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.
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.
As part of The New School, a leading progressive university, the BFA program offers students the option of taking classes at Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, or The New School for Public Engagement.