Degree Programs

Degree Programs
Gainesville Theatre Alliance is an exciting, one-of-a-kind, nationally recognized departmental collaboration between the University of North Georgia and Brenau University. We utilize hands-on, individualized training while emphasizing ensemble and collaboration between programs; all in support of an extraordinary production program that rivals the largest theatre schools in the country. Our cross-campus union allows for an incredible array of performance, rehearsal, classroom, and laboratory space including five theatres, multiple shops, design labs, rehearsal and dance studios, state of the art equipment, and much more.

All Gainesville Theatre Alliance programs remain undergraduate only, ensuring that your university experience is one of inclusion and continued growth through numerous opportunities. Our faculty is an assembly of top-notch professionals and educators with remarkable credits and experience. Inspiring guest artists from across the country frequent our stage and classrooms, sharing their knowledge, process, and craft with our students. Our proximity to Atlanta, a growing epicenter of film in the United States, as well as an established and burgeoning theatre city, makes for abundant professional opportunities right in our backyard.

B.A. Theatre

The B.A. in Theatre is a flexible, self-designed liberal arts degree providing a substantial grounding in the dramatic arts. Alongside Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s rigorous theatre core curriculum, B.A. students have the freedom to select a wide range of courses at multiple levels. The adaptable nature of this degree supports students’ future careers as performers, designers, directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, performance theorists, theatre historians, theatre educators, theatre managers, and much more.

B.F.A. Acting

The B.F.A. in Acting is a comprehensive study in acting for both theatre and film, designed to prepare students for careers as lifelong working actors in today’s industry. Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s faculty of award-winning, working industry professionals teach in a supportive, focused, and intense environment for the developing artist. The B.F.A. acting degree encompasses challenging performance training—integrating voice, movement, and acting within a wide range of styles and techniques.

B.F.A. Musical Theatre

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre prepares students as competitive triple threats. With the support of the nationally-renowned Brenau University dance department and Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s award-winning musical theatre and acting faculty, this degree provides comprehensive training in music, acting, dance, and the integration of this training into cohesive performance technique.

B.F.A. Theatre Design & Technology

The B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology uses hands-on experience and individualized mentorship to prepare students for myriad careers in the industry. Concentrations include costume design and technology, scene design and technology, lighting design and technology, sound design and technology, technical direction, and stage management. With access to Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s extensive and cutting-edge cross-campus facilities, this degree program provides abundant educational opportunities for developing designers and technicians.

B.F.A. Costuming for Film & Theatre

The B.F.A. in Costuming for Film and Theatre provides individualized mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities designed to prepare students for professional costuming work. The strength of Brenau University’s Fashion Design program bolsters Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s well-connected faculty and staff in this unique degree concentrated on the art of costume.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s two-university collaboration allows for various degree pathways and student opportunities. For more information on specific degree requirements and plans of study, visit our university websites.