Theater Major

Learn to fulfill your creative potential and develop a strong foundation from which to launch an artistic career by earning the Bachelor of Arts in Theater in Temple’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. This 124-credit hour undergraduate program is meant to impart the cognitive and creative skills necessary to cultivating the next generation of theater actors, designers, directors and teachers. There are five concentrations offered within the program.

Developed within an interdisciplinary artistic environment in the bustling heart of Philadelphia, students also enjoy a vast array of opportunities for learning outside of the classroom.

Theater Studies Sequence

Students not pursuing one of the five areas of concentration listed above are considered to be pursuing a Theater Studies Sequence. The curriculum is designed so that a broad foundation of theater classes - referred to as Theater Foundation Courses - eventually give way to opportunities for more specialized courses, determined by the student’s goals and with input from faculty.

This program affords maximum flexibility, and the chance to pursue a variety of coursework, as well as a minor or double major. Though the focus will always remain on the theater, general theater majors develop life-long skills which extend well beyond the stage, such as artistic leadership and creative communication, preparing them for professional careers not just within the world of theater but any industry they should choose.

Production Opportunities

Whether pursuing a concentration or the Theater Studies Sequence, students will have the opportunity to participate in the department’s extensive production programs, touching nearly every aspect of a production from backstage to front of house to onstage. Through these experiences, students develop first-hand knowledge of lighting, set design, script work, creative communication, artistic leadership and more.


You can focus on Theater or you can take one of the following concentrations.

    • Acting
    • Design and Producation
    • Directing
    • Musical Theater
    • Theater Education

Classes & Curriculum

The Theater BA program is designed so that liberal arts classes are combined with intensive theater studies, leading to a complete understanding of the world of theater. Over the course of the program, students will work toward either a Theater Studies Sequence, or one of five concentrations, listed above. Students are encouraged to choose courses which best fit their desired area of focus.

Learn more about Theater Major courses.

Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates

  • Acting Certificate
  • Stage Management Certificate
  • Theater Education Certificate
  • Theater and Community Engagement Certificate
  • Voice and Speech Certificate

Theater Education 4+1 Program 

The Theater Education 4+1 Program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with a focus on theater education, a Master of Education, a minor in English and a certificate to teach in secondary schools in Pennsylvania. Students in the 4+1 Program begin taking graduate-level courses in their junior and senior year, which leaves only 19 credit hours of graduate work to be completed after earning the BA in Theater.

Learn more about the Theater Education 4+1 Program.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

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