Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance: Directing

Department of Theatre & Drama

Designed for students to learn the craft of directing stage productions; the function of a director; and the relationships between a director and designers, stage managers, and actors. Students direct class projects, a senior project and plays for the student-run Basement Arts organization. An internship with a professional theater in your senior year or after graduation is encouraged. Directing majors seek directing as a career and may wish to pursue graduate study.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance: Directing requires a minimum of 122 credits: coursework is 65% within SMTD and 35% within the liberal arts.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Theatre History
  • Technical Theatre
  • Production Practicum
  • Movement and Voice
  • Stage Combat
  • Playwriting
  • Directing Project
  • Studio

Liberal Arts coursework to include:

Freshman Writing, Shakespeare’s plays, Upper-level writing, foreign language or tested proficiency, 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 or Coalition 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