The WVU School of Theatre and Dance offers an intensive training program for students who possess outstanding passion, talent and dedication to their personal artistic growth and development.
The bachelor of arts in theatre offers a broad-based program of study combining a liberal arts education with a general theatre curriculum. Typically, the B.A. student in Theatre is one who chooses not to specialize in any one area of the art form but prefers to keep as many educational options open as possible.
Future educational and career plans often include specialized study in a graduate program or a career in one of the many fields related to the performing arts. The B.A. student may also pursue a second major and/or minor in other disciplines. Students often choose to double-major with fields such as music, English, political science or journalism, for example.
Typically, the B.A. student in Theatre prefers to keep as many educational options open as possible. For many graduates, future educational and career plans often include specialized study in a graduate program or a career in one of the many fields related to the performing arts. An education in theatre is also an excellent background for graduate study in theatre, law, political science, literature and other fields.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearTHET 112 Orientation to the Theatre HUM 101 Introduction to Western Civilization 1 THET 105 Costuming THET 106 Costuming Lab THET 144Fundamentals of Acting
Senior YearTHET 361 Classic Theatre to 1650 THET 461 Creative Dramatics THET 293 Special Topics THET 401 Capstone Experience THET 144 Fundamentals of Acting
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- The Creative Arts Center's largest theatre, the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, seats 1,444 and features recently updated lighting and sound technology.
- About 10,000 patrons see School of Theatre and Dance performances each year.
- The School of Theatre and Dance produces 6 main stage shows each year.
- Average class size in the School of Theatre and Dance is 15.
- School of Theatre and Dance students get hands-on experience in 10 shops and laboratories.
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.
WVU is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.