The objective of the undergraduate curriculum is to develop within students the creative, cognitive, communication and entrepreneurial skills that will prepare them as citizens of the world and artists contributing to the development of the future of theater in the 21st century. We hope to inspire our students to fulfill their creative potential within an ever more interdisciplinary artistic environment that is responsive to tomorrow's marketplace and the future needs of our multiple communities.
The undergraduate curriculum is intended to combine outstanding liberal arts classes with intensive theater studies. The department requires that all undergraduate students take a broad foundation of theater classes and also have the opportunity for more specialized theater studies as they progress through the program. Students also participate in the extensive department production programs. These opportunities onstage, front of the house, and backstage are a natural and important extension of classroom work.
The successful student graduates from the program with excellent communication skills, a broad-based liberal arts background, developed abilities within the discipline of theater, the appreciation of a commitment to artistry, and the life-learning capacities that will enable success in a wide variety of future endeavors. Our alumni are not only successful artists in theater and all of the entertainment industries, but they are also leaders in many other fields.
The department offers five paths of study for students in the theater major:
Musical Theater (BFA)
Theater Education 4+1 Program (BA, MEd)
Students who do not select a concentration are considered to be in the Theater Studies Sequence. Theater Studies has the maximum flexibility allowing students to select varied coursework within the department, pursue a minor or double major, and participate in several extracurricular clubs.
The Theater Studies Sequence prepares students to enter graduate programs or pursue careers in theater, as well as other industries and fields. It is within this sequence that entrepreneurial students, the student who wishes to explore future interdisciplinary linkages, or those most interested in playwriting, might best fit.
Auditions are required for entry into the BFA in Musical Theater and the Acting Concentration. Information about audition requirements, dates and location can be found on the Audition Information page.
All undergraduate applicants, freshman or transfer, must complete an application. It is highly recommended that applicanta create an account and apply to the university within the TU Portal Account. Other options included submitting Temple’s Online Application or filling out a Common Application.
You also have the option of downloading the PDF file and submitting a paper application along with your supporting materials.
Questions? Email: TFMA@temple.edu.