Bs In Drama Theatre And Performance
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Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Aug 19, 2024
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Elevate Your Acting and Performing Skills with Liberty’s BS in Theatre Arts – Performance

Refine your craft and enhance your performance capabilities as you pursue a career in theatre arts. Obtain practical theatrical knowledge through our academic productions and jumpstart your professional path by earning credits with our Alluvion Stage Company. Accomplish all this while earning your Bachelor of Science (BS) in Theatre Arts – Performance at Liberty University.

Grounded in a Christian foundation, our Theatre Arts Department focuses on teaching foundational skills necessary for performance in both theatre and film. The performance specialization can further develop your acting, musical, and vocal talents through workshops that build upon your existing abilities. Discover how to bring characters to life onstage and in film, captivating audiences everywhere.

Our theatre arts bachelor’s degree offers a first-rate education designed to provide you with the expertise and hands-on experience needed for success in a variety of theatre-related careers. Learn from faculty members who embrace their Christian faith and are active professionals specializing in diverse areas, such as acting, voice, songwriting, directing, dance, choreography, stage movement, stage combat, lighting, design, drama ministry, and theatre history.

Through Liberty’s bachelor of performing arts, you can gain the skills you need to deliver optimal shows. The practical experience you gain can help enhance your confidence in your abilities as well as reinforce what you learn in the classroom. Let our experienced professors come alongside you and help you be the best you can be.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor’s Degree in Performing Arts?

Liberty University’s BS in Theatre Arts – Performance stands out among other programs because of its special mix of faith-based education, dedicated professors, and many chances for you to grow. Our classes teach strong acting and production skills while including Christian values. This helps you explore your creativity and talents while displaying integrity. Our caring faculty have extensive experience in the performing arts, so they can give you their personal help and advice.

Liberty University also offers amazing hands-on experiences through school productions, letting you use what you learn in real life. Our Alluvion Stage Company sets us apart from other schools by letting you earn professional credits while you’re still a student. This can improve your résumé and help you make important connections in the theatre world, paving the way for you to start your career after graduation.

Additionally, you’ll have many opportunities to practice and improve your skills with the help of our experienced professors. Our students have written, directed, and acted in their own shows, displaying their talents and ideas. Our theatre department also gives you more chances to learn and meet people in the theatrical field through our chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega honor society and trips to other countries where you can use theatre to connect with different cultures.

Finally, Liberty University has a friendly and caring atmosphere where students and professors can work together and grow as artists. Our modern facilities help you do your best in all parts of theatre arts, from acting to set design. If you choose Liberty University’s BS in Theatre Arts – Performance, you can be sure you’re getting a great education that can help you gain the skills, experience, and connections you need to succeed in your career and make a difference in the realm of stage and film performance.

What’s the difference between the BA and BS in Theatre Arts?

The main difference between the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science is that the Bachelor of Arts includes a foreign language component. This valuable addition to your education broadens your horizons and equips you with an extra skill that can enhance your versatility in the realm of theatre arts. On the other hand, if you opt not to study a foreign language, the Bachelor of Science offers the advantage of extra elective credits, allowing you to tailor your coursework to align with your personal and professional goals.

    What Will You Learn in Our Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree?

    Our goal is to help you learn the skills and knowledge you need to make amazing theatre productions that honor God. Our theatre arts bachelor’s degree teaches you about both the theoretical and hands-on parts of acting and making shows. You’ll learn about stagecraft, stage management, directing, and how to include Christian values in theatre. You’ll also get to practice what you learn with the help of your professors and complete a major capstone project at the end of your studies.

    In our bachelor’s in theatre arts program with a focus on performance, you’ll learn about the many different facets of acting. You’ll work on creating characters, using your voice, and moving onstage. This can help you become a better performer who keeps audiences interested. You’ll also learn about singing, speaking in different accents, and being in musicals, giving you many skills to use in the world of theatre. The whole time, you’ll be encouraged to include faith-based values in your work, which can make your productions more meaningful.

    By joining our BS in Theatre Arts program, you can learn many skills to help you do well in different theatre jobs. You can also improve at your art and gain the confidence to go on and participate in great theatre productions.

    Review the Degree Completion Plan and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

    Featured Courses

    THEA 251 – Musical Theatre I

    THEA 301 – Acting II

    THEA 311 – Acting for Film I

    THEA 441 – Stage Accents

    Degree Information
    Admission Requirements

    Highlights of Our Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance Degree Program

    • You will study under professors with years of real-world experience in professional productions who have a passion for teaching you how to create innovative theatre that glorifies God.
    • Our bachelor’s in theatre arts program produces graduates of distinction who have achieved roles as production manager for Carnival Cruise Lines, dresser for Broadway’s WICKED, and actor in “The Walking Dead.”
    • Our students recently received a research grant to write and perform Bloodroot: The Ballad of Clinch Mountain, a play highlighting the achievements of women in both content and production.
    • Many of our students have been nominated for the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan award for acting.
    • You will have opportunities to network with other young professionals through our chapter of Alpha Psi Omega.
    • Our Tower and Black Box Theaters allow you to gain experience in designing, directing, and performing in a variety of spaces.
    • Our professional Alluvion Stage Company provides you with opportunities for additional experience beyond student productions.

    Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

    Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

    • Admission application
    • Official high school transcripts
    • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
    • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
    • Admission essay

     *Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.

    Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Information

    • Residential 
    • 120 total credit hours
    • Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree
    • This bachelor’s degree falls under our School of Communication and the Arts
    • All declared Bachelor of Science theatre students must complete a production interview once admitted to Liberty University, with the option of pursuing an audition as well
    • View our bachelor’s in theatre arts Degree Completion Plan
    • Find more information about our theatre arts program in our course catalog

      Potential Career Opportunities for BS in Theatre Arts Graduates

      • Actor
      • Art critic
      • Director
      • Drama ministry leader
      • Dramaturge
      • House manager
      • Performing arts coordinator
      • Play submissions editor
      • Program director
      • Public relations manager
      • Scriptwriter
      • Special events coordinator
      • Stage manager
      • Theatre historian
      • Theatre manager