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    College of Performing Arts
    Office of Admission
    55 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
    performingarts@newschool.edu

  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Dramatic Arts is a full-time course of study designed to be completed in four years (8 semesters). Each semester, students take between 12-18 credits.

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Arts consists of a combination of required courses offered by the School of Drama and the College of Performing Arts, University Lecture Courses, Guided Theatre Electives, and General Electives, through which a student may pursue a minor outside of the School of Drama.  Because the exact allocation of credit requirements across these areas may change from year to year, students wanting to know the exact requirements for the degree should consult the academic catalog for the year in which they enrolled.

    For a complete listing of current courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog. Please be aware that course requirements may change each academic year.

    Subject Areas

    BFA students work closely with their Student Success Advisor on their degree progress. Over the course of the program, students may complete coursework in the following areas: 

    • foundational technique in acting, directing, playwriting, and creative technologies

    • dramaturgy and global dramatic literature

    • collaborative practice

    • socially engaged artistry

    • intermediate and advanced technique in one or more chosen discipline(s)

    • participation in productions and other performance-based electives

    • a capstone project in the fourth year

    CoPA Core

    BFA students also engage in a series of cross-disciplinary courses through the CoPA Core program, which includes four required first-year courses that all undergraduate students at the College of Performing Arts participate in together. These courses explore the themes of Improvisation & Collaboration, The Whole Human Artist, Socially Engaged Artistry, and Tech & Experimentation.



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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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