• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
Theatre is a liberal art and engenders a synthesis of critical and creative thinking that is the foundation to lifelong learning and personal excellence in any field. Interdisciplinary by nature, the theatre degree program offers an excellent and well-rounded liberal arts education.
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Through study, service, and interdisciplinary exchange, undergraduate students define their place as theatre artists within the greater community. Students are encouraged to produce contemporary and classic work of relevance to their unique audience, to promote and contribute to the vitality of the arts in our region, and to honor the remarkable cultural diversity of our constituency through civic engagement.Program Highlights

All IU Northwest theatre faculty members have earned graduate degrees in their respective fields and hold active memberships in the various professional organizations in their specialties including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.

The theatre program is known for offering classes with a high level of student/teacher interaction. The program emphasizes individual attention with abundant opportunities for personal exploration and growth. Responsibilities and expectations increase according to each student’s creative and academic progress, but students at all grade levels act direct, design, stage manage, research, critique, and produce theatre art in close collaboration with faculty, student peers, and respected visiting artists.

Career Opportunities

Graduates often find career opportunities in theatre, film, and television including:

  • Arts Management
  • Directing
  • Scenic Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Stage Management
  • Educational Theatre

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr.)
  • THTR-T 228 Design for the Theatre (3 cr.)
  • THTR-T 340 Directing I (3 cr.) prerequisite THTR-T 120 and THTR-T 228 or consent of instructor
  • THTR-T 490 Independent Study in Theatre and Drama (3 cr.) - must be a minimum 3 credit hour capstone project
6 credit hours in each of the following 3 areas (18 cr.):
  • Production Experience (6 cr.)
    • THTR-T 168 Practicum (1-3 cr. per semester, sophomore standing or consent of instructor)*
  • Laboratory Experience (6 cr.)
    • Select two from the following:
      • THTR-T 225 Stagecraft I (3 cr.)
      • THTR-T 230 Costuming I (3 cr.)
      • THTR-T 335 Stage Lighting (3 cr.)
  • History, Literature, Theory (6 cr.)
    • THTR-T 470 Theatre and Society I (3 cr.)
    • THTR-T 471 Theatre and Society II (3 cr.)
  • THTR elective credit hours (9 cr.)
  • 300 level or above in major (15 cr.)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

Additional Factors

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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