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Degree Requirements

Getting Your Degree

Tisch Drama offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre.  Candidates for the degree must fulfill the following requirements:

A minimum of 48 credits of Professional Training

A minimum of 28 credits of Theatre Studies

A minimum of 32 credits of General Education

A minimum of 20 credits of Electives

Students should finish with enough credits in the above four areas to total 128 credits.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

There are two phases of professional training:

Primary Studio Training: Students complete 4 sequential semesters (32 credits) in the same studio. This is know as the “4-in-1 requirement.” Students must earn a grade of “C” or better to receive Primary Training credit.

Additional Professional Training: Complete 16 credits of additional professional training. Additional Professional Training includes Advanced Studios and Internships and is sometimes available at Study Abroad sites. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better to receive Additional Professional Training Credit.

Theatre Studies

Students take a minimum of seven courses from a theatre studies curriculum that reflects Tisch Drama’s goal: to give students the artistic and intellectual foundations necessary for a successful professional life in the theatre and allied disciplines. The professional training received in studio is contextualized within and enriched by a knowledge of the theatre as an art and an institution, with a history, a literature, and a vital role in culture.  Also, because we recognize that even the most talented actors and designers face formidable challenges in this exceptionally competitive profession, we prepare students to pursue other career choices within the field, including graduate study in fields such as theatre history, dramatic literature, and performance studies.

Theatre Studies Required Courses

Minimum of 28 credits

The Theatre studies Curriculum consists of two required introductory courses, Introduction to Theatre Studies and Introduction to Theatre Production, followed by a minimum of five theatre studies courses in such areas as dramatic literature, theatre theory, performance studies.

Required Introductory Courses

Intro to Theatre Studies (ITS) for (4 pts) and Intro to Theatre Production (ITP) for (4 pts). Transfer students are not required to take ITP but must make up the credits with another theatre studies class.

 

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better to receive theatre studies credit for either of these courses. Students who fail ITS must retake the course in the next possible semester and in each subsequent semester until they pass the course. Students who fail ITP do not need to retake the course but must make up the credits with another theatre studies class. Students who pass ITS and/or ITP with a grade of “C-” or “D” do not need to retake either course but must make up the credits with another theatre studies class.

Advanced Theatre Studies

Students must also take 20 points (5 courses) of Advanced Theatre Studies (B/C). At least 8 of those points (2 courses) must be Group C. The classes will be labeled (B/C) every semester in the Department of Drama course listings. Declared double majors are allowed to waive 4 pts of advanced theatre studies B credit.

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or better to receive Theatre Studies credit. A grade of “C-” or “D” will count as Elective credit. Students who complete the requirements for a declared double major may graduate with only 24 credits of theatre studies, which include ITS, ITP and 8 credits of Theatre Studies C.

  • The Department of Drama accepts up to 8 credits of Theatre Studies transfer credit toward the theatre studies requirement, provided that the courses are comparable to courses offered in the Department of Drama.

Learn more about our other Theatre Studies Programs

General Education

Gen Ed credit can be earned from almost any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science (CAS). Students must eventually complete 8 points of Science, 8 points of Humanities, and 8 additional points of Balance of Liberal Arts (Science or Humanities).

General Education Options

Expository Writing (through TSOA's Department of Art and Public Policy):

8 credits required for Freshmen; 4 credits for Transfer students. *See “Expository Writing” for full policy.

Humanities

Two courses for a total of 8 credits from one or more of these areas:

Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, English (except Dramatic Literature), European Studies, French*, German*, Hellenic Studies, Irish Studies, Italian*, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music (history not theory), Philosophy, Portuguese*,Russian and Slavic Studies*, Spanish*, or other areas as defined in the General Education Guide for NYU Tisch Drama Students *See “Foreign Language Policy” on how to receive Humanities credit.

Sciences

Two courses for a total of 8 credits from one or more of these areas:

Animal Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Journalism (history or theory, not skills), Law and Society, Linguistics, Mathematics, Neural Science, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, or other areas as defined in the General Education Guide for NYU Tisch Drama Students.

Balance of Liberal Arts

Additional credits of Humanities and/or Science to reach the minimum General Education requirement of 32 credits.

Electives

Any NYU course can count as an Elective except those offered through the School of Professional Studies (SCPS).