Bachelor of Arts in Drama

The faculty of the School of Drama considers the optimum preparation for the theatre artist to be comprised of a liberal arts undergraduate major in drama and a graduate conservatory education. Therefore, the School's BA program is dedicated to providing a well-rounded major within a liberal arts context. Almost half of this major is devoted to theatre history, theatre literature and criticism; the balance consists of courses in all elements of production. The breadth of required general education courses is viewed as a means to an enriched artistic expressiveness.

Overview of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Drama enhances and enriches the general bachelor's degree at the University of Washington with the specific study of the history, methods and applications in the dramatic arts.Students who graduate from the School of Drama with a bachelor's degree have evolved creative skills, are poised to become citizen leaders and possess a wide range of skills that are applicable to any career that requires collaborative skills, creative innovation, project realization, personnel organization and critical thinking.In addition, we have designed the major so that students can access the hundreds of diverse course offerings at the University of Washington. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama also allows students the opportunity to double major with another program at UW.

The core competencies in our curriculum:

  • A specific knowledge and understanding of theatre history and its literature. The methodologies behind traditional and new modes of performance.
  • A creative process that emphasizes collaboration and critical thinking.
  • A spirit of intellectual and imaginative inquiry.

The key elements of the program:

  • Balanced, sequential curriculum with the opportunity for students to focus on: performance, scholarship or design.
  • Practical lab and production experience in the School of Drama’s main stage season as well as laboratory and independent study projects.
  • Diverse artistic and career opportunities through: unique study abroad programs, internships with professional organizations, classes taught by highly qualified artists and craftspeople, networking with Seattle theatre and arts institutions.

Program of Study

Undergraduate majors have three options from which to choose: Drama; Drama Performance; and Drama Design. Within each option, students will study a mix of acting, technical theater, theatre history, dramatic literature, and electives. Drama elective courses include courses in intermediate and advanced level acting, design and technical theatre; stage management, directing, approved internship experiences, and more. For BA core requirements, see the Undergraduate BA Drama Home Page .

The BA program is projected to be a four-year degree, although some students have found it to take longer. Duration in the program can be affected by the timeliness of the major declaration, amount and type of transfer credits, if any, and quarterly credit load.

The faculty encourages drama students to complete the required core courses as early as possible to allow maximum opportunity for advanced level coursework and enrichment during the senior year.

Admission Requirements & Application Procedures

UW Office of Admissions has information on applying to the University of Washington.

Undergraduates entering the BA program in Drama must first be admitted to the University.
Admission to drama major status requires the completion of four prerequisite courses: Drama 201; one from Drama 210, 211, 212 and 213; one from Drama 290, 291, 292; and Drama 251. A student must achieve an average GPA of 2.50 or higher for the five courses.

No audition is required to declare a Drama major. (Auditions are required, however, for such classes as intermediate and advanced level acting.)

To learn more about the BA program, meet with a current student, or arrange to sit in on a class, please email

Drama Scholarships

Full-time undergraduate drama majors may apply for a variety of annual School of Drama scholarships. Applications are available early spring from the advising office, and awards are determined by a faculty committee on the basis of demonstrated merit, talent, financial need and contribution to the School.

For more detailed information about scholarships, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor.