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2021 Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts in Florida

Drama & Theater Arts is a popular major and Florida is the 6th most popular state for students studying this major. 640 of the 16,329 Drama & Theater Arts degrees earned last year were given by colleges in Florida. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts in Florida ranking analyzed 8 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in drama and theater arts. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Drama & Theater Arts students in Florida.

Choosing a Great Drama & Theater Arts School

Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts in Florida The theater program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Drama & Theater Arts graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A drama and theater arts bachelors degree from a college in Florida helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $20,638 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Drama & Theater Arts students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other drama and theater arts students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized drama and theater arts related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Drama & Theater Arts students in Florida.

More Ways to Rank Drama & Theater Arts Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Theater Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Best Schools to Study Drama & Theater Arts in Florida

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for drama and theater arts majors.

Best Theater Colleges Florida

#1

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

It's difficult to beat Florida State University if you want to pursue drama and theater arts as a major. Located in the city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Florida State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in drama and theater arts, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Florida State University drama and theater arts students make $2,862 more than the standard theater student.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida is among your top options if you're planning on studying drama and theater arts. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a very large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, UF offers a Master's Degrees in drama and theater arts. Soon after graduating, theater students usually earn an average of $22,200 in the first five years of their career.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus is a wonderful option for students pursuing a Drama & Theater Arts degree. USF Tampa is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Tampa.

Graduates of the theater program state that they receive average early career wages of $20,800.

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Florida International University is a good option for individuals pursuing a Drama & Theater Arts degree. FIU is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Miami.

Graduates of the theater program earn around $19,400 in the first couple years of working.

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#5

Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

Rollins is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Winter Park.

Students who graduate from the theater program make around $18,900 in their early career salary.

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Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Located in the suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Full Sail University offers an Associate's Degrees in drama and theater arts. Drama & Theater Arts majors from Full Sail University earn a boost of about $7,762 above the typical earnings of drama and theater arts graduates.

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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL

Located in the city of Boca Raton, FAU is a public university with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, FAU also offers a Master's Degrees in drama and theater arts. After graduation, theater students generally make an average of $15,600 in their early careers.

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Located in the city of Pensacola, UWF is a public university with a large student population.

Students who complete this program state that they receive average early career wages of $16,300.

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Best Drama & Theater Arts Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 411
North Carolina 274 454
Virginia 268 443
Tennessee 257 176
South Carolina 239 175
Kentucky 238 168
Alabama 230 171
Mississippi 228 78
Arkansas 226 75
Louisiana 225 163
West Virginia 205 66

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Drama & Theater Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Theater

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 1,428
Music 1,274
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,209
Design & Applied Arts 1,145
General Visual & Performing Arts 704

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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