College of Arts and Sciences

The BA in Drama focuses on the study of the history, methods and applications in the dramatic arts. Students who graduate from the School of Drama have evolved creative skills, are poised to become citizen leaders and possess a wide range of skills applicable to any career that requires collaboration, creative innovation, project realization, personnel organization and critical thinking. We have designed the major so that students can access the hundreds of diverse course offerings at the UW and, if desired, double major with another UW program. Graduates with this degree pursue careers in fields such as media and communication, education, the arts, business, nonprofit, technology, health care and research.

Major category: Minimum requirements

Curricular options: Performance, Design

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Must enroll at the UW before applying to the major.
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA for the four required courses.
  • Drama courses completed at Washington state community colleges are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the drama advisers and assigned equivalencies.
  • Prospective transfer students are encouraged to make an advising appointment to evaluate any drama transfer credits.

Courses required for the major:

  • DRAMA 251 A&H – Acting
  • DRAMA 201 A&H – Plays and Styles

One of the following:

  • DRAMA 210 A&H – Theatre Technical Practice
  • DRAMA 211 A&H – Theatre Technical Practice
  • DRAMA 212 A&H – Theatre Technical Practice
  • DRAMA 213 A&H – Intro to Sound Design for Theatre

One of the following:

  • DRAMA 290 A&H – Theatre Technical Practices Laboratory
  • DRAMA 291 A&H – Theatre Technical Practices Laboratory
  • DRAMA 292 A&H – Theatre Technical Practices Laboratory


No audition is required to enter the program.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 59
Total from Washington community colleges: 5

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 2
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 1

Career outcomes