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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Theatre Pathway, A.A.

What Is Theatre?

Study in theatre offers exposure to creative dramatic expression, primarily in front of live audiences. It involves study of all types of artistic performance–in theaters, educational institutions, on TV, in movies and outdoors. Areas of specialization include acting, directing, theatre history and criticism, playwriting, design, theatre technology, theatre studies (education) and creative drama.

Why Study Theatre?

Perimeter College’s guided pathway in Theatre offers small class size, professional theatre faculty and “on the job” training as well as work on high-quality theatrical productions. Students are well-prepared for further college study or entry into the job market. Studying theatre allows students to develop the artistic depth and professional knowledge needed for pursuing careers in theatrical professions, non-profits, higher education and commercial enterprises.

Employers find theatre-trained applicants are valuable employees because they’re often energetic, enthusiastic and able to work under pressure. They generally have polished communications and human relations skills, and they’re experienced at working as members of a team toward a common goal. Most important, theatre graduates have developed self-confidence based on their experience of meeting difficult challenges.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Pathway Details

The Theatre pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



Many types of jobs are open to students who study theatre, including:

    ·       Actor in theatre/commercials/TV/film
    ·       Children’s theatre/artistic/executive director
    ·       Costume/sets/lights/sound designer
    ·       Event manager
    ·       Film editor/producer
    ·       Director
    ·       Drama teacher
    ·       Podcast/web TV host
    ·       PR professional
    ·       Production assistant
    ·       Scriptwriter
    ·       Sound editor
    ·       Stage designer
    ·       Stage manager
    ·       Stunt coordinator/performer
    ·       Talent agent/casting director
    ·       Technicians
    ·       Theatre dresser/backstage crew
    ·       Theatre set/event display builder
    ·       Voiceover talent

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics


For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

Clarkston Campus

Dr. Sally J. Robertson
Department Chair of Fine Arts
Clarkston Campus
[email protected]

Dr. Brian Bonin
Assistant Chair of Fine Arts
Clarkston Campus
[email protected]

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.