Why Study Theatre Arts at UIW?

National Accreditation

  • UIW offers a BA in Theatre Arts, which will give you a comprehensive approach to training in the context of a liberal arts education.
  • Our program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. This accreditation ensures that your theatre training will meet established national standards of excellence in terms of content, production quality, and teaching practices.

Special Training Opportunities

  • You will get to work with international, regional and local Guest Artists in workshops, coursework, and production.
  • Students who demonstrate talent and skills in design (costume, set or lights) can apply to serve as assistant designer or designer on selected fully mounted productions.

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • UIW Theatre Arts majors are encouraged to study abroad. Theatre Arts students can take advantage of various short term trips by the University, or spend a semester abroad.
  • The University of the Incarnate Word Theatre Arts Department has an exchange agreement with Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa; The New Zealand School of Drama. Toi Whakaari is the national conservatory training school for the dramatic arts in New Zealand. Exceptionally talented performers who have demonstrated excellence in class work and production can apply to spend a semester at Toi Whakaari.

Access to Special Museum Collections

  • The UIW Theatre Arts department enjoys access privileges with two local museums for research purposes related to production and course work.
  • The McNay Art Museum houses the Tobin Theatre Arts Collection, which contains theatre designs in the form of sketches and models from the renaissance to the present and a library of rare theatre books and journals.
  • The Witte Museum houses a Textile and Dress Collection which contains clothing that dates from the late eighteenth century to the present as well as a rare collection of international folk dress and textiles from the renaissance.

A History of Excellence, a Tradition of Student Engagement

  • UIW Theatre Arts is the longest producing college theatre program in San Antonio.
  • UIW Theatre Arts productions consistently garner awards at the annual Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards ceremony.
  • UIW is committed to student engagement and success. Check out the following links to cool programs sponsored by UIW: The First Year Engagement Program and UIW Student Organizations.
  • UIW students give back to the community in community service and service learning projects. Theatre Arts majors have created toys for homeless children, performed revues at retirement centers and puppet shows at children's hospitals, and volunteered technical support at local high schools.