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Theatre and Performance, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
Combine the rigor of sequential studio courses with the flexibility to explore a world of dramatic possibilities with the Theatre and Performance program of Emerson College.
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About the Program

In the Theatre and Performance program of Emerson College, you start with two years in our Actor Training Core—a combination professional boot camp and artistic proving ground. You test yourself and those around you and build the mental muscles of a theatrical artist. 

After that, you choose from options based on your interests, aspirations, and your faculty mentor’s guidance. You may spend a semester at our Los Angeles campus, add a minor to your studies, or find the perfect internship, thus combining your studies to match your goals. All the while, you can continue to study acting from all angles during your junior and senior years by taking specialized classes in areas like action theater, dialects, and stage combat. Or you might immerse yourself in playwriting, directing, and dramaturgy. This program attracts and develops versatile artists who seek to gain the varied skills of an actor, a director, a solo performer, a fight choreographer, and more—in short, a true theater professional.

As a Theatre & Performance student, you are also eligible to audition for an Acting BFA. If accepted, you would instead concentrate with singular focus on the BFA Acting Studio: 14 hours a week of intense training for your last two years. 

With the Theatre & Performance BFA, the choices will be yours. The rewards will come to you, and to all of your future audiences with whom you get to share your voice along the way. 

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
  • Movement and Voice
  • Improvisation
  • Acting for Film and Television
  • Stage Combat: Close Quarter Combat

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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