• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Key facts:

  • Theatre program at Western Carolina University can launch you to a  career in a variety of exciting and creative professional opportunities. These jobs can have you starring on-stage or working in a number of creative and exciting positions that are crucial for stage productions to be successful. Many people take their talents to big cities while others thrive in community productions; but your education will help you pursue your passion wherever it takes you. Western Carolina University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts is a truly immersive experience that will prepare you for work in all areas of the theatre.
  • Students have the opportunity learn their craft in state-of-the-art facilities from an accomplished and innovative faculty. Students will take courses like History of the Theatre; Intro to Design for Stage and Screen; Directing; Production; Dramatic Literature and Criticism; and Acting for the Camera. Students will also have the chance for internships and other practical experience opportunities.
  • A career in theatre can take you across the world and bring your imagination to life in your community. Jobs including acting, set production, directing and a variety of other creative professions. There are also opportunities for graduate level studies that can lead to a career teaching the skills you are passionate about. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the average salary for postsecondary teachers (art, music, drama) is $75,350.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Theatre curriculum include:

  • Dance Techniques
  • Professions
  • Acting 
  • Theatre Production Seminar
  • Costume Crafts and Makeup
  • Voice and Articulation
  • Theatre Arts Workshops 
  • Dramatic Literature and Criticism
  • Introduction to Design for Stage and Screen 
  • Directing
  • History of the Theatre
  • Seminar in Professional Development
  • BFA Thesis/Senior Showcase

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

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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