Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Theatre

Department of Theatre & Drama

Designed for students who seek a well-rounded, substantive theatre education within the framework of a solid liberal arts education. The BTA is not a performance program; it is designed for students who want to pursue careers in areas such as production management, arts administration, dramaturgy, or teaching.


The Bachelor of Theatre Arts requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 66% within SMTD and 33% within the liberal arts. BTA students take a core of theatre courses and also a significant number of elective courses from a broad range of theatre offerings such as Theatre Forum, Playwriting, Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies, History of Dress, History of Decor, Theatre and Incarceration and Performing Arts Administration. The BTA provides flexibility for students who are interested in developing a minor area of study. In consultation with your program advisor, students may customize the program to fit personal academic or career goals.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Acting
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Theatre History, Literature, Criticism
  • Technical Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre History
  • Practice as Research

Liberal arts coursework to include:

Freshman Writing , Shakespeare’s plays, Upper-level writing, screen arts & culture elective, and academic electives from across the U-M

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the Common Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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The School of Music, Theatre & Dance teaches you to be a great human being…where, every day, you are surrounded by other artists who inspire you.

James Wolk, BFA ’07 (acting) TV: Mad Men, Happy Endings, Political Animals, Shameless, and The Crazy Ones