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Theatre Education, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
Shape the next generation of young minds through theater with the Theatre Education program of Emerson College. From exploring emotions to building confidence, from instilling empathy to encouraging a personal voice, learning the art of the stage nurtures children and young adults as few other learning experiences can.
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About the Program

More than a century ago, Emerson was a pioneer in teaching theater for young audiences. That legacy is sustained today by our award-winning faculty—leaders in the field we helped to create.

The Theatre Education program of Emerson College is grounded in the liberal arts and in the fundamentals of the dramatic arts. Students learn pedagogical tools that can be applied to many vibrant vocations, including careers in professional theater, community outreach, and teaching at all levels. 

By the time they complete their BFA and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, our students will have met all the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education–approved program leading to initial licensure as a teacher of theatre, all levels (pre-K to 12+).

We believe that education is a powerful shaper of society. When you learn to combine theater with education, you will be empowered to engage young minds—and to shape society’s next generation.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • Acting: Text and Improvisation
  • Acting: Voice and Movement
  • Foundations of Education
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing
  • Drama as Education

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.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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