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Bachelor of Theater (BA)

School of Social and Human Studies
Atlantic International University

The Bachelor of Theater (BA) program provides students with a well-rounded education that allows them to explore options before choosing an area of specialization. The students learn to broaden their knowledge and refine their skills in their chosen field of specialization. The Bachelor of Theater (BA) program is offered online via distance learning. After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis. This flexibility to meet student needs is seldom found in other distance learning programs. Our online program does not require all students to take the same subjects/courses, use the same books, or learning materials. Instead, the online Bachelor of Theater (BA) curriculum is designed individually by the student and academic advisor. It specifically addresses strengths and weaknesses with respect to market opportunities in the student’s major and intended field of work. Understanding that industry and geographic factors should influence the content of the curriculum instead of a standardized one-fits-all design is the hallmark of AIU’s unique approach to adult education. This philosophy addresses the dynamic and constantly changing environment of working professionals by helping adult students in reaching their professional and personal goals within the scope of the degree program.

Important: Below is an example of the topics or areas you may develop and work on during your studies. By no means is it a complete or required list as AIU programs do not follow a standardized curriculum. It is meant solely as a reference point and example. Want to learn more about the curriculum design at AIU? (Course and Curriculum)

Core Courses and Topics in Theater:

    Theatre Forum
    Textual Analysis for Production
    Costume Crafts
    Costume Theatre Performance
    History of Theatre
    Technical Theatre Performance
    Lighting for Stage/Television
    Movement for Actors
    Musical Theatre
    Acting for Television
    Voice for Performance

Orientation Courses:

  • Communication & Investigation (Comprehensive Resume)
  • Organization Theory (Portfolio)
  • Experiential Learning (Autobiography)
  • Seminar Administrative Development (Book Summary)
  • Seminar Cultural Development (Practical Experience)
  • Seminar International Development (Publications)

Research Project in Theater:

Bachelor Thesis Project
MBM300 Thesis Proposal
MBM302 Bachelor Thesis (5,000 words)
Publication: Each Bachelor of Theater graduate is encouraged to publish their research papers either online in the public domain or through professional journals and periodicals worldwide.

Career Center Bachelor of Theater

Job Description Bachelors in Theater

There are lots of different things you can do with a theater degree. Most people think that theater degrees are only for acting and directing, but besides that you can take the performance experience and work in hundreds of different positions ranging from a dialect coach to a politician.

For steady and profitable work, anyone interested in being a theater major should look at being a major with a technical degree. You can be anything from a designer to a milliner, as well as many other positions

Skills for Success

  • Communication: (written/oral): Ability to verbalize, write, listen, give presentations, facilitate discussions, and share knowledge effectively

  • Technical: Ability to appropriately apply technology and effectively use major software and the web to accomplish a given task; ability to apply computing skills to solve problems

  • Leadership: Ability to lead, gather resources, coach and allow others to lead

  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Ability to work effectively with others and to collaborate successfully; to be able to work with diverse teams, negotiate and manage conflicts

  • Interpersonal: Ability to relate to colleagues and customers, inspire others, resolve conflict, be tactful, understand cultures, and show diplomacy

Employment Opportunities for Theater

  • You can easily find employment with regional theaters, touring companies, theme parks, cruise ships, and roadhouses. Though film/television and live entertainment are very different industries, a degree in theater can provide a good foundation for either.


Professional Associations

  • International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA)
  • International Theatre Institute (ITI)
  • League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT)

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