Majors and Minors

Dramatic Arts

The Dramatic Arts Program at Cleveland State University is in transition to a core of performance emphasis courses designed to better help graduates meet the challenges in the profession.

While students will still learn the basics of technical theatre, acting and directing for the stage and camera will become the emphasis.

Students will also have the opportunity to study technical theatre, theatre history and playwriting in advanced courses.

Students interested in pursuing a major in Dramatic Arts are encouraged to seek guidance from program faculty or staff. For a full explanation of coming changes contact the Dramatic Arts Program.


While stage acting and directing opportunities are sought by many, much of the work today for actors and directors is in film, broadcast and other media. Our students increasingly find opportunities in television and radio commercials. The business is very competitive, so we provide instruction by those who are working in or have previous experience in the field.

Some graduates are working professional actors in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. Others teach theatre or related media courses in colleges and high schools. Two of our graduates teach here at Cleveland State: one in Dramatic Arts and one in Communication. Others work in the allied fields of public relations and advertising. Some have gone on to advanced degrees in Dramatic Arts, Law Education and Business.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Dramatic Arts major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Dramatic Arts
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, TA 204
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2113

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