About the Program

Emerson College’s BFA in Theatre offers dynamic, comprehensive training grounded in the liberal arts. With a programmatic structure artfully balanced between study and practice, breadth and depth, arts and academics, our students will explore the world of the theatre and theatre in the world. Whether you are a future producer, director, playwright, dramaturg, administrator, or wish to create your own interdisciplinary path in the theatre, our program will help you grow into a multi-faceted practitioner of your craft.

Program Requirements

Requirements Credits
BFA Theatre 56
Electives 16
General Education Requirements 56
Total Credits 128

To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalog.

Department of Performing Arts Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st PA 101 Languages of the Stage 4
1st TH 141-148 Stagecraft Laboratories 4
1st TH 149 Emerson Stage Production Crew 0
2nd TH 215 World Drama in its Context I 4
2nd TH 216 World Drama in its Context II 4
3rd-4th TH Advanced Drama Studies 4
    Total Department of Performing Arts Core 20

BFA Theatre Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH 121 Text and Improvisation 4
1st TH 122 Voice and Movement 4
2nd TH 202 Theatre as a Collaborative Art 4
3rd TH 317 Play Analysis* 4

BFA Theatre Elective (Choose one of the following:)

Year Number Course Credits
2nd-4th TH 250 Design Essentials 4
2nd-4th TH 275 Arts Management I 4
2nd-4th TH 381 Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing 4
2nd-4th TH 388 Playwriting I 4
2nd-4th TH 410 Principles in Dramaturgy 4

*TH 317 and TH 410 may not simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the Performing Arts Core and the BFA Theatre Core.

BFA Theatre Advanced

Four 200-level or above PA/TH/DA/MU elective courses