Undergraduate Degree Programs - Theatre

The Bachelor of Arts is a general curriculum for those who wish to hone job skills with challenging courses in all aspects of theatre. There are fewer required courses than needed for the BFA, therefore one can graduate earlier than a BFA student. A BA is a perfect match for a student who wants to double major in another field.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre degree program is divided into two curricula for students pursuing Acting/Performance and students pursuing Design and Technical Theatre or Stage Management.

The various programs of the Department of Theatre offer creative opportunities for theatrical learning and pre-professional training at every academic level. Undergraduate majors may prepare for careers in teaching, acting, design/technology, and related fields. The Department sponsors a large number of production activities and practicum experiences including the Bonstelle Theatre, Studio Theatre, Director's Series, and Student Stage. Participation in these activities is available to all University students.

Additionally, in conjunction with Wayne State's MFA in Theatre Management, there are opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience by working in the Graduate Theatre Management Office or in our Box Office.

How to Apply

  1. Apply online - http://wayne.edu/apply
    • For admission consideration to Wayne State University, submit the completed application, official transcripts and application fee as directed.
  2. To major in programs offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance, you must be accepted as a regular student by the university and also be accepted into the Department of Theatre and Dance through a successful audition (acting) and interview (design/technical theatre). To register for an audition or interview, click here.

Freshman Orientation

Once you are admitted to Wayne State University, you will receive an invitation to participate in an orientation program for incoming freshmen. Presentations at orientation will provide information about all aspects of student life at Wayne State.  You will also meet with your academic advisor and register for your first semester classes. By the end of the orientation day, you should have everything taken care of to begin your college career. Orientation is required for incoming freshmen.

Transfer Orientation

Once you are admitted, you will receive an invitation to participate in an orientation program for transfer students. We urge you to attend. During your orientation session, the orientation team will provide you with a great deal of useful information about how things work at WSU and you will meet with your academic advisor, James Fortune, to register for classes.

Feel free to seek advising from James Fortune as soon as possible to discuss your educational goals and get the best advice about your actual course plan. We urge you to seek advising in your major department even before you receive the results of your transfer to Wayne State so that you can determine the courses that you will need and may even avoid any overlap with courses taken before coming to Wayne State.


International students only: 
Most international students are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For more information about requirements for international students, go to The Office of International Students and Scholars or direct your questions to:

Office of International Students and Scholars
416 Welcome Center
42 W. Warren
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-3422 Fax: 313-577-2962

Deadline for applications is generally mid-January and admission decisions are usually made by mid-March.  Applications are accepted, however, until all openings are filled.