Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance is a nationally recognized program offering exceptional pre-professional training in a liberal arts setting. Students have opportunities to study abroad, take workshops with internationally renowned guest artists and industry professionals, and get involved in immersive learning projects with real-world impact. We prepare talented students from around the country for careers in acting, musical theatre, dance, directing, playwriting, design, stage management, theatre management, technical theatre, dramaturgy, and teaching at the secondary school level.
Our degrees are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools
of Theatre and National Association of Schools of Dance. The following bachelor's degree programs are available:
Major in Theatre, 58–85 hours: You may choose one of six options of specialization:
Every theatre major takes classes in acting, stagecraft, directing, and theatre history. Acting and musical theatre students must pass a jury at the end of their freshman, sophomore, and junior years and an exit jury as a senior. Nonperformance students must present a portfolio and/or display examples of their work at the end of each year and pass an
exit portfolio review as a senior.
Major in Dance, 85 hours:
Minors: The following minors are available in theatre and dance:
In addition to intensive classroom instruction from a faculty of working professionals, our diverse production season of 15-20 productions each year provides students with numerous opportunities to work on classic and contemporary plays, musicals, dance pieces, and works that are devised or not textually based.
B.F.A Musical Theatre
B.A./B.S. Design and Technology
B.A./B.S. Directing/Stage Management
B.A./B.S. Theatrical Studies
B.A./B.S. Theatre Education
Undergraduate Course Catalog
University Core Curriculum
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