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Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Arts program in Theatre Arts welcomes all students enrolled at the University of Iowa. No audition is required. Whether you see yourself as a professional artist or as someone who simply enjoys theatre, you will find a home with us.

Requirements for the BA degree in Theatre Arts 
Complete List of Theatre Arts Courses
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If you are a prospective student, you may declare Theatre Arts as your major on your admissions application, or, once enrolled at the University, you may declare Theatre Arts your major by going to the Office of Academic Programs and Services located at 120 Schaeffer Hall. Students who wish to major in more than one department are welcome to declare Theatre Arts as one of their choices.

As a Theatre Arts major, you gain invaluable skills that employers seek: communication skills, interpersonal skills, the ability to problem-solve, a strong work ethic, and technical skills, among many other important traits. In classes and productions, you work together on creative projects. You have a powerful incentive to work hard – a performance before an audience. You analyze the many demands of your project – writing, acting, directing, and designing – and find ways to achieve not only your own goals but the those of the entire team. Sometimes you are required to lead, other times to follow. You must be creative and personal, and must genuinely engage their audience. 

Iowa’s Undergraduate Program offers courses in all areas of theatre and the opportunity to participate in over 25 productions a year. We offer special opportunities for you to study in London, and a chance to take plays into schools throughout Iowa.

Prepare for a Career

All Theatre Arts majors take a range of fundamental courses. Beyond that, if you would like to focus your study in a particular area of theatre, there are sample road maps of study you can follow:

Acting Road Map
Design Road Map
Directing Road Map
Dramaturgy Road Map
Playwriting Road Map
Stage Management Road Map
Art Entrepeneurship at the University of Iowa

Live in an Arts Learning Community

First and second year Theatre Arts students may choose to share a residence hall with students studying music, dance, the visual arts and film. Learn more about the Arts Living Learning Community

Theatre Technology Opportunities at Iowa

The facilitation and implementation of design work created at the University of Iowa in the Division of Performing Arts.


  • Mentoring from full time professional staff from across the nation now working at Iowa. Disciplines include: scenic construction, rigging, scenic art, electrics, properties, sound, costume crafts, and digital projection.
  • Ability to work in several venues on campus serving performances in Theatre, Opera, Dance, & Music
  • Potential employment in a desired area of interest while attending the university

Specific Course Offerings

  • Introduction to Theatrical Technology
  • Technology for the Entertainment Industry
  • Lighting Technology
  • Producing and Directing Digital Video

Arts Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa

The Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have closed the Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship.

  • The certificate is closed effective with Summer 2021; in other words, the last session a student could declare the certificate was during Summer 2021.
  • Any student who has already declared the certificate may complete it, as allowed by CLAS policy.
  • If a student drops the certificate, it may not again be declared since the certificate is closed. Any drop of the certificate is final.
  • For more information, contact Molly Rechkemmer.

Although this certificate program is closed, the University offers many opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship and leadership. Below are twenty courses from multiple departments, each of which offers instruction and experience in these fields. Most are open to all students. We encourage you to create your own program from them and consider other courses in the Entrepreneurial Management Certificate Program in the Tippie College of Business. For further information, contact Molly Rechkemmer or the Department of Theatre Arts.

ENTR 1010  Exploring Entrepreneurship
LS     1020   Introduction to Leadership
ENTR 1350 Foundations in Entrepreneurship
ENTR 2000  Entrepreneurship and Innovation
LS       2002  Career Leadership Academy, Part 1
ACCT 2100  Introduction to Accounting
THTR 2610 Acting for Success
CINE  2863 Film/Video Production: Film Festival
MUSM3001  Introduction to Museum Studies
LS    3002 Career Leadership Academy, Part 2
CINE     3080 Film/Video Production: The Business of Filmmaking
ENTR 3100  Entrepreneurial Finance
ENTR 3200  Entrepreneurial Marketing
MUSM3500  Non-Profit Organizational Effectiveness
THTR    3501  Stage Management
DPA    3510  Introduction to Arts Management
WRIT 3526   The Business of Writing
ENTR 3600  E-Commerce Strategies for Entrepreneurs
MUS      4150 Introduction to Grant Writing
DPA     4510 Arts Leadership Seminar

Students may also want to look at the web pages for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Enterprise Leadership Program, the Leadership Studies Certificate Program, and the Entrepreneurial Management Program in the Tippie College of Business.