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Theater Arts

Carleton College

Faculty:Carleton College
Field of Study:Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Course Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $56,778

Cost shown represents tuition fees for the 2019-2020 year.

Careers:DancersActors and ComediansDirectors


The Department of Theater + Dance offers courses in each of the major areas of interest.

Theater courses include acting, voice, movement, directing, design-technical and performance, as well as literature, history and criticism. In all of our courses our goal is to examine how critical thought and creative practice intersect. Theater is an ever-changing art. We strive to expose students to its most recent innovations and the cultural currents that influence them.

Dance gives students at all levels opportunities for participation in three basic areas: technique, choreography and analysis, and performance. Our broadest goal is to increase understanding of the art of dance as a contribution to a liberal arts education and to connect theory and practice through embodied learning.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants should have at least: three or more years of English (with a stress on writing); two years of algebra and a year of geometry; two years of social science; and one year of a laboratory science. Most Carleton students go well beyond this minimum. The admissions committee is usually attracted to candidates who do honors or advanced placement work, when available. We also expect students to take two or more years of a foreign or classical language, unless it is not offered at their school. Students who take more courses in the subjects listed above are generally stronger candidates. But we may offer admission to an applicant of unusual ability and interest who has not taken all these courses. When we do, it is on the basis of his or her school record, scores on standardized tests, and recommendations of school officials.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 250] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7.0]

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on June 22, 2019