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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 13.7k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 28k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 297pts.


    The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree in theater arts is designed for students seeking intensive conservatory theater training in a liberal arts setting and requires a four-year residency for entering first-year students. The program offers three areas of study: acting, design, and production and management.

    Students in the B.F.A. program specializing in design or production and management must be in residence for a minimum of three years. In acting, a four-year residency is required. Students are auditioned and/or interviewed as part of the admission process and continue in their program each year by faculty invitation only. A bachelor of arts degree is also available in theater through the School of Arts and Sciences.

    B.F.A. in Theater


    • Acting (B.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts)
    • Design (B.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts)
    • Production/Management (B.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts)

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline February, October Tuition fee
    • USD 13683 Year (National)
    • USD 27978 Year (International)
    Start date January,October 2015 Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    At Rutgers we will train your mind and body towards the goal of becoming a theater professional. Whether you are training to be an actor, director, playwright, designer, stage manager or theater technician, you will mostly practice your individual disciplines. We refer to these types of activity as your Core Training. As an actor the emphasis will be on speech and movement along side Meisner, Chekhov techniques and Classical training. If you are studying design you will be taught essential drafting, construction, draping, and presentation skills. As a playwright you will develop your plays through stage readings, workshops and formal presentations that will help you develop your voice. All of these core training classes will help you to develop techniques in your chosen craft and then practice them in any of Rutgers’ state of the art theater spaces. Our many production opportunities will give you the experience of creating your first stage work. This activity is a combination of fully designed productions as well as more modest student generated projects such as site specific performance and cabaret.
    As a company you will also share in a Core Curriculum. This term refers to the courses designed to reinforce or challenge your assumptions about theater and expand your thinking. Some examples of these courses are: Global Theater, the Aesthetics of Space, Clothing and Culture, Theater History, and the 20th Century Avant-Garde. Although highly demanding, these are not typical academic courses. They have a direct and important relationship to your Core Training and to the work we put on our stage.
    Whatever your discipline, the core training will give you the tools and techniques to develop your craft and the core curriculum will help you think globally about theater and debate the art-form with other student/artists outside your specific field of study. All of this activity is intensive and requires a great deal of focus. But, challenging yourself in such a full and complex way will deepen your understanding of theater, help contextualize your work and give you a distinct advantage in the world.
    Core Training combined with Core Curriculum has been tailored to a company of students serious about becoming well-rounded, culturally aware theater artists.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our primary emphasis is placed on the student’s academic promise as demonstrated by:

    • completion of required entrance subjects
    • academic performance in high school or its equivalent:
    • strength of academic program (number/type of academic, honors, or advanced placement courses completed)
    • grades and grade trends
    • weighted grade-point average(s)
    • cumulative rank, when available
    • SAT and/or ACT scores
    • English Proficiency Examination results, when required

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


    Rutgers uses your FAFSA to develop a financial-aid package based on your qualifications, financial need and the funds available to the university. Your package may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources:

    • Gift aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories: grants (which recognize financial need) and scholarships and awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements).
    • Loans must be repaid (usually after graduation) and can come from private lenders as well as federal, state and university sources.
    • Work-study allows students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.


    The Rutgers name is recognized everywhere, and a Rutgers degree makes a great first impression. We’ve built our academic reputation on solid accomplishments:

    • Rutgers is a member—so are Harvard, Yale, and Berkeley—of the prestigious Association of American Universities, the 61 leading research universities in North America.
    • More than 175 Rutgers research centers support pioneering work in stem cells, climate change, DNA analysis, and more.
    • Rutgers’ international reputation draws top students from more than 130 countries and all 50 states.

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