Degree Program Overview

The BFA in Theatre at Sam Houston State University is an active, hands-on program based on solid theoretical principles.

The Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre provides theatre majors with a strong foundation in theatre. You may specialize your degree with an emphasis in acting and directing, design and technology, or theatre education.

The acting emphasis develops your abilities through comprehensive classes across genres and styles in acting, speech, and movement for stage, film, and television. It will prepare you for a career in commercial theatre. The directing emphasis provides a detailed study of the directing process.

The design and technology emphasis concentrates on the concepts and materials of designing scenery, costumes, makeup, properties, lighting, and sound for theatre. We stress the importance of how to use modern technology for theatre applications.

If you wish to pursue theatre education through teacher certification for early childhood through 12th grade (EC-12), you will major in theatre and minor in secondary education.

Internships

Our relationship with many of the Houston area theatres gives our students the opportunity to work in professional performance and arts administration capacities while still in school. Currently, we have internships with Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Classical Theatre Company, Main Street Theatre, and Texas Repertory Theatre.

Careers in Theatre

  • Act on stage, in television, or in movies
  • Director/Producer
  • Stage Management
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Lighting Design
  • Sound Design
  • Special Effects
  • Scriptwriting/Playwriting/Screenwriting

Alumni Success

Graduates of SHSU's theatre program

  • have appeared in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions
  • have appeared in television shows and movies
  • have designed sets for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional productions

See more alumni stories here.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) (Emphasis on Acting and Directing)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) (Emphasis on Design and Technology)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) (with Teaching Certification)
Length 120-132 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Theatre Degree brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15