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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Performance Studies

Drummer and clapping students

At Texas A&M, you can do it all – you don’t have to specialize in music or theater. We offer a program that allows you flexibility to combine music, theater, and technology that will satisfy your curiosity, too.

What does performance tell us about the world around us?

Performance studies is a research discipline in which performance is at once a subject of investigation, a frame we use to see the world anew, and a unique method and medium with which to generate new answers to fundamental questions facing humankind. Through performance, our students learn to engage creatively with the world around them in an on-going process of investigation and meaning-making. In the course of their work in the Performance Studies BA, students will develop a perspective on artistic practice that crosses genres; the ability to think independently, work collaboratively, and solve problems creatively; and a commitment to the performing arts as socially engaged practice.

Our B.A. provides a foundation in critical reflection, analysis, and creative practice from which students can launch a variety of careers. In their core Performance Studies courses, B.A. Students are immersed in performance theory, learn the craft of creating live theatrical and musical performance, and cultivate essential research and writing skills to be successful citizens, scholars, and artists in the 21st century.

 

Four Pillars of the B.A. in Performance Studies

Performance as Research

In Performance Studies, we embrace the fact that live, embodied performance provides a unique way to know and understand the world. A musician, an actor, a dancer, or performer of any stripe knows the world differently by virtue of their performance practice; we teach our BA students to harness that knowledge and share it widely.

Global Performance Practices

We live in a globalized world and prepare our students to be global leaders. The BA in Performance Studies at Texas A&M University draws on the global expertise of our Department’s research faculty. We bring artists from around the world to campus to work with our students, and we equip our students with the tools they need to be responsible global citizens.

Performance and Technology

We train students to take advantage of technological advances in their creative and professional lives, and to recognize the risks and rewards ongoing technological progress can provide to our communities.

Performing Communities

Our courses emphasize the use of performance to create and circulate knowledge for and within a variety of communities. In courses on topics ranging from arts administration to activist performance, BA students learn to use the arts to promote resilient communities and drive social change. We make informed and responsible citizens, who use performance to serve their communities and the wider world.

 

For more information about the B.A. in Performance Studies, please contact Brianna Edwards at bedwards@tamu.edu or by phone at 979-845-5143.

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