Degrees in Theatre

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The following degrees are available:

B.A. in Theatre
B.F.A. in Acting
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre
B.F.A. in Design & Technology for Theatre
M.A.T. in Theatre Education

Classes are taught by Resident Faculty of Brenau University, Gainesville State College, and by our exciting roster of Professional Guest Artists. We believe that the strongest theatre artist is one who has a rich liberal arts education and a working knowledge of all aspects of theatre production and theory.


Theatre (B.A.)

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in theatre is a 120 hour degree program which includes 43 credit hours of theatre coursework and 21 credit hours of elective courses. Students will receive instruction in acting, directing, stagecraft, voice and diction.

Acting (B.F.A.)

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting is a 120 hour degree program which includes a 75 credit hour core and 9 theatre elective hours.  Students will complete studies in both the practical and performative arts of acting.

Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in musical theatre is a 120 hour degree program which includes a 46 credit hour core, 10 credit hours in dance and 16 credit hours in music. Students with a background in musical theatre can find many employment opportunities in summer stock, repertory, opera and children’s theatre companies, or in any other regular theatre group that may periodically do musicals.

Theatre Design & Technology (B.F.A.)

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The degree program consists of a one hundred twenty (120) semester hour sequence designed to meet the educational employment requirements of workers in theatrical design and the entertainment technology industry. The degree program focuses on application, as well as theory, with firm scholarly foundation and an intensive hands-on approach to learning.

Secondary Education (M.A.T.) Theatre

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is an initial certification program designed for candidates who have completed the baccalaureate degree in specific majors.

Generally, applicants for the M.A.T. program are expected to meet the stated admissions requirements. However, Brenau may consider an applicant who does not meet [all] stated requirements, but who, in the opinion of the appropriate department, may be a good candidate for admission to the University.

Admission Criteria In addition to any general admission criteria outlined in the graduate admissions section of this catalog, the M.A.T. applicant must have and/or submit:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  3. Minimum MAT or GRE at the 25th percentile. No age limit on the score as long as an official score report is submitted.
  4. Electronic writing sample.
  5. Two letters of reference. If the applicant is working in a school, one reference must be an administrator in the school where the applicant is employed.

For more information about this program, please email the Office of Graduate Admissions ( or call 770-533-5415.

Scholarship Information & Audition Requirements:

Scholarships ranging from$1500 to full tuition are available in the theatre program. Students auditioning for scholarships should be in the process of applying to Brenau and must be declared theatre majors. Scholarship candidates should prepare and present two 30 second monologues from dramatic literature that demonstrate contrast (serious vs.comic/contemporary vs. period). Candidates for the BFA in Theatre with a Musical Theatre Emphasis must perform a song, about one minute in length, from a musical, with accompaniment on CD. BA candidates are encouraged to perform a song, although this is optional.

BFA candidates for the Design and Technology degree should bring in a resume and portfolio that demonstrates some preparation in technical and design areas.

All candidates are encouraged to bring resumes and headshots but they are not required. Auditions are for scholarship consideration only and are not mandatory for admission to the theatre program.

Contact the Chair of Theatre at 770/534-6264 or email at for scholarship appointments.

General inquiries:, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions:, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100