In Emerson’s Department of Performing Arts, your undergraduate education will help you develop the tools you need as a working practitioner of your craft. Located in Boston’s theatre district, your Emerson education encompasses rigorous studio work, scholastic engagement, hands-on experiences, and real-world opportunities in Boston’s thriving theatre scene. Our department offers nine different BFA degrees, each focused on a specific aspect of a career in performing arts.

All Performing Arts programs include a core liberal arts curriculum designed to give you a common language with which to discuss your work in years to come. A thorough grounding in liberal arts makes you a stronger, more versatile artist, with a deep understanding of the role that arts play in society – and your role as both an arts-maker and a citizen of the world.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

The BFA in Acting is intensive, designed to help you develop a clear process that will sustain your professional work. The program, therefore, is intended for students who find themselves craving more trust, connection, and exploration through ensemble work and a strong individual focus on the craft itself.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

The BFA in Musical Theatre program mission nurtures important foundations in the student such as teamwork, preparation, managing the business, and seeking conclusions about the nature of the creative process. Through the supplementary study of liberal arts, the program exposes the student to what we endorse as a more holistic approach to the craft.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage & Screen Design/Technology

The BFA in Stage and Screen Design/Technology provides students with the tools to work across the mediums of theatre, television, and film. This interdisciplinary program taught collaboratively with the department of Visual and Media Arts—one of the premier film schools in the United States—is one of the first undergraduate programs in the country to offer a complete degree in design for both stage and screen.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage & Production Management

Classroom learning and hands-on experience engage Stage and Production Management students at Emerson to discover and develop their skills in collaboration, process, and leadership within the art of theatre! Through this, the Stage and Production Management curriculum will thoroughly prepare you for a career as a stage or production manager.

Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Theatre & Performance

Emerson College’s BFA in Theatre & Performance is an outstanding actor training program that combines the rigor of sequential studio courses with the flexibility to explore a diverse world of possibilities.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design/Technology

An Emerson education in Theatre Design/Technology prepares you to enter the theatre industry as a professional in your craft: fluent in the language of design and technology, conversant in the tools you will encounter at theatres throughout the country, and with a strong understanding of the essentials of design.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education & Performance

Emerson College’s Theatre Education & Performance program integrates the fields of theatre arts and education in the classroom, in the community, and on the stage. Our students and faculty believe in the transformative power of theatre to shape society and to change lives; they are artists who see education as the tool with which they create the future.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education

Emerson College’s Theatre Education program integrates the fields of theatre arts and education in the classroom, in the community, and on the stage. Our students and faculty believe in the transformative power of theatre to shape society and to change lives; they are artists who see education as the tool with which they create the future.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre

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.