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Study theatre studies abroad

An in-depth guide to studying theatre studies as an international student.

Theatre studies degrees abroad

Theatre studies is the perfect program for students looking to turn their passion for theatre into a successful career. It combines theory and practice to equip students with the knowledge, confidence, and creativity needed to pursue their dreams.

As a theatre studies student, you’ll take classes in acting, directing, playwriting, stage management, and more. You’ll consider how humans have used the theatre to express themselves throughout history, and how performance techniques and are constantly evolving.

Studying theatre abroad is a wonderful chance to broaden your horizons and enrich your education. You’ll get to study texts in the places they were written, encounter new performance styles and methods, and work alongside professionals who’ll push you to be your best.

Theatre studies program structure

You’ll have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to enrolling in a theatre studies program. Two-year associate degrees are a great option for students looking to gain a thorough introduction to the field so they can secure entry-level employment or progress onto further study.

Bachelor’s programs are studied over three or four years, depending on your university and country of study. Some institutions will allow you to combine theatre studies with another program like dance, English, film, or history as part of a joint honors program.

If you’re planning on going to the USA to earn your undergraduate degree, you’ll know that bachelor’s programs in the US take four years to complete. You’ll work on your general education for the first half of your program, before concentrating on theatre-specific modules for the remaining two years.

Postgraduate degrees allow students to undertake more advanced research and training in theatre studies. Master’s programs usually require one or two years of study, while doctoral degrees take between four and seven years of work.

Your timetable will largely be made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical workshops. You’ll be assessed both practically and theoretically through a mixture of essays, presentations, performances, and practical assignments.

The content of programs can differ substantially between universities because of different cultural contexts, theatrical rituals, and performance approaches. However, the majority of courses across the globe will touch on these core topics:

  • Theatre skills
  • Theatre making - scenography and technology
  • Production for stage and screen
  • Theatre, society and culture
  • Theatre and text
  • Acting for stage
  • Playwriting
  • Classical to modern theatre
  • Contemporary theatre

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Theatre studies study abroad programs

Theatre studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in theatre studies

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    Theatre Arts (Design & Production) - BFA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Communication Arts - Theatre - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,190 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Performance (Music Theatre) - BMus Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,134 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Drama and Theatre Arts - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Theatre Design Production and Technology - BA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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Pathway in theatre studies

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    Theatre & Performance (Foundation) - UGP Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre - UGP Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in theatre studies

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    Theatre Arts - Performance - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,840 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Theatre Arts and Performance - Dip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Theatre studies graduate programs

Master's in theatre studies

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    Theatre Arts/Acting/Directing - MFA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media) - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Theatre Studies - MA University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    30,095 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Theatre - History and Criticism - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Theatre (Design and Technology) - MFA University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in theatre studies

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    Dance, Theatre and Music - PhD University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in theatre studies

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    Theatre Arts - Performance - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,632 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future theatre studies careers

A degree in theatre studies can open up several enjoyable and lucrative career paths. You can apply your communication, collaboration and presentation skills across several sectors, including performing arts, education, charity, private business, and healthcare.

Here are some of the positions that theatre graduates set their sights on:

  • Actor
  • Theatre director
  • Arts administrator
  • Dramatherapist
  • Drama teacher
  • Theatre stage manager
  • Casting agent
  • Playwright

To stand the best chance to landing your dream job, you’ll need to showcase your passion, enthusiasm and experience to recruiters. Getting involved in your university’s theatre society, volunteering at community theatre groups, and completing internships with industry experts are great ways to hone your craft and build your professional network.