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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Oswego, IL, United States
Learn by doing to prepare for positions in the Theatre industry and beyond at State University of New York at Oswego. Build your experience in acting, directing, sound, lighting, dramaturgy (the study of dramatic composition), makeup, costuming and more. You can select a specific program track for a comprehensive education tailored to your interests.
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The Theatre program at State University of New York at Oswego investigates our complex culture from perspectives that include history, political institutions, literature and art. You will gain historical perspective, familiarity with the great plays of the world, and an opportunity to participate in all areas of the theatre. 

Our hands-on mainstage theatre season offers you the opportunity to perform, design or crew full productions alongside faculty and industry professionals, as well as the unique and student-created annual Honors Production.

Student societies, including the Blackfriars Student Theatre organization and the Mu Iota cast of national honor society Alpha Psi Omega, offer opportunities to engage with other theatre students. You will have the opportunity to assist faculty directors and designers, as well as to take advantage of the many internships, co-ops and international study opportunities available.

Our highly credentialed professional staff and faculty bring their extensive knowledge and individual mentorship to the classroom and in international enrichment opportunities to Russia, New York City and London. And after you are done, our large and active alumni network offers invaluable industry contacts across the country and the world.

Career options:

  • Performance (stage, television and film)
  • Design (scenic, lighting, costume, sound, makeup and props)
  • Technical theatre
  • Stage management
  • Casting
  • Dramaturgy
  • Public relations
  • Arts management
  • Special events management

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

    Courses included:
  • Introduction to the Theatre
  • Fundamentals of Acting 
  • Introduction to Theatre Design 
  • Advanced Theatre Production 
  • Principles of Directing 
  • Western Theatre: Edification or Entertainment? 
  • Senior Seminar/Capstone Experience
  • Voice and Diction for the Theatre 
  • Movement for the Actor 
  • Intermediate Acting 

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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Complete your online application
  • Submit transcripts: Mail all official college/university and secondary school transcripts (transfer applicants) or just your secondary school transcript (freshmen) to SUNY Oswego
  • Send in your English proficiency test scores: uccessful applicants will have a minimum English proficiency of 71 in TOEFL, 6.0 in IELTS, or 55 in PTE. 
  • Provide financial documentation: Send a copy of an original bank statement including a bank official's signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds for the first year via email to the International Student and Scholar Services Office

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16320 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16320 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6870 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Oswego

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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