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What will I learn?

This programme theoretical and practical modules seek to:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of theatre practices in different forms and cultures, and of important critical approaches to the study of theatre;
  • provide students with practical experience of the theatre in operation both as a framework to theoretical understanding and as a means of developing relevant performance and production skills; and
  • train students in undertaking research in the field of theatre studies.

Theatre Studies examines the practical and theoretical aspects of theatre, in both Eastern and Western traditions. Students gain practical experience in theatre through theatre productions and from attachments to professional theatre companies.

In the foundational module, students are introduced to tools of dramatic and performance analysis such as semiotics, dramaturgy and contemporary theories of performance. This is complemented by practical work in stage space, design, technical production, acting and directing. Subsequently, students majoring in Theatre Studies select modules from amongst four main groups:

  • Survey;
  • Topics in Theatre;
  • Theory and Practice; and
  • Performance and Cultural Studies.

Survey modules train students to make connections across broad historical or cultural areas of theatre. Topics in Theatre provide modules in more specialized topics such as Singapore English-Language Theatre, and Theatre and Post-modernism. Theory and Practice modules integrate critical study and practical work, for instance in Acting Theory and Practice. Performance and Cultural Studies modules examine the mode of theatre in cross-disciplinary studies, comparing different mediums of performance, and exploring performativity in cultural practices.

Career Prospects

Graduates in Theatre Studies are well-trained for a variety of arts and media careers, such as journalism, arts design, planning and practice, but they also have the potential to enter a wide range of professions extending from teaching and research to the diplomatic service. Graduates in Theatre Studies are in heavy demand in a variety of theatre-related openings with such organizations as MediaCorp, MICA, NAC, and the Esplanade.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$17,550.00 (9,90,966) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should have completed a high school. English Language Requirements: EL1119 minimum acceptable score C6; IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET-200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based.

For international students

Students are admitted into the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), NUS. During their first few semesters in FASS, they will decide on their disciplinary major.

The common entry requirement for all three majors is that candidates should:

  • be exempted from the NUS Qualifying English Test, or
  • have passed the NUS Qualifying English Test, or
  • be exempted from further CELC remedial English modules

English Language Requirement: Applicants may present any of the following to fulfill the English Language requirement: IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Reading and Writing components; MUET – 200; TOEFL - 580 for paper-based / 92-93 for internet-based; EL1119 - C6.


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