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The Department of Performing Arts at Elon offers the following:
  • BFA degree in Music Theatre*
  • BFA degree in Theatre Arts with an Acting emphasis*
  • BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Theatrical Design and Production*
  • BA in Theatre Studies
  • BA in Dance*
  • Minor in theatre arts
  • Minor in dance

*Admission to these programs requires an audition or interview.


The BFA in music theatre is a degree geared toward the student who wishes to pursue a career in performance or graduate studies following graduation.

Download the Music Theatre Fact Sheet in PDF format.

Coursework within this major is designed to train students in the three essential skill areas for music theatre: music, acting and dance. Students take studio dance classes in ballet, jazz, modern and tap; studio voice lessons; music theory; and a minimum of four semesters of acting. Further study includes the literature and history of music theatre.

Practical applications of all aspects of study are expected through participation in department stage productions, concerts and recitals. Outreach to the professional world occurs throughout the course of study through participation in vocal, dance and theatre festivals; conventions; auditions; and competitions. The final result is an artist prepared for entry to the world of professional performance.


The BFA degree in Acting is for students who plan to pursue a professional theatre career or graduate training. The A.B. in Theatrical Design and Production prepares students for careers in those areas or graduate training through a unique combination of courses and hands-on experience. The A.B. in Theatre Studies is a traditional liberal arts degree, intended for students who have a love of the art form but desire to double-major in another discipline. This open-enrollment program helps students learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and prepare public presentations.

Download the Theatre Studies Fact Sheet in PDF format.


Download the Acting BFA Fact Sheet in PDF format.

Download the Theatrical Design and Production Fact Sheet in PDF format.


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance is designed for those students interested in a liberal arts education and students who wish to pursue graduate studies in dance or entry into the professional world of teaching, choreography or performance.


Download the Dance BA Fact Sheet in PDF format.

The primary goal of this program is to foster a love and understanding of dance in all its forms. Therefore, students majoring in dance will spend time learning both in and out of the studio. Studio technique classes range from beginning to advanced level and include ballet, modern, jazz and tap.

Students in the minor program are required to complete at least the beginning level in three of these areas and at least an intermediate level in two areas. Students round out their training with History of Dance and Dance Choreography classes.


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