BFA Theatre Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to provide a specialized program for students who show exceptional promise in the performance or production aspects of theatre. The curriculum involves intensive study in acting, directing, design, or stage technology. The objective of the program is to provide the Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate with a high level of competency, specialized knowledge and extensive experience in preparation for a professional career in theatre. Approximately one-half of the total undergraduate credit hours in the BFA degree program are devoted to theatre courses (66 credits) and provide a pre-professional's body of coursework, practical theatre experiences, and production responsibilities.

All students enter the Theatre program their first semester as Bachelor of Arts students. Students may apply to enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts - Theatre Program in their second (Spring) semester of study. All students planning to earn a BFA degree must audition or have a portfolio review and an interview midway through their first (fall) semester. Students who successfully complete the audition/interview process will be considered BFA applicants. At the end of their freshman year, students must meet the following criteria in order to advance to BFA candidate status:

  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Theatre courses.
  • Students must have accumulated 50 Theatre Production Hours
  • Students must audition/interview midterm before the Theatre faculty and demonstrate their capacity to continue in the BFA program.

At the midterm point of each semester at Salem State, BFA candidates must continue to audition/interview before the Theatre faculty and demonstrate their capacity to complete the BFA program.

Should the audition/interview not be acceptable, the BFA student will be put on probation status and will have one semester in which to reconcile the situation, while still a BFA student. However, should the audition/interview not be acceptable for a second semester, the BFA student will be invited to complete their Salem State education in the BA degree program.


Performance Option
Technical Option
Design Option
Stage Management Option

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Theatre Production Hours

The Theatre Arts Majors in both the BA and BFA degree programs, in addition to completing all required courses, must actively participate in productions at Salem State University throughout their undergraduate program. Theatre Production Hours (TPH) are earned by working on the faculty Mainstage and Callan Studio Theatre productions each semester...more.

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