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Coursework in the BFA Puppetry program includes study in the practice of puppetry as a theatrical art form. The program offers an intensive curriculum in puppet construction and manipulation in a variety of mediums and styles.

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One of only two such programs in the U.S.


What is Puppetry at WVU like?


The BFA Puppetry program at WVU is one of two puppetry programs in the U.S.

As a WVU Puppetry student, you will experience a variety of puppet manipulation styles and will be offered opportunities to experiment and perfect different construction practices. You will also be encouraged to discover and develop your own artistic techniques and individual performance pieces.

In addition to completing a broad-based curriculum in theatre studies, our students help operate the WVU Puppet Mobile that tours the region with productions providing additional performance opportunities and hands-on experience.

Puppetry program highlights:

At a Glance

  • College/School:
    College of Creative Arts
  • Division:
    School of Theatre and Dance
  • Department:
  • Degree Designation:
  • Degree Program:

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Fast Facts

What makes Puppetry at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

For 40 years, the WVU Puppet Mobile has been dedicated to bringing live puppet performances and educational outreach to audiences around the state of West Virginia. All shows are performed by WVU students and staff.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Professional Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Students prepare as performers and entrepreneurs in theatre, puppetry and film. Past graduates have founded theatre companies, written and starred in their own films and web series and are dedicated to introducing new voices and concepts into their mediums.

Career opportunities include working as professional performers in the television, film and entertainment industries. Graduates may also seek careers in puppet design and fabrication.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Puppetry major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Puppetry at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Puppetry major.

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Popular Courses

THET 225:
Introduction to Stage Design 1

Study elements/principles of two/three dimensional design and application to scenery, lighting and costume design. Emphasis on creative analysis and communication using techniques in drawing, painting, and model making.

THET 226:
Introduction to Stage Design 2

Experience applying elements/principles of two/three dimensional design to study of scenery, lighting, and costume design. Studio course focusing on color theory, painting and finishing techniques in model making.

THET 375:
Puppet Construction

This studio class focuses on puppetry through the study of basic mechanical systems, printing, sculpting, sewing and finishing techniques.

THET 461:
Creative Dramatics

Study and practice of creative drama for theatre education or classroom/curriculum use. Instructional methods for drama techniques and practical activities are stressed.

THET 462:

Comprehensive study of puppetry as a theatrical form. Construction, manipulation, and production methods for adult and youth audiences are highlighted.

THET 464:
Children's Theatre

Study of theatre for child audiences. Writing, acting, designing, directing and producing plays with detailed analysis of scripts and children as audience members. (Field trip required.)

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills.

Recent capstone projects have involved:

Cost and Aid

How much does Puppetry at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Puppetry can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Puppetry at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Puppetry major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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