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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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    Acting for Theatre, Film & Television - BFA Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,736 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Applied Theatre - BACS Cape Breton University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,105 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,016 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Arts Administration: Theatre - BA Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,534 USD

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Arts: Theatre - BA Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,309 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,923 CAD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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    Communication & Theatre - BA Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    49 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,560 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Associate in theatre studies

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    Drama: Theatre Arts - AA-T Los Medanos College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,303 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Theatre Arts - AA Santa Monica College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,047 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,048 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August
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    Theatre - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,093 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Theatre - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Theatre - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Diploma in theatre studies

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    Acting and Theatre - UGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,221 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,609 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Acting for Film, TV and Theatre - Dip Toronto Film School, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,804 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,850 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Theatre - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,093 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Theatre - Dip University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,748 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,900 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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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
    11,210 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in theatre studies

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    Musical Theatre - Cert College of the Desert, USA
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    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in theatre studies

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    Contemporary Circus with Physical Theatre - FdA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,032 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Theatre studies graduate programs

Master's in theatre studies

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    Devised Theatre and Performance - MA Rose Bruford College, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,219 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Theatre for Youth - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,118 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Theatre - MA Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,670 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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    Theatre (Directing) - MFA University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,117 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,118 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Theatre Arts: Acting - MFA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,620 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,620 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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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.