Courses of Study

Within the liberal arts tradition of Illinois Wesleyan University, the School of Theatre Arts strives to create an environment conducive to the development of theatre artists, scholars and audiences. Theatre Arts majors, whether enrolled in the pre-professional training programs (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or the traditional liberal arts program (Bachelor of Arts), are urged to strengthen their understanding of the complex world they live in while they develop and sharpen their skills as theatre artists and scholars. Close interaction with fellow students and faculty helps to foster this development.

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Curricular Programs

The School of Theatre Arts offers three preprofessional Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees: the BFA in Acting, the BFA in Theatre Design & Technology and the BFA in Music Theatre. These specialized degree programs are designed for those students who aspire to a professional career in theatre.

All students applying for admission to any of the BFA degrees must meet University academic standards and present either an audition or design portfolio to the faculty in the School of Theatre Arts. Learn more about the audition process here.

Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are anchored in a broad liberal arts background with a core foundation courses in theatre arts in addition to the general education courses required by the University. The BA program provides the student with creative experiences and academic training through classroom and laboratory course of study with studio and performance experiences available. This degree program is particularly suited to the student who wishes to declare a second academic major or who has a strong interest in more than one aspect of theatre. Additionally, we offer minors in theatre arts, theatre dance, arts management, theatre design & technology and film studies.

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