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Theater, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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In the faculty-directed Players shows, students produce large-scale productions on the stage of the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater from genres pre-selected by a student committee. The department faculty works with officers on the student-elected Players board to coordinate this production every trimester. 

Key facts:

  • Many students also work outside of the officially organized productions with the Experimental Theater Board, Student Musical Theater, and other CSA-sponsored organizations, resulting in an often overwhelming number of theater opportunities every term.
  • Studies in theater arts at Carleton College cover three main areas of theater: design and technical, acting and directing, and literature and criticism. Many of these courses are cross-listed with other departments.
  • The Department of Theater and Dance is now housed in the new Weitz Center for Creativity where a theater is located along with a rehearsal room, scene shop and two dance studios.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Topics in Theater: Costume Design
  • Costume Design for Theater
  • Scenic Design for the Performing Arts
  • Makeup Design
  • Avant-garde Theater and Peformance
  • Theater History and Theory
  • Carleton Players Production
  • The Speaking Voice
  • Principles of Design
  • Beginning Acting or
  • Playing Roles; from Uncle Remus to 30 Rock

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Application: Common App, Coalition App or QuestBridge App (we have no preference)
  • Transcript, should include: your classes and grades from the first three years of high school, your senior year schedule, grades from the first term of senior year (when available)
  • High School Counselor Recommendation (also known as "School Report")
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Test Scores (optional): SAT or ACT
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or DuoLingo English Test for students whose primary language of instruction has not been English
  • SAT Subject Tests are optional
  • No application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56678 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56678 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56678 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56678 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Northfield

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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