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Basic Certificates in Drama & Theater Arts

575 Yearly Graduations
54% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A basic certificate in theater is offered at 83 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 42% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.3% of theater graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Theater Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 575 students earned their basic certificate in theater. This makes it the 88th most popular basic certificate 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 Basic Certificates

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to calculate the median and range of debt loads for theater students who are basic certificate holders.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in theater. About 53.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 266
Women 309
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificates in Theater

The racial-ethnic distribution of theater basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 23
Black or African American 50
Hispanic or Latino 139
White 286
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 58
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Theater Basic Certificate Students

There are 83 colleges that offer a basic certificate in theater. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California
125 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Los Angeles City College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for theater majors who are seeking their basic certificate. Roughly 14,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 basic certificates were handed out to theater majors at Los Angeles City College. About 58% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Moorpark College

Moorpark, California
68 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moorpark College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Roughly 14,200 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 people received their basic certificate in theater from Moorpark College. Around 28% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#3

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
61 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Each year, around 47,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theater program at Valencia College awarded 61 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 36% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#4

Chattanooga State Community College

Chattanooga, Tennessee
60 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Chattanooga State Community College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. Each year, around 8,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 60 basic certificates were handed out to theater majors at Chattanooga State Community College. Around 10% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#5

American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, California
53 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their basic certificate is American Conservatory Theater. Roughly 0 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $30,235 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $30,235 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 53 people received their basic certificate in theater from American Conservatory Theater. Of these students, 75% were women and 38% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier City, Louisiana
19 Yearly Graduations
37% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bossier Parish Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. Each year, around 6,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The theater program at Bossier Parish Community College awarded 19 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 37% were women and 47% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California
16 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

East Los Angeles College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. Roughly 36,800 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 people received their basic certificate in theater from East Los Angeles College. Around 81% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#8

Butte College

Oroville, California
15 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Butte College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Roughly 10,100 attend the school each year. The theater program at Butte College awarded 15 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 53% were women.

#9

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California
14 Yearly Graduations
57% Women

Santa Ana College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. Roughly 27,000 attend the school each year. The theater program at Santa Ana College awarded 14 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

#10

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona
12 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mesa Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their basic certificate in theater from Mesa Community College. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#11

Red Rocks Community College

Lakewood, Colorado
11 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Red Rocks Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Each year, around 7,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $3,574 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,082 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 11 people received their basic certificate in theater from Red Rocks Community College. Around 27% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 64% were women.

#12

San Diego City College

San Diego, California
10 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their basic certificate is San Diego City College. Roughly 14,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 10 basic certificates were handed out to theater majors at San Diego City College. Of these students, 50% were women and 70% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California
9 Yearly Graduations
78% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Santa Monica College. Each year, around 27,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 9 people received their basic certificate in theater from SMC. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 78% were women.

#14

Cecil College

North East, Maryland
7 Yearly Graduations
43% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cecil College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Roughly 2,300 attend the school each year. The theater program at Cecil College awarded 7 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 43% were women.

#14

Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7 Yearly Graduations
86% Women
86% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Community College of Philadelphia is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. Each year, around 15,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 7 basic certificates were handed out to theater majors at Community College of Philadelphia. Of these students, 86% were women and 86% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California
6 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Fullerton College. Roughly 22,600 attend the school each year. The theater program at Fullerton College awarded 6 basic certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 83% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California
6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Rosa Junior College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a basic certificate in theater. Each year, around 19,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their basic certificate in theater from SRJC. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#18

Las Positas College

Livermore, California
5 Yearly Graduations
20% Women

Las Positas College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Each year, around 8,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their basic certificate in theater from Las Positas College.

#18

Cypress College

Cypress, California
5 Yearly Graduations
40% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for theater majors who are seeking their basic certificate is Cypress College. Each year, around 15,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their basic certificate in theater from Cypress College. Of these students, 40% were women and 100% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

City College of San Francisco comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering basic certificates in theater. Roughly 24,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their basic certificate in theater from City College of San Francisco. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to theater that offer basic certificates.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Design & Applied Arts 4,140
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,064
Fine & Studio Arts 830
Music 441
General Visual & Performing Arts 343

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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