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Students receive a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Working as part of a team, students learn to communicate and collaborate in a creative environment toward the realization of a theatrical production.

Students may choose to focus in acting, costume design, lighting design, or scenic design. Students participate in numerous departmental productions to gain practical experience, develop portfolios, and connect and apply ideas and theories from their coursework and life.

Theatre is the ideal program for the student who desires a general theatre education with a variety of experiences that will serve them in their future endeavors.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.

Plan of Study

Theatre, BA

Theatre Webpage

Transfer to Theatre

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in Theatre

  •   Actor
  •   Stage Manager
  •   Director/Producer
  •   Playwright
  •   Teacher
  •   Scenic Designer
  •   Promotions Manager
  •   House Manager
  •   Sales Marketing
  •   Business/Management

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