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Puppetry 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.

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


What is Puppetry at WVU like?


The BFA in Puppetry 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.

In addition to a broad-based curriculum in theatre studies, students work under the direction of a faculty member to operate a complete puppetry theatre with comprehensive study in a variety of construction, manipulation, historical study and performance techniques. The School’s Puppet Mobile tours the region while children’s theatre productions provide hands-on experience and performance opportunities.

All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Theatre and Dance for acceptance.

Puppetry program highlights:

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What makes Puppetry at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Academic Options
Students can focus their studies in:

  • Masks
  • Costume Design
  • Fabrication
  • Sculpture
  • Children’s Theatre

The Evansdale Library, just a short walk from the Creative Arts Center, houses a script collection. Students also can access industry specific journals and magazines to stay current on what is happening and what is about to happen in the world of theatre.

Capstone Project
The senior year culminates in a capstone experience. For most students this will include a public performance or construction project demonstrating the skills they have learned throughout the program.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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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.

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Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Puppetry at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Popular Courses

THET 375:
Puppet Construction

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

THET 463:
Puppetry for Educators

Study of the use of puppetry in the classroom and other educational settings; Construction, manipulation, scripting, story-telling ideas to use with children. Curricular issues will be covered.

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.)

Cost and Aid

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

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $421
Per Semester $5,052
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,104
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,608
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,216
Per Credit $1,134
Per Semester $13,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,816
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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

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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 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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