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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southwest Region

38 Colleges
$21,362 Avg Salary
$23,453 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Drama & Theater Arts School for You

Drama & Theater Arts is the #69 most popular major in the country with 17,726 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. This report analyzed 38 schools in the Southwest Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southwest Region

Check out the theater programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts the best school in the Southwest Region for drama and theater arts students. KD Conservatory is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Dallas.

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Out of the 38 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Texas at Austin landed the # 2 spot on the list. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Austin.

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#3

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

The excellent programs at Texas Tech University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the Southwest Region . Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Lubbock.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend West Texas A&M University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southwest Region list. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the fringe town of Canyon.

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#5

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

The excellent programs at Texas State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best drama and theater arts schools in the Southwest Region . Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public school with a very large student population.

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Texas A&M University - Commerce did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for drama and theater arts students. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in the distant town of Commerce, Texas A&M Commerce is a public college with a large student population.

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University of Houston

Houston, TX

University of Houston landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best drama and theater arts programs. U of H is a very large public school located in the city of Houston.

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With a ranking of #8, Oral Roberts University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. ORU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Tulsa.

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#9

Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. OCU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Oklahoma City.

Theater majors at OCU take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #10, Southern Methodist University did quite well on this year’s best schools for drama and theater arts students. SMU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Dallas.

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Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges by State

Explore the best drama and theater arts colleges for a specific state in the Southwest region.

State Degrees Awarded
Texas 920
Arizona 199
Oklahoma 159
New Mexico 51

One of 9 majors within the area of study, drama and theater arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Donald Judge.

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