The BFA course work includes intensive study in children’s theatre; the practice of puppetry as a theatrical art form; and educational and creative dramatic activity as methods of learning and self-development for children. WVU’s Puppet Mobile tours the region while children’s theatre productions provide hands-on experience and performance opportunities.
Our puppetry graduates work for Walt Disney, Grey Seal Puppet Company, Little Who Productions, Puppet Pizzazz, the Houston Children’s Festival, Theatre West Virginia, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Holden Puppets, Kids on the Block and Nashville Sesame Street Live Touring.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearTHET 160 Theatre Fundamentals THET 191 First-Year Seminar - CCA THET 103 Stagecraft THET 106 Costuming Lab THET 113 Stage Management Principles
Senior YearTHET 401 Capstone Experience THET 220 Fundamentals of Lighting HUM 109 The Italian Renaissance THET 404 Playwriting THET 460 Contemporary Drama
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Puppets created in the WVU Puppet Cage range from larger-than-life scale to smaller styles-including marionettes, rod and hand puppets.
- School of Theatre and Dance students get hands-on experience in 10 shops and laboratories.
- The BFA in Puppetry and Creative Drama program is one of only three in the country.
- Average class size in the School of Theatre and Dance is 15.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.