48 months
666 USD/credit 29970 USD/year
666 USD/credit 29970 USD/year
211 USD/credit 9495 USD/year
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The Theater Arts program from Portland State University cultivates the self-confidence you need to lay the foundation for your professional goals and is for students who are eager to learn with and be a part of a community of fellow artists.

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The Theater Arts program from Portland State University  provides students with a broad foundation in everything from acting classes to playwriting to costume design. You’ll get hands-on learning through classroom study, studio/laboratory practice, field studies, and our main stage productions. Our outstanding faculty, who are also working professionals, provide one-on-one mentorship in all areas of the program.

Completing this degree will give you the skills in acting, directing, scholarship, or design and technical production to prepare you for graduate study, or to pursue a career as a working professional in theater arts. Our alumni are accepted into top graduate programs and have creative skills that can be used in a wide variety of careers. Join them in this imaginative and collaborative field.


Most of our alumni go on to grad school, professional training, or embark on a career as an actor, technical director, stage manager, writer, or director. Related careers include arts administrator, teacher, and facilitator.

Recent graduates have been accepted to professional training programs including the National Theatre Institute’s Actor Internship Program, The Orchard Project in New York, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Others have found work in theater companies across the country and abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Stagecraft
  • Technical Theater Production 
  • Design for Theater
  • Script Analysis
  • Acting: Process
  • Development of Dramatic Art 
  • Directing 
  • Acting: Scene Study
  • Multicultural Theater

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 666 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    29970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 666 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    9495 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 211 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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