The four-year BFA program in Dramatic Arts* at The New School for Drama prepares students to be 21st-century artists and creative thinkers. Professionalism and community are at the core of the program, which provides a rich multidisciplinary, project-based investigation of theater arts and focuses on the development of critical thinking and collaborative skills.
Located in Greenwich Village in the heart of New York City, The New School is the only comprehensive university housing a world-famous design school, a premier liberal arts college, a renowned performing arts college, a legendary social research school, and many more schools and programs designed for students of every age and stage of life.
Imagine a university where scholars, artists and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine a community where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has and never will settle for status quo. The New School is just such a university community, attracting students from all over the world to its home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1919 by those who imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher education, today The New School offers more than 10,000 students areas of study across more than 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. No matter what area of study students pursue, they discover a unique form of creative problem solving that will forever change the way they investigate and create - relentlessly questioning convention, collaborating across disciplines and taking risks. For undergraduates, The New School offers programs in art and design, liberal arts and the performing arts at: Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Performing Arts, which includes Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and the School of Drama.
BFA in Dramatic Arts
The four-year B.F.A. program in Dramatic Arts at the School of Drama prepares students to be 21st-century artists and creative thinkers.
From Concept to Practice
Prospective students apply for direct entry into the program, which begins in the freshman year. Through studio classes, performance opportunities, and coursework in aesthetic inquiry, the history of theater, and collaborative research, students cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical skills needed to launch careers in theater or any field that requires creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and effective communication.
Intellectual and Technique Fundamentals
Our interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to explore acting, directing, playwriting, creative technologies, liberal arts, applied research, and collaborative processes. Students learn to frame questions imaginatively and consider problems from multiple perspectives.
Situated Learning in New York City
A world capital of theater, art, culture, and intellectual inquiry, New York City is an essential part of a New School for Drama education. Our faculty includes award-winning professionals from New York's theater community. Our relationships with many leading cultural and civic organizations enable students to use the city as a learning laboratory.
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