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Associate’s Degrees in Drama & Theater Arts

1,667 Yearly Graduations
$17,100 Median Salary
$12,000 Median Debt
An associate's degree in theater is offered at 228 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 43% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 11.0% of theater graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theater Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,667 earned their associate's degree in theater. This makes it the 63rd most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in theater at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 12,791
Master’s Degree 1,783
Associate’s Degree 1,667
Undergraduate Certificate 809
Basic Certificate 575
Doctor’s Degree 88
Graduate Certificate 13

Earnings of Theater Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in theater is $17,100. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $13,500 and the high is $17,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in theater is $12,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $12,984 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $12,000.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $125.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in theater. About 56.5% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 725
Women 942
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Theater

The racial-ethnic distribution of theater associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 53
Black or African American 168
Hispanic or Latino 416
White 722
International Students 184
Other Races/Ethnicities 124
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theater Associate's Degree Students

There are 228 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in theater. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

137 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for theater students seekingan associate's degree is American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 137 people received their associate's degree in theater from American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York. About 60% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

128 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 128 associate's degrees were handed out to theater majors at American Academy of Dramatic Arts - Los Angeles. Of these students, 59% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

108 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Roughly 300 attend the school each year. The theater program at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts awarded 108 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 50% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

43 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in theater. Roughly 100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 associate's degrees were handed out to theater majors at KD Conservatory. Of these students, 44% were women and 67% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
35 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Monica College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in theater. Roughly 27,400 attend the school each year. The theater program at Santa Monica College awarded 35 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 54% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Queensborough Community College

Bayside, New York
33 Yearly Graduations
61% Women
79% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Queensborough Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Each year, around 14,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 people received their associate's degree in theater from QCC. About 61% of this group were women, and 79% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

New York Film Academy

Burbank, California
32 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is New York Film Academy. Roughly 1,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $29,434 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,058 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 associate's degrees were handed out to theater majors at New York Film Academy. About 50% of this group were women, and 9% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, New York
31 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
77% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is LaGuardia Community College. Each year, around 18,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 people received their associate's degree in theater from LaGuardia. About 55% of this group were women, and 77% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
27 Yearly Graduations
41% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moorpark College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Each year, around 14,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 people received their associate's degree in theater from Moorpark College. Of these students, 41% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Citrus College

Glendora, California
25 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Citrus College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 associate's degrees were handed out to theater majors at Citrus College. About 64% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Suffolk County Community College

Selden, New York
24 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Suffolk County Community College. Roughly 25,200 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 associate's degrees were handed out to theater majors at Suffolk County Community College. About 42% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California
23 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is College of the Canyons. Each year, around 19,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 associate's degrees were handed out to theater majors at College of the Canyons. About 70% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

MiraCosta College

Oceanside, California
21 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

MiraCosta College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The theater program at MiraCosta College awarded 21 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 52% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Saint Johns River State College

Palatka, Florida
21 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Saint Johns River State College. Roughly 7,300 attend the school each year. The theater program at Saint Johns River State College awarded 21 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#13

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, California
21 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chaffey College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Roughly 22,700 attend the school each year. The theater program at Chaffey College awarded 21 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 67% of this group were women, and 76% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
19 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pasadena City College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Each year, around 26,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 people received their associate's degree in theater from Pasadena City College. About 63% of this group were women, and 74% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

Fresno City College

Fresno, California
18 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Fresno City College. Roughly 24,800 attend the school each year. The theater program at Fresno City College awarded 18 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 61% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Sierra College

Rocklin, California
17 Yearly Graduations
59% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Sierra College. Each year, around 18,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their associate's degree in theater from Sierra College. About 59% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Modesto Junior College

Modesto, California
16 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Modesto Junior College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in theater. Each year, around 18,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their associate's degree in theater from MJC. Of these students, 50% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California
16 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles City College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in theater. Each year, around 14,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their associate's degree in theater from Los Angeles City College. About 56% of this group were women, and 88% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theater that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Design & Applied Arts 8,485
Fine & Studio Arts 4,063
Music 2,436
General Visual & Performing Arts 1,563
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,552

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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