Drama & Theater Arts

2022 Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Florida

20 Colleges in Florida
764 Theater Degrees Awarded
$22,367 Avg Early-Career Salary
Drama & Theater Arts is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #59 most popular degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual reviewed 20 schools in Florida to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of drama and theater arts. Combined, these schools handed out 764 degrees in drama and theater arts to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Drama & Theater Arts School

Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Florida The theater program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Drama & Theater Arts rankings. We derive our Best Overall Drama & Theater Arts School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Drama & Theater Arts Rankings by Degree Level

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Drama & Theater Arts Schools in Florida list to help you make the college decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Drama & Theater Arts in Florida

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the theater degree levels they offer.

10 Top Florida Schools in Theater

#1

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
102 Theater Degrees Awarded

Florida State University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in drama and theater arts. Florida State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Tallahassee. A Best Schools rank of #210 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Florida State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 102 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at Florida State in the most recent data year. Drama & Theater Arts degree recipients from Florida State University earn a boost of approximately $7,483 over the typical earnings of drama and theater arts majors.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Theater Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat University of Florida if you want to pursue a degree in drama and theater arts. UF is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Gainesville. A Best Schools rank of #94 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UF is a great university overall.

There were approximately 54 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at UF in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the theater program earn an average of $22,200 for their early career.

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#3

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In FL

It is difficult to beat University of Miami if you wish to pursue a degree in drama and theater arts. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Coral Gables. A Best Schools rank of #240 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means U Miami is a great university overall.

There were approximately 15 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at U Miami in the most recent year we have data available.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In FL
99 Theater Degrees Awarded

University of Central Florida is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in drama and theater arts. Located in the suburb of Orlando, UCF is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #329 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UCF is a great university overall.

There were approximately 99 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at UCF in the most recent data year.

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#5

Valencia College

Orlando, FL
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In FL
104 Theater Degrees Awarded

Valencia College is a very large public college located in the city of Orlando. A Best Schools rank of #152 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Valencia College is a great college overall.

There were about 104 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at Valencia College in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Theater Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Miami, FIU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #547 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means FIU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 37 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at FIU in the most recent data year. Graduates who receive their degree from the theater program earn about $19,400 for their early career.

More information about a degree in drama and theater arts from Florida International University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
35 Theater Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Tampa, USF Tampa is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #439 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USF Tampa is a great university overall.

There were roughly 35 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at USF Tampa in the most recent data year. After graduating, theater degree recipients typically earn around $20,800 in the first five years of their career.

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#8

Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

Rollins is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Winter Park. This college ranks 39th out of 87 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were approximately 18 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at Rollins in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the theater program report average early career wages of $18,900.

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#9

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In FL

Florida Southern is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize city of Lakeland. This college ranks 38th out of 87 colleges for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were about 21 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at Florida Southern in the most recent data year.

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#10

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17th Most Popular In FL

Located in the large suburb of Fort Myers, FGCU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #822 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means FGCU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 6 drama and theater arts students who graduated with this degree at FGCU in the most recent year we have data available.

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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

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One of 10 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Drama & Theater Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Theater Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Theater Arts 456
Theater Design & Technology 160
Other Dramatic/Theatre Arts & Stagecraft 102
Musical Theater 22
Acting 16
Playwriting & Screenwriting 8

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,583
Fine & Studio Arts 1,497
Design & Applied Arts 1,450
Music 1,279
General Visual & Performing Arts 994
Arts & Media Management 709
Dance 140
Other Visual Art 18

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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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