The theatre degree programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance offer a vast array of study in performance, design, direction, and scholarship, but they all share one important approach: theatre students don't just learn, they are active participants throughout the entire process. Whether it's applying acting techniques in scene work or on stage, crafting designs for productions, teaching theatre in public schools or presenting research, students receive an active education that prepares them for real-world challenges. Students also benefit from a faculty comprised of professionals who maintain careers outside of the classroom, as well as an extensive guest artist program which brings in professional directors, designers and actors to work alongside student artists.
On the undergraduate level, students seeking a B.A. in theatre have the opportunity to act, direct, design, stage-manage, or learn about technical theatre or marketing as a member of a fully independent theatre organization that plans up to six plays each semester. Study abroad and student exchange programs allow undergraduates to learn more about theatre internationally or at other U.S. universities.
Graduate: M.A., M.A.T. and M.F.A.
The M.A. Program in Theatre is designed for those seeking preparation for a Ph.D. as well as for experienced and certified secondary-school teachers who want intensive academic course work in theatre. The University of South Carolina is the only school in the state that offers the M.F.A. in Acting, Design, or Directing – the highest degree possible in the fields of design and performance.