The School of Dramatic Arts was founded by Arthur Miller in 1917 and its reputation has grown in the decades since then. The School provides both undergraduate and graduate programs in drama that is taught on a part-time basis or as a full-time program.
The drama department offers many different programs, including the Bachelor of Arts degrees in theater and drama, Bachelor of Arts degrees in acting, Bachelor of Science degrees in acting, Bachelor of Arts degrees in dance and drama, Bachelor of Arts degrees in film and video, Bachelor of Arts degrees in design and architecture, Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and drama, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in visual arts and communication. The Drama Department offers a number of graduate degrees, which prepare students for their careers in the theatrical arts. The following are just a few examples of the graduate degrees offered at the School of Dramatic Arts.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree: A Bachelor of Arts degree can be used for all the degrees listed above, but it is also an excellent choice if you have general education requirements such as foreign language and history, but little to no theater experience or background.
Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree: A Master of Arts degree focuses more on the training in the drama arts and is intended to provide students with an advanced understanding of how to use the skills and techniques of drama to create dramatic works of art.
Doctorate Degree in Acting (D.A.} Degree: The doctorate degree is designed for people who have a strong background in the field of acting and want to develop into a more significant actor and director. Doctorate degrees at the School of Dramatic Arts offer intensive training in both acting and directing. In addition to acting courses, students also gain extensive training in writing, technical aspects of acting, theater history, and modern acting techniques.
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Music Education is an excellent choice for those interested in a career in the entertainment field and those who have no formal acting training but wish to become a musician. The Bachelor’s degree in Music Education provides students an opportunity to learn to perform in the field and take advanced musical training at the same time.
Master’s Degree in Music: Students in the Master’s Degree in Music Education program will develop advanced skills in musical theatre and music history. The curriculum at the Master’s Degree in Music Education program focuses on the practical application of theory to real-life performance.
Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts: The Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts program focuses more on the theory of performance than on the actual physical elements of performance. This program offers classes such as acting, voice and percussion techniques, visual arts, visual culture, literature, dance, and sculpture, and much more.
Master’s Degree in Theater: Those wishing to pursue a career as an actor in the theater can complete their Master’s degree in Theater. At the Master’s degree in Theater program, students are trained in the fundamentals of acting, directing, and choreography as well as the finer points of the theater.
Doctorate Degree in Drama: Those students are interested in a career in film, television, stage, and opera generally need to complete the Doctorate Degree in Theatre. In this degree program, students are trained in the creative and professional aspects of drama production as well as the practicalities of performing on stage.
The School of Dramatic Arts is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Schools of Theater Arts and Sciences (CAPS). The School is a member of the American Guild of Schools of Theater Arts (AGSA).