Theatre Studies

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Theatre Studies?

Theatre Studies is a concentration within Theatre. This program lays the groundwork for students who are planning to pursue advanced training or graduate studies. Our curriculum includes a comprehensive study of theatre. Students will learn about both historical and current theatre practices. In this program, you'll also discover new theatre practices and learn how to apply them in the future. This concentration has a lot of flexibility, allowing for individual exploration. Applications of this degree range from playwriting to theatre management. You must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Casting
  • Directing
  • Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Producing
  • Screenwriting
  • Scriptwriting
  • Teaching
  • Theatre management

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898