FIU’s Department of Theatre offers two degree programs:
the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) — a liberal arts program of study focusing on the theatre — and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) for those who wish to pursue a professional career as an artist.
1. Florida International University requires ALL perspective students to complete an FIU application to be acceptd by the university. Please visit FIU Admissions to begin the application process.
2. The Department of Theatre requires all BA and BFA Performance applicants to audition for the program on campus. Students who can not audition in person may submit an audition video while BFA Design and Technology applicants must submit a portfolio through the GetAcceptd web-based portal. Completing the GetAcceptd submission process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s Department of Theatre. Applicants who submit their audition file to Acceptd but fail to complete FIU’s online university application cannot be reviewed for admission by the department.
For more information about Auditions and Portolio Reviews, click here.
The BA program is built around a foundational curriculum designed to provide a broad understanding of every aspect of theatre. This foundational curriculum includes Acting 1, 2, 3; Theatre Movement I and Theatre Voice and Speech I; Theatre History I & II; Dramatic Literature; Playscript Analysis; Intro to Scenic and Lighting Design; Costume Techniques; Stagecraft; Directing; Technical Theatre Labs I, II, III, IV; and Senior Thesis. In addition, students must take 18 credits of theatre electives and one design course.
For students interested in acting and directing there are additional courses in acting, voice, directing. For students interested in design, technical theatre, or stage management there are additional courses in available in Design and Technical Theatre. There are also classes in Playwriting and Stage Management. The BA is suggested for those who plan to teach high school, those who have a double major, or those who seek a broad liberal arts education.
Students in the BA program may opt to apply for the BFA program after completing the foundational curriculum.
The BFA is suggested for students who plan to go on to graduate school for advanced degrees and who wish to work as professional actors, directors, designers, technical directors, or playwrights or who plan to go on to get advanced degrees to teach on the college or university level. The BFA program provides more specialized opportunities in performance or design.
BFA students are required to take the same foundational curriculum as BA students. In addition, performance and design students take classes that are only open to BFA candidates.
The Theatre minor is open to students who wish to introduce performing arts into their education. It requires a total of 24 credits. The following courses are required (5 courses, 13 credits): Theatre Appreciation – THE 2000 (3 credits), Stagecraft I – TPA 2210 (3 credits), Tech Lab I – TPA 2290L (1 credit), Introduction to Acting – TPP 2100 (3 credits), Modern Dramatic Literature – THE 4370 (3 credits). The minor requires a minimum of 11 upper division elective Theatre credits which much be approved by a Theatre advisor in advance. Elective options include (but are not limited to): Theatre History I – THE 4110, Theatre History II – THE 4111, Research – THE 4916, Tech Lab IV – TPA 3293L, Stage & Theatre Management – TPP 4400, Playwriting I – TPP 4600, Playwriting II – TPP 4601, Introduction to Filmmaking – FIL 3001. Theatre minors are NOT permitted to take classes in the performance sequence – Acting I, II, III, etc. or any of the Voice & Movement classes – as these are for BA and BFA majors only. The Theatre advisor can advise which performance-type courses Minors may be eligible to take.
The FIU Theatre faculty assists graduates of the program in selecting appropriate graduate schools, helping students to prepare for auditions and portfolios reviews, and guiding them in their search for Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and Scholarships.