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Theatre Arts, Technical Option, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
Students in the Theatre Arts, Technical Option at Salem State University will take classes in scenic, lighting, sound, and costume technology.  They will have the opportunity to work as technical director, master carpenter, master electrician, costume stitcher or run crew chief, or sound engineer for department productions.
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The theatre and speech communication department is one of the finest theatre training programs in the country. We are a “hands-on” program, providing each student with personal interaction with our professionally trained faculty and staff. Our Theatre Arts, Technical Option graduates place exceptionally well in graduate schools, conservatories, regional theaters, and in the professional world.

We produce four Mainstage productions and two staged readings a year, utilizing a four-year rotating cycle of theatre genres for our play selections, ensuring that our students receive a comprehensive exposure to both classic and contemporary theatre styles.

We are active participants in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; our students have competed at the national level in Washington D.C. for the Irene Ryan acting scholarship, as well as stage management, directing, lighting design, allied crafts, and dramaturgy.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Theatre Arts
  • Stage Technology
  • Introduction to Performance
  • Workshop in Theatre Production
  • Directing
  • Theatre History
  • Drawing and Rendering
  • Design for the Theatre
  • Stage Costuming

For more information please visit the program website.

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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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