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BA in Performance Studies Texas A&M University



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The B.A. in Performance Studies offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of performance. Our degree is distinctive for its integration of music and theatre, and our Department is forward-looking in its curricular offerings. Our B.A. provides a foundation in critical reflection, analysis, and creative practice from which students can launch a variety of careers. In their core Performance Studies courses, B.A. Students are immersed in performance theory, learn the craft of creating live theatrical and musical performance, and cultivate essential research and writing skills to be successful citizens, scholars, and artists in the 21st century.

Four Pillars of the B.A. in Performance Studies

Performance as Research

In Performance Studies, we embrace the fact that live, embodied performance provides a unique way to know and understand the world. We value and champion such repertoires of knowledge alongside the many other ways of knowing represented in institutions of higher education. Students in our B.A. program learn to use performance as method for conducting research. In every class in our major, students perform: they stage plays and concerts, conduct ethnographic research, make films and podcasts, or present their scholarship to varied audiences. They do this to embrace the fact that a musician, an actor, a dancer, or performers of any stripe know the world differently by virtue of their performance practice. We train our B.A. students to translate that knowledge into a format with which it can be shared widely and effectively.

Global Performance Practices

The distance between College Station and Kuala Lumpur is no longer so great as it once may have been. We live in a globalized world and prepare our students to be global leaders. The B.A. in Performance Studies at Texas A&M University draws on the truly global expertise of our Department’s research faculty--experts in the expressive cultures of East and South Asia, West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and beyond. We bring artists from around the world to campus to work with our students, and we equip our students with the tools they need to be responsible global citizens.

Performance and Technology

The B.A. in Performance Studies at Texas A&M also emphasizes the intersection of performance and technology. We equip students both to take advantage of technological advances in their creative and professional lives, and to recognize the risks and rewards ongoing technology progress can provide to our communities. Students in our department take courses such as Electronic Composition and Intermedia Performance from faculty who study the latest developments in digital music-making, virtual reality filmmaking, acoustic surveillance and data doubles, and so on. Our Performance and Technology pillar takes advantage of our material resources in the Liberal Arts and Humanities building, and prepares students for life in the 21st century.

Performing Publics

Our courses emphasize the use of performance to create and circulate knowledge for and within a variety of communities; a dramaturgical focus on the publics for which we perform. Students in our B.A. program can take classes that study arts administration and work with non-profit organizations, that investigate performance in public institutions as varied as the City Council and the United Nations, and that focus on performance practices in museums, journalism, and so on. Our students learn to become informed and responsible citizens, and to use performance to serve their communities and the wider world.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BA in Performance Studies.

Full Time (120 semester credit hours)

Tuition fees

$37,890.00 (27,77,314) per year


13 Jan, 24 Aug


College of Liberal Arts

Coke Building 4223 TAMU,

415 Houston St,



77843, United States

Entry requirement for international students

High school/secondary transcript

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or

a minimum PTE Academic score of 53

a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band

When to Apply:

Spring/ August 1; Fall/December 1

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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