courses in a specific area or areas of their choosing according to an educational plan designed in consultation with their advisor.
16