Prospective Students

There are nine programs that lead to a major in theatre. The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the following programs of study:

Bachelor of Arts

A liberal arts-based degree ideal for the student who wishes to pursue multiple interests in theatre and dance.  *A minor field of study is required with this degree program*

  • Theatre (BA)
  • World Cultures & Theatre (BA) - More information to come!!

Bachelor of Fine Arts

A more intensive study for the budding professional:  acceptance into the B.F.A. program is earned through a process of application, interview and audition (performers) or portfolio submission (Design and Technology, Playwriting & Stage Management).  The BFA degree requires active involvement in the department for a minimum of four semesters after acceptance into B.F.A. candidacy.  Some exceptions to this rule of residency may be made for transfer students.  A minor field of study is not required with this degree program.  B.F.A candidates’ choose a specialization prior to auditioning. 

Areas of Specialization include:


  • Theatre - More information to come!! 
  • Dance - More information to come!!

Prospective Student BFA Auditions



Saturday, April 4, 2015 is our next incoming student audition date. At this audition, high school seniors and transfer students are considered for the BFA degree tracks in the discipline of Theatre & Dance.

Auditions will be held for students interested in performance tracks while interviews and portfolio review will be held for students interested in technical theatre or design. For detailed audition requirements, please click the Audition FAQ link above.

Auditions/Interviews Are By Appointment Only. No walk-ups, please.

To schedule an appointment, please click on the Audition/Interview Form link above. Forms must be completed and submitted to the department no later than, Friday, March 20 at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

No late applications will be accepted for any reason.

Scholarships Auditions

Scholarship Auditions for Incoming Freshman and Transfer students are typically held the first weekend in December for students beginning the following academic Year. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts Auditions

BFA auditions are held twice a year.  Once in conjunction with scholarship auditions and then again at the end of the Spring Semester (typically the end of April or beginning of May).  Incoming students may audition for admission to the BFA program once prior to beginning course work at NKU.  If a student is not accepted as an incoming freshman they can audition two additional times after completing one semester at NKU.  It is suggested that current NKU Theatre & Dance students discuss their readiness with their academic advisor prior to subsequent attempts.  Many of the current BFA students are completing course work at NKU.