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Catawba College Theatre Arts is grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and we are quite different from conservatory style training. All Theatre students, regardless of degree track, are required to take courses and have experiences in many different aspects of theatre, onstage and off, and all of our classes are open to any student regardless of degree track.

The main differences of our Theatre Arts degree tracks:

The B.A. allows for more freedom and diversity in your interests, for students who enjoy lots of aspects of theater and want to develop a broader variety of skills and interests in theatre, or for those wanting double majors or more travel experiences. No pre-approval is needed to declare a B.A. major in Theatre Arts.

B.F.A. tracks have a narrower focus and have less freedom for students to explore the variety of interests outside the BFA focal area, better for students who desire more structure and want to focus deeply on a specific area of theatre (Performance, Musical Theatre, Design and Production). BFA students must audition/apply and be approved for their BFA program. 

The B.S. is an interdisciplinary degree that overlaps with the business school. No pre-approval is needed to declare a B.S. in Theatre Arts Administration.

Selecting a degree path for this application does NOT lock you into anything; it just gives us a sense of where you see yourself right now. It is common to discover new interests and change degree tracks while you are here.

ALL APPLICANTS: please upload a current headshot and a resume describing the breadth and depth of your experiences in theatre. We are interested in all of your theatrical experiences: not just your particular area of focus.

ALL APPLICANTS: Please upload pertinent support materials to demonstrate your artistic engagement in theatre, as relevant to your desired degree track:

  • B.A. – submit at least two (2) of the following: 1 minute monologue, 1 minute song performance, sample prompt book, publicity materials, design drawings, digital portfolio, original script sample, etc.
  • B.S. – submit a two minute presentation of pertinent materials as evidence of your experiences and interests in theatre administration. You may also submit further materials if desired (sample prompt books, publicity materials, design drawings, monologue performance, song performance, etc.)
  • BFA Performance – Submit two contrasting monologues, of 1 minute each. You may also submit other materials if desired (song performance, sample prompt book, publicity, materials, design drawings, digital portfolio, etc.)
  • BFA Musical Theatre – Submit a one minute monologue, and two contrasting song selections of 1 minute each (with track or live accompaniment). You may also submit other materials if desired (sample prompt book, publicity, materials, design drawings, digital portfolio, etc.)
  • BFA Design and Production – submit a two minute presentation of designs, drawings, sketches, photos, and other evidence to support the extent and depth of experience in design/tech, and include a link to a digital portfolio, if applicable. You may also submit other materials if desired (monologue, songs, sample prompt book, publicity materials, original script samples, etc.)

For a more detailed overview of the Shuford School of Performing Arts and our programs, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Caitie Connor, Admissions Counselor for the Shuford School of Performing Arts at csconnor20@catawba.edu.