Theater and Community Engagement Undergraduate Certificate

Merge the performing arts and real-world topics through the Theater and Community Engagement Undergraduate Certificate in Temple University’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. You’ll learn how to effectively use theater to examine complex issues in society. Utilize the art and creativity of theater to address problems that impact individuals and their entire communities, all while providing important arts access to underserved communities.

Some of the topics explored through the coursework include

  • bullying,
  • poverty and its effect on class structure,
  • race as it relates to opportunities, and
  • sexuality and longstanding gender roles and norms.

This four-course, 12-credit certificate is offered on Temple’s Main Campus, and it is open to undergraduates currently enrolled in a degree program at the university. Based in Philadelphia, students in the program can access the city’s robust diversity and unique societal challenges to inform their work. The Theater and Community Engagement Undergraduate Certificate program is ideal for students seeking experience in community theater and it prepares them for graduate-level coursework.

Classes & Curriculum

Students interested in the Theater and Community Engagement Undergraduate Certificate will take the required course Community Engaged Theater.

Students also select three elective courses, which include

  • Classics in African-American Theater,
  • Performance Art,
  • Poetry as Performance,
  • Poetic Ethnography,  
  • Queer Theater,
  • Theater of Protest or
  • Women in Theater.

Learn more about the coursework for the Theater and Community Engagement Undergraduate Certificate.

Related Graduate Degrees

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Internships and Opportunities

The Theater Department has forged strong relationships with theaters and dance institutions throughout Philadelphia, providing many internship opportunities for students. Theater students have interned with the

Learn more about career, internship and other opportunities.

School Partnerships & Associations

In addition to productive, internship-generating relationships with theatrical institutions, the Theater Department also maintains memberships with the

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.

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