Why should I choose UWG's Theatre program?
  • Accredited through the National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • Access to faculty working in the industry
  • Access to industry standard sound, lighting, costume and scenic equipment
  • Acting studio with a sprung floor; Computer Aided Design Lab, Lighting Lab, Sound Recording Studio, large scene shop, costume shop
  • Access to guest artists from across the country

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is designed to illuminate the complexity of humanity through coursework and productions that mesh theatrical history, theory, and aesthetic concepts. Emphasis is on acting, directing, designing, constructing, and playwriting. Production work with the West Georgia Theatre Company provides a co-curricular component to the B.A. degree. This program is nationally accredited through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery



    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    Save money.

    New incoming students can supplement their tuition by applying, auditioning and interviewing for 3 scholarships for incoming freshman or transfer Theatre majors. Sign up for our Presidents' Day Scholarship Program held annually for high school seniors who will major in theatre and who have applied to and been accepted by UWG.

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses


    Major Required

    • THEA-1000 - Theatre Laboratory

      Attendance to all company meetings and all theatre company produced productions as specified by the Theatre Program faculty. All theatre majors and pre-majors required to enroll with a grade of S or U.

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    • THEA-1100 - Theatre Appreciation

      An introduction for the student of the theatre experience, this course delves into analysis of both the script and the actual performance. Students will also examine current trends in theatre on broadway, off-broadway, and in regional companies. The student will be expected to attend and write about one theatre production.

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    • THEA-2100 - Play Analysis

      The ability to effectively analyze theatrical texts is essential to scholars and practitioners alike. In this class, students will dissect a script into its basic components to better understand structure, style, theme, and other essential elements of theatre. Students will also survey representative historical genres, styles of theatrical texts, and methods of literary and dramatic criticism, as well as receive an introduction to theatre- specific research methods and resources. The course will emphasize academic analysis, but applications to theatrical production contexts will be encouraged.

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    • THEA-2214 - Concepts in Theatre Design

      A study of the history of design in Theatre through the work of famous designers. Emphasis will be on the use of line, texture, color and shape to create a harmonious look with set, costume, light, props and make-up. Techniques in drawing and modeling will be explored.

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    • THEA-2290 - Stagecraft

      This course will introduce students to the creative and technical process in the realization of theatrical scenic, costume and lighting designs. Students will learn the basics of hand and computer drafting, rendering, model making techniques and stage lighting standards.

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    • THEA-2291 - Acting I

      This course examines the process toward becoming an actor. Through improvisation, scene study, and monologue work, the student will begin to develop her/his own process toward developing a character.

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    • THEA-2390 - Stage Makeup

      This course introduces students to the theories and principles of stage corrective makeup. Students will be introduced to various stage makeup techniques through class projects and introduction to three dimensional stage makeup.

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    • THEA-3214 - Scenography

      A study of the process of designing set and lights for a theatre production. Projects will cover the development of visualizing a concept using computer drafted light plots, floor plans, and elevations. Models and renderings will also be used to present the design. Students will receive hands on experience by building sets and hanging and focusing lights and operating a computer light board for the current Theatre Company production. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-3290 - Costume Design

      The student will be introduced to the total process of the costume designer. This process includes play analysis, research skills, costume period and style, design problems, rendering and construction skills, organization skills, and an understanding in the principles and elements of design. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-3291 - Voice and Movement II

      THEA 3291: Voice and Movement II is a continuation of principles learned in 1291. This course emphasizes intermediate level experimental study of advanced voice and movement techniques for the actor.

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    • THEA-3392 - Acting II

      This course continues the scene and/or monologue study explored in introduction to acting. In addition, this course focuses on the classics style of acting by exploring the Greeks, Shakespeare, and the Restoration.

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    • THEA-3394 - Directing

      An introduction to the major approaches, techniques, processes, and responsibilities associated with directing a play. Projects will include in-class directing. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor

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    • THEA-3415 - Playwriting I: Devised Theatre

      Devised Theatre is an alternative approach to playwriting that emphasizes collaborative ensemble-based writing, community research and outreach, and social and political awareness. Utilizing improvisational techniques, community- oriented research skills and non-textual performance practices, students will explore and write plays based on their communities, interests and concerns. Prerequisites may be waived with the permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-4111 - Production and Performance Capstone

      A capstone course designed to build on all experiential work in the students' college career. Topics will vary with instructors.

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    • THEA-4412 - Acting III

      For the graduating actor, this course explores audition technique for monologues and cold readings. The actor will build a repertoire of monologues and songs to be performed in class for use in future outside auditions. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of the instructor.

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    • THEA-4415 - Playwriting II

      A continuation of THEA 3415, concentrating on the theory and mechanics of traditional playwriting as well as the processes and skills of playwriting as a profession. Students will experience the writing, development and rehearsed reading of performance works.

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    • THEA-4486 - Internship

      Permission of instructor required. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Opportunity for selected students to intern at theatre, film, commercial and entertainment companies.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    All incoming freshman Theatre majors are admitted as Pre-Theatre majors while they complete at least 15 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

    Application Deadlines

    For a complete list of application deadlines, please visit:

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application


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  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of selected plays, theatrical conventions and theatrical movements important in the formation of the modern theatre. 
    • Students will describe basic knowledge of theatre history, theory, and criticism, including research sources and methodology.
    • Students will demonstrate skills in analyzing plays, using theatre technology, and conducting research.
    • Students will express through performance, writing, speaking, and other modes of communication the results of research and critical judgement, indicated by a demonstrable ablility to reach an audience effectively through at least one of the components of theatrical art. 
    • Students will apply skills learned in courses to a variety of work and social environments. 
    • Students will illustrate awareness of the complex human condition acquired through aesthetic and intellectual perceptions as evidenced in various mode of theatrical production.
    • Students will function safely and effectively while using theatre technology.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the various means (acting, directing, designing, constructing, playwriting, etc.) through which a theatrical concept is realized.