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What's the Difference between a B.A. and a B.F.A.?

What's the difference between the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Performing Arts?

Our B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Theatre is a traditional Liberal Arts degree, designed to provide a solid foundation in all aspects of theatre while leaving some flexibility to pursue your own particular interests. You will need to combine it with a minor, or even a second major.  Our B.A. in Theatre does not require an audition and is most appropriate if you want the freedom to explore during your undergraduate years.  Many students combine the degree with a major or minor in Film,  Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, or Arts Administration.  But really, you can combine your B.A. in Theatre with almost any other major or minor at Western.  How about a Pre-Med second major?  It's possible!

Our B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is a pre-professional degree.  It involves rigorous, conservatory-style training intended to hone your skills for entry into the professional world of the performing arts.  Our B.F.A. involves both a broad introduction to all aspects of theatre and concentrated training in either Acting, Musical Theatre, or Theatre Design & Technology.   Our new B.F.A. in Theatre is for those students wanting rigorous, focused study B.F.A. while also wanting the flexibility to combine that training in unique ways. This might be the degree for you if you see yourself creating your own opportunties, running a company, or working across diciplines. If you are interested in the B.F.A., you will begin those classes immediately and be classified as "seeking admision" in the B.F.A. You will then audition and/or interview for full admission in your third semester. 

Both the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. - Performing Arts are designed to prepare students for further studies at the graduate and/or professional level.


Theatre Program Auditions and Interviews

Theatre & Dance Scholarships for First-Time Students


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