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Theatre Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

12 months
29614 USD/year
29614 USD/year
14326 USD/year
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The Theatre Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign offers graduate and undergraduate degrees (BFA, MA + PhD) in the academic study of theatre as a liberal art. 

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The Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is an advanced academic program designed to nurture research and critical skills, knowledge, and professional skills for the potential theatre educator, scholar, and theatre professional. 

The program emphasizes the critical study of theatre history and performance in an interdisciplinary approach. It offers many opportunities for engagement as dramaturgs, directors, and creative artists.

Key Features 

  • The Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies may be completed within one year over the course of three semesters. Students must fulfill 32 hours of course work in theatre and related studies. 
  • Of these 32, 12 hours must be in courses numbered 500 or higher. Two semesters in residence are required. Internships may be required for those seeking to pursue professional careers.

Programme Structure

  • At least 16 hours of theatre history, literature and theory to be selected from approved courses.
  • A final portfolio or presentation is required.
  • At least 8 hours in theatre-related courses such as dramaturgy, acting, directing, design, digital media, museum studies, theatre technology, photography, storytelling, stage management, etc.

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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32 alternative credits


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General requirements

  • Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors of the applicant’s theatre and drama classes (sent separately by the letter writers).
  • A statement of professional intentions.
  • A resume of activities in theatrical production.
  • Foreign students must also submit recent official scores of the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT). Applicants should also submit financial certification statements.

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    14326 USD/year
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1100 - 1500 USD /month
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