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Theatre Arts Major


Join award-winning faculty in a collaborative learning environment. From day one, learn-by-doing through your coursework and production opportunities. 









Total Credit Hours: 120

Theatre Arts Courses (48-57 hours)

General Education (45 hours)

Free Electives (9 hours)


What You'll Study

The Theatre program offers three different options for the student’s individual focus: theatre general, theatre design and technology, and theatre performance.

In addition to your theatre arts courses, you will complete a total of 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech’s Pathways



Curious how the degree requirements will fit into your experience at Virginia Tech? See the roadmaps below for a sample schedule of courses each year. Your academic advisor will help you create a personalized version based on your goals and other areas of interest. The individualized plan will also include your AP, IB, dual enrollment, or transfer credit.

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What is a Degree in Theatre Arts?

A degree in theatre provides the foundation for a fulfilling, imaginative, and ever evolving future career. By exploring each area of production over the course of your program, you can develop a wide range of skills and a full-scale appreciation of the theatrical art form. 

A theatre degree is not just about learning, it's about doing! Our students are active participants in our shows. Between mainstage and workshop productions, there is not shortage of quality experiences to be gained. 

Why Study Theatre Arts Here?

The Theatre program at Virginia Tech features an impressively low student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1 ensuring your faculty advisors are devoted to learning who you are as an artist and helping you grow as an individual. 

In addition to working with expert faculty, you join a supportive community of young artists. Collaborate artistically with undergraduate and graduate students alike as you think outside of the box - together!

Beyond the Classroom

Get Involved

Undergraduate students take an active involvement in both our mainstage and workshop productions, whether as a performer or within a wide range of production roles.


Balm in Giliad
Photo: Edmee Rodriguez

Hands-On Work

Design classes give students the experience to practice hands-on work in a variety of areas within the realm of technical theatre. Whether you’re interested in costumes, set building, painting, props, or lights, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up new skills.


Theatre Details - Costume Design

Study Away 

Learn more about London Calling, our study abroad opportunity with the English Department. You could live and study in London for a month and even intern overseas!


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Expert Faculty 

We have a wide range of esteemed faculty members who are passionate about your education.

In classroom and production settings, you’ll also get to know our talented cohort of graduate students as you learn from them and with them.


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Careers and Further Study

What do I do with a major in theatre arts?

Our three unique degree options will open the door to a number of exciting career opportunities in the Theatre industry. Examples include:

Stage Performer
Stage Manager
Designer (Sets, Costumes, Lights, Sound)
Technical Director
Props Artisan
Arts Manager