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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 - Performance - BFA Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January
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    Theatre Arts Administration - BSc Lees-McRae College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,490 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,490 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Theatre - Theatre Studies - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Theatre Studies - BA University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,006 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,425 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Theatre - BA Fairfield University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    47,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,650 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in theatre studies

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    Theatre - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Theatre Performance - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Theatre Arts (for Transfer) - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Theatre Arts for Transfer (AA-T) - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in theatre studies

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    Theatre - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,036 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Theatre - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Theatre Arts - Production - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,261 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Theatre Arts and Performance - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,152 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in theatre studies

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,446 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Theatre studies graduate programs

Master's in theatre studies

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    Theatre Studies - MA University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    22,186 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 30,095 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Theatre Arts: Theatre Studies Specialization - MA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Theatre (Design and Technology) - MFA University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Theatre Management - Dual MBA/MFA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Performance: Theatre - MA University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,768 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,950 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    19,768 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    13,232 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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.