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Theater Studies

Mills College

48 months
29340 USD/year
29340 USD/year
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Join a collaborative community of interdisciplinary artists with the Theater Studies program of Mills College. Gain hands-on experience in an intimate studio program and hone your skills in a celebrated regional theater in San Francisco.


About the Theater Studies Program

The Theater Studies program of Mills College will immerse you in extraordinary opportunities on and off the stage, including experiential courses at the Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. You’ll be empowered to perform, design, direct, and experiment—right from the start. In small, interactive classes covering topics from acting to staging, you’ll receive personalized attention from professors who are active performing arts professionals. You’ll join with other theater students—as well as students in other disciplines—to write, produce, and perform an original documentary theater piece that explores a topic relevant to Mills College and the Oakland community.

As a theater major at Mills College, you’ll take five required courses at ACT, which allows you to build professional relationships with a regional theater. You’ll attend performances all around the Bay Area and get to know the San Francisco theater community. Your studies will conclude with a senior thesis in the form of a piece you direct and perform (you may also write it!).

Throughout your studies, you’ll acquire the rigorous academic and experiential background necessary to thrive in the theater world and in a wide range of other careers.

What Can I Do with a Theater Studies Degree from Mills?

Theater studies majors acquire a diverse skill set—creative thinking and writing, collaboration, problem-solving, leadership—that are valuable assets in varied careers. In recent years, theater graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:

  • Professor and Program Director of Digital Filmmaking
  • Actor and Teacher
  • Director of Development and Communications
  • Manager of Brand Content and Engagement Strategy
  • Film and Theater Professor

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Embodied Movement
  • Documentary Theater/Playwriting
  • Directing
  • Communication, Presence & Public Speaking
  • Topics in Musical Theater
  • Costume Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • In addition to submitting standard information, you’ll also share a personal statement and/or response to our supplemental question. The application fee is $50.
  • Official transcripts provide the clearest record of your academic experience and achievement. Non-English transcripts need to be accompanied by a certified translation. 
  • Mills has a test-optional admission policy. If you feel that your SAT or ACT score is a good indication of your academic ability, we’d love to see it. If not, you don’t have to submit your score.
  • To ensure your academic success at Mills, all non-native English speakers or students who have lived in a non-English speaking culture for three or more years must show proof of English language proficiency.
  • As part of the Mills admission process, you will need to submit a completed Certification of Finances form and official supporting bank documentation.

Tuition Fee

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    29340 USD/year
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    29340 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29340 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Oakland

1055 - 1962 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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