- Type: BA
- Location: Hempstead, New York
- Duration: 3 Years
- Deadline: Ongoing
If you have dreamed about exploring your passion for theater in college, the stages at Hofstra University can provide you with many unique and exciting opportunities to develop your craft onstage and behind the scenes. Many graduates from Hofstra’s drama program have gone on to success in film, television, on Broadway and off Broadway.
The Hofstra Drama faculty supports the idea that theater artists should approach their craft with the broad understanding that can be acquired in a liberal arts setting. The drama program has embedded its performance and production program in a curriculum that requires a complement of general education courses including English composition, math and natural sciences, social sciences, languages and literature.
No audition is required to major in drama at Hofstra University. All drama students begin as B.A. candidates and have the option to apply for the B.F.A. programs in their sophomore year. In the first year the B.A. and the B.F.A. programs are the same, and courses such as Introduction to the Theater, Play Analysis, Technical Production, and Acting or Theater Design Fundamentals are applicable to either degree.
The B.A. in Drama gives students a comprehensive understanding of theater. The program includes exposure to both performance and production areas.The advantage of the B.A. program is that students may double-major or double-minor in another area, such as psychology, political science, creative writing, English literature, marketing, computer science, film and TV, dance and fine arts. For example, a student who would like to teach drama on the high school level would normally double major in Drama and English and then later pursue a master’s in education.
The B.F.A. degree (in performance or production) is intended to provide a small, specialized group of such students with a high level of competence. In their sophomore year, those students wanting this more specialized course of theater studies must either present an audition for the B.F.A. in performance or a portfolio for the B.F.A. in production. The faculty members base their decisions not only on the audition or portfolio, but also on their collective experience with the student. Self-discipline, focus, initiative, and the ability to work well with peers count in equal measure to raw talent.This program is for the student preparing for a career in the practice of theater as a performer, director, designer or technician.