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The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University is a destination of choice for performing arts education. With state-of-the art facilities, outstanding faculty, a network of alumni and guest artists, and extensive performance and design opportunities, the School of Theatre and Dance's programs allow students to transform their passions into professions.

Transform Your Passion Into Your Profession

Students in the School of Theatre and Dance are immersed in a professional culture that, combined with Kent State's liberal arts foundation, prepares them for a life in the arts. In additions to in-depth coursework, our comprehensive training programs are rooted in a commitment to student success through mentorship and real-life experiences. The School of Theatre and Dance offers programs leading to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. 


Undergraduate training


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The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University offers undergraduate programs in Dance Studies, Dance Performance, Design and Technology, Musical Theatre, and Theatre Studies. The programs in Dance Studies and Theatre Studies lead to Bachelor of Arts degrees. The programs in Dance Performance, Design and Technology, and Musical Theatre lead to Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees. Undergraduate students may also pursue a minor in dance or minor in theatre.

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Graduate training

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Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance offers graduate programs in Acting, Acting for Returning Professionals, and Design and Technology. Students pursuing the graduate program in Design in Technology will concentrate their studies in one of four areas: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, or Theatre Technology. All of the graduate programs offered by the School of Theatre and Dance lead to Master of Fine Arts degrees.

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