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Theatre Arts, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Hadley, MA, United States
At Mount Holyoke, students who get a Bachelor in Theatre Arts are expected to acquire a foundation in three areas: design, performance (acting and directing), and theatre history and dramatic theory. Beyond that, a major is free to tailor the program to fit particular interests and should work with a faculty advisor in choosing courses.
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The Department of Theatre Arts embraces its identity as an educational department and a producing organization within a world renowned liberal arts college for women of diverse backgrounds. We empower students by giving them the education and practical skills necessary to enter the professional theatre world. The diverse skill set students acquire in our department --creative thinking, collaboration, discipline and leadership-- are attributes that enhance any career choice.

The Mount Holyoke Department of Theatre Arts brings together artists, scholars and practitioners in a flexible curriculum designed to: 

  • provide a strong liberal arts foundation, preparing students for advanced study and professional work in theatre and performance
  • train students to think critically and globally and to collaborate with others in a diverse environment
  • foster creativity through intensive study and practice and instill leadership skills as students take on key roles in acting, directing, design, technical theatre and stage management
  • cultivate and engage an audience as writers, performers, designers and directors.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Introduction to Theatre 
  • Acting I 
  • Scene Design 
  • Costume Design I 
  • Intro to Lighting and Sound Design 
  • Introduction to Technical Theatre 
  • Topics in Design: 'Costume Construction' 
  • Histories of Performance I 
  • Histories of Performance II 
  • Career Preparation Seminar 
  • Seminar 

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

  • Submit the Common Application
  • SAT I, SAT II, and ACT test scores are optional, though you are welcome to submit them
  • If you are applying for financial aid, it is important to know the deadlines and what forms are required
  • Mount Holyoke strongly recommends scheduling an interview with an admission counselor or alumna representative prior to applying
  • If you have athletic talents, Mount Holyoke is happy to receive portfolios, tapes, slides, or videos that showcase your talent
    • If you have devoted a significant amount of time to art, dance, film, music, or theatre and you plan to continue it at Mount Holyoke as a major, you may submit examples of your work as a supplement to your application
    • Transcript Evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Hadley

  • 1068 - 2220 USD/month
    Living Costs

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