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Theatre Education and Performance, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
Inspire classrooms and communities by harnessing the experience of live stage performance with the Theatre Education and Performance program of Emerson College.
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About the Program

More than 100 years ago, Emerson College was among the first colleges to teach theater arts to young audiences. Today, the Theatre Education and Performance program of Emerson College integrates theater arts and education in classrooms, communities, and onstage. Our award-winning faculty comprises many leaders in the fields of theater education and acting.

Your learning is grounded in the liberal arts. On this you build your proficiency in acting—mastering the fundamentals of dramatic arts in our two-year Actor Training Core. Here you will take courses that cultivate your imagination, develop your discipline, and promote emotional availability. All performance majors at Emerson go through this intense experience, training together to understand themselves in their work.

You also have access to specialized acting classes and pedagogical tools that can be applied to various future careers, including work in professional theaters, community outreach, and the classroom. 

By the time you complete the BFA and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, you 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+).

Our students and faculty believe in the transformative power of theater. Harnessing the experience of stage performance in the classroom can be a revelation—and the start of a lifelong commitment to inspiring young minds and shaping society’s future.

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:
  • Languages of the Stage
  • Stagecraft Laboratories
  • Emerson Stage Production Crew
  • World Drama in its Context
  • Advanced Drama Studies
  • 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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