7 of the Best Schools for Theater Arts in the Philippines

These colleges can provide the training and education you need to pursue your dream career.
by Leika Golez   |  Feb 18, 2022
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Trying to find the best course for you can be an overwhelming experience due to the sheer amount of possible options you can take. At the same time, having a wide variety of options to choose from allows students to explore new interests and delve into more creative and unconventional careers. For instance, one non-traditional college degree that’s been picking up steam is Theater Arts.

Contrary to popular belief, taking up this degree doesn’t necessarily limit you to being a theater performer and director. A Theater Arts degree is broad enough to overlap with other creative fields, so graduates can also opt to be screenwriters, stage managers, broadcasters, talent agents, producers, and even entrepreneurs. Moreover, a lot of colleges in the country can provide the training and education you need to pursue your dream career. 

Below, we list 7 of the best schools that offer Theater Arts in the Philippines: 

Ateneo de Manila University

Established in 1859, Ateneo is a private university with a lot of prestigious courses in various fields. More particularly, its Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts program hones skills necessary for both onstage and offstage theater practices. Areas of interest include acting, directing, drama text and performance, and theater history and criticism. In line with Ateneo’s value for holistic learning, students will also be taught to apply their theater knowledge to related lines of work such as film, radio, and television. 

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De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde

CSB is best known for their School of Design and Arts due to their unconventional and hands-on approach to education. Their Theater Arts program will expose students to all aspects of theater, from interpreting and directing theater literature to managing and marketing their own productions. Although they will be trained to be well-rounded artists, students will have to specialize in one of their two Theater Arts tracks: Acting or Production. 

Meridian International College

MINT College is a nontraditional private school that is best recognized for its specialized art courses. Apart from being an official partner institution of the Original Pilipino Performing Art Foundation, their Performing Arts program is also headed by two-time Palanca awardee Dennis Marasigan. Through an interdisciplinary approach, industry veterans will mentor students about the creative and technical facets of theater. Students can also collaborate and put their classroom knowledge to practical use as they are given countless opportunities to write, stage, and design their very own productions. 

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Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Many apply to PUP for its social sciences and art courses—one of which is the Bachelor of Performing Arts program. With this four-year course, students can expect to develop their skills in directing, playwriting, stage production, acting, and lighting and set design. Plus, this university is an accessible choice for many because it currently has 22 campuses across Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and South Luzon. 

Silliman University

Although Silliman University is highly regarded for their science and engineering courses, their Bachelor of Performing Arts in Speech and Theater program has a notable curriculum as well. Initially starting out as the university’s Music Department, the College of Performing and Visual Arts now offers useful electives such as dance, voice, and visual arts. As for students’ major classes, everything from theater traditions and history to production design and management will be covered. Fun fact: The late National Artist for Cinema and Broadcast Arts Eddie Romero was a Silliman graduate named as an Outstanding Siliman in Arts and Filmmaking. 

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University of Santo Tomas

If you want to specialize in staging musicals, UST’s Bachelor of Music in Music Theater degree is the perfect choice for you. In this program, students will be trained to be performers, directors, and producers of different musical theater genres. Numerous alumni from the university’s Conservatory of Music have reaped prestigious awards in international competitions such as the Busan Choral Competition and the Malaysia International Virtual Band Competition. 

University of the Philippines - Diliman

As one of the oldest universities in the Philippines, UPD offers a wide array of undergraduate programs for prospective freshmen. Its Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts has an excellent Theater Arts program that provides students with five areas of specializations: Theater and Performance Studies, Performance, Dramaturgy and Directing, Theater Management, and Technical Theater and Design. In fact, actress and comedienne Eugene Domingo graduated from UPD with this degree, and she also joined Dulaang UP as an apprentice in acting and theater production. 

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READ MORE: 

6 of the Best Art Schools in the Philippines

Here's How Much It Costs to Study at Ateneo de Manila University

Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde

Everything You Need to Know Before Applying to MINT College

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