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What will I learn?

What will I study?

The 36-credit Theatre Arts major with concentrations in musical theatre and acting prepares students to enter the theatre industry by gaining the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to pursue the most competitive jobs and career paths in theatre-related performing arts. Through a curriculum that combines theory and practice, Theatre Arts majors will acquire leadership skills through collaborative learning that focuses on artistic integrity, intellectual inquiry and development of the professional values and skills that lend themselves to a successful career after college.

Through the additional opportunity to take interdisciplinary course electives, students are also given the option to acquire additional specializations in the areas like film, television, new media or directing, and encouraged to participate in a wide variety of workshops and productions that combine theory and practice. Campus theater productions funded by the Division of Student Affairs are integrated into the curriculum and into students’ individualized academic advising plans, which gives theatre arts majors the flexibility to double major in the following 36-credit disciplines: Criminal Justice, Digital Communication, English, Global Studies, History, Mathematics, Media Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Theology and Religious Studies, Sociology or Spanish.

Why choose Theatre Arts at SHU?

Sacred Heart continues to expand its arts curricula in part as a response to the unprecedented growth of the Theatre Arts program by the Student Life Department. The program produces six full-scale productions each year – two main stage shows in the Edgerton Center and four Little Theatre shows. The musicals and plays range in style: past shows include Rent, Chicago, Dogfight, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boeing, Playboy of the Western World and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Courses are taught by professionals from the theatre industry, providing students with valuable networking opportunities. Students explore all elements of theatre preparing them for a successful career in a variety of fields, including theatre (acting, directing, producing, writing, stage management), television, film, education (kindergarten - higher education), media companies and art therapy to name a few.

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, internships can be taken as electives pending approval by an academic advisor and program director through Sacred Heart’s academic internship application process.

What are my career options with a Theatre Arts degree?

The Theatre Arts major allows students to develop the skills that will prepare them for numerous production, performance and other industry opportunities. The Theatre Arts curriculum will give students a broad range of communication, organizational and problem-solving skills that are applicable to a wide range of jobs, including a career in the performing arts as an actor, director, producer, playwright, stage manager or educator.

Specific examples of potential employers of Theatre Arts majors include:

  • Production companies
  • Television, radio, and film
  • Community organizations
  • Casting agencies
  • Arts councils
  • Libraries
  • Theater management
  • Touring companies
  • Educational/cultural institution
  • Universities and K-12 schools
  • Performing arts organizations
  • Public relations agencies

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$42,800.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 11 January 2021


Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue,



06825, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary-school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

For international students

Students must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary-school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

English language proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT, IELTS - 6.5, PTE - 62, iTEP - 5, ELS English for Academic Purposes - Level 112, Cambridge Advanced English – 58.

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About this uni

With an employability record of 95% at the Institution, Sacred Heart graduates secure jobs soon after completing their studies.

  • 4th among ‘Most Innovative Universities’ in the North USA
  • Has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Home to a total of over 8,000 students
  • Home to award-winning halls of residence