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Theatre Arts, BFA, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Ashland, OR, United States
BFA students may concentrate in one of the following areas: acting, costuming, directing, stage lighting, sound, stage management, stage scenery, dramaturgy, or theatre business. Students must take five courses (some of which may come from core courses) in their area of concentration.
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Coursework leading to the BFA in theatre is strictly monitored. Once admitted to the BFA program, students are required to plan a program of coursework that follows program guidelines. This coursework is planned in consultation with the program advisor and is subject to faculty approval. Published guidelines, as well as requirements for developing an area of concentration and for the successful proposal and completion of a BFA thesis are available in the theatre office.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lighting Design: Creating the Aesthetic 
  • Scene Design I: An Introduction 
  • Costume Design I
  • Theatre Practice 
  • Thesis
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival Plays in Production
  •  Theatre Practice
  • Forms and Meaning of Drama

English Language Requirements

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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 admitted to the BFA major must first be accepted as a BA or BS theatre major.  Admission to the BFA program is by audition, interview, and/or resumé-portfolio presentation. Students may apply for admission to the BFA no earlier than the end of their sophomore year. (Transfer students should wait until they have been in residence at least two full terms prior to auditioning.) Students must consult their program advisor prior to applying for admission to the BFA program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    503 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 503 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    165 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 165 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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