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Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an Emphasis in Theatre

Throughout our society, theatre graduates turn their interests into accomplishments in many ways. You’ll find them using their passion to lead nonprofit organizations,  design sets for Netflix comedies, teach high school, produce short films, collaborate in corporate marketing departments, minister to church members, and much more.

In a recent survey of corporate recruiters, communication-related skills remain among the top skills employers look for.  Perhaps more than any other discipline, a theatre education sharpens your skills to communicate creatively and make complex ideas understandable to a variety of people. Majoring in theatre can help develop your emotional intelligence, work ethic, time management skills, and ability to flourish on a team—all of which are applicable to any job or life challenge.  

The AUM Theatre program accomplishes these goals while preparing students like you for exciting careers as performers, directors, designers, technicians, stage managers, and more. The art, craft, and practical work skills needed for a theatre career are taught in small classes, practicums, on-campus productions, and through participation in regional/national theatre conferences such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Southeastern Theatre Conference, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, and the Alabama Conference of Theatre. 

Scholarship opportunities are available to help you pay for your theatre degree.

In this program, you’ll learn through faculty coaching and mentoring. You’ll develop acting, directing, and technical skills in labs and mainstage productions. You’ll stretch yourself in many new ways as you’re introduced to 2500 years of theatre history and literature, along with modern communication methods that you can use in any career field. 

Students interested in other BA degree programs offered by AUM’s Department of Communication and Theatre can choose from Communication Studies, Journalism or Public Relations.

The Know How

What you will know with a Theatre degree from AUM


Know that your passion and expertise changes our view of the world. You reveal what the uninquisitive eye cannot see, thereby illuminating the human experience in new ways.



Know how to be a good ensemble member and use those skills to motivate, collaborate, and lead others to create something new for the world.


Know how to serve the public interest by delivering not only the truth, but the context behind it.


Now more than ever, ethical communication is important, even if its not viral-worthy.


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Is a Degree in Theatre right for me?

What types of jobs can I get with a theatre degree?

Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Here are other career possibilities for theatre graduates. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

What types of theatre internships are available for me at AUM?

The Communication and Theatre faculty have numerous contacts and relationships in the media and business worlds, and you’ll benefit from this network when seeking internships.

Can I customize my theatre education in any way?

Some students are interested in technical theatre while others want to focus on acting or directing. Theatre students take the same core departmental classes but you can personalize your degree with electives, a practicum and experience in our lab and mainstage productions.

After I graduate, how do I find people who want to hire me?

With a theatre degree, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.


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What top-flight career will you choose?

Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
ActorBachelor’s Degree32% (Much faster than average)Not available
Producer and DirectorBachelor’s degree24% (Much faster than average)$76,400
Makeup Artist, Theatrical and PerformanceBachelor’s degree11% (Faster than average)$62,810
Broadcast, Sound, and Video TechnicianBachelor’s degree21% (Much faster than average)$50,000

Quick Facts

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine ArtsHistory and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an Emphasis in Theatre


Required Courses

To complete this degree track, you will need to complete courses in the university core, theatre, and electives. Contact the Department of Communication and Theatre for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this track requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know?
THEA 2103StagecraftYou'll focus on construction methods, scene painting, rigging and handling of scenery and backstage organization.
THEA 2113 Stage Lighting You'll learn theatre lighting, including designing, hanging, focusing, maintaining and repairing stage lighting instruments. 
THEA 3413Fundamentals of ActingThrough lecture and scene study, you’ll learn basic acting theory and technique.
THEA 3463Stage ManagementTheory and techniques of stage management with emphasis on the practical approach toward theatrical production.
THEA 3613Scene DesignA fundamental design course geared toward enhancing basic principles of scenic design and developing a practical knowledge of all drawings pertaining to theatrical design.

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