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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre and Dance degree allows students to explore multiple disciplines within the department, in addition to providing a solid general education. Students are trained to work in professional arts environments and educated in the rich traditions of theatre and dance. The Department of Theatre and Dance believes students should hold deep, complex understandings of theatre and dance so that they can participate in the widest possible cultural conversations about the arts. The elective hours included in this degree make it appropriate for students who have an interest outside of the department, such as a simultaneous major in another college or an academic or pre-professional program such as pre-med.

Students complete core coursework including Languages of the Stage, Production Lab, Technical Theatre, and Theatre History. Additional coursework may be selected from the following areas:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Dance
  • Lighting Design and Technology
  • Costume Design and Technology
  • Set Design and Technology
  • Stage Management
  • Performance as Public Practice
  • Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a major in the College of Fine Arts need to apply for an internal transfer. Internal transfer applicants are students currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who are seeking to transfer within or into a major in the College of Fine Arts. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures and requirements to apply. View helpful hints and FAQs for more information.

Prospective external transfer students can learn about the transfer application process to the College of Fine Arts.

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Required Courses

View the Theatre and Dance degree plans for a list of required coursework in this major.


Learn about the student experience in the Department of Theatre and Dance by viewing student spotlights and attending performances.


The study of theatre equips a student with a broad range of communication and organizational skills applicable to many careers, including those in the performing arts. The theatre major's presentation skills, ability to perform in public, and control of the voice and body provide a solid basis for working effectively with others.

Theatre also develops the ability to:

  • Concentrate intensely
  • Listen introspectively
  • Observe keenly
  • Solve problems creatively
  • Think critically
  • Develop a project collaboratively
  • Work independently
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Maintain composure when faced with the unexpected

A small sample of directly related careers

Casting Director
Costume Designer
Equipment Operator
Theater Critic
Talent Manager
Dance Therapist
Theater/Dance Instructor

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.