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
Requirement Credits
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
BFA Theatre Core (Choose 3 of the Following)
Year Number Course Credits
2nd-4th TH250 Design Essentials
2nd-4th TH275 Arts Management I
2nd-4th TH381 Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing
2nd-4th TH388 Playwriting I
2nd-4th TH410 Principles in Dramaturgy
Total BFA Theatre Core 20
BFA Theatre Advanced
Year Course Credits
3rd-4th Performing Arts Concentration
‚ÄčStudents will select advanced courses in a specific area or areas of their choosing according to an educational plan designed in consultation with their advisor.