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Actors in a theater production: Pursue a Theater Practices certificate program at Regent University.

Certificate of Graduate Studies in Theatre Practices

Online w/ Residency
June 19, 2023
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The Certificate of Graduated Studies in Theatre Practices, offered online with required summer residency*, is designed for students seeking a broad overview in acting, directing, dramaturgy and design. Credits from this certificate may be applied to the master’s program.

  • Examine theories and concepts of acting and directing for the stage with an emphasis on Constantin Stanislavski’s system and on script analysis, principles of staging and collaborating with actors.
  • Investigate the process of creating a scenic, costume, lighting or audio design.
  • Gain expertise in designing and applying makeup techniques including corrective, fantasy, animal, special effects, old age and latex prosthetic pieces.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

*THE 632 and 633 are required on campus in the summer.

This certificate may help advance your career in theatre arts by equipping you with a broad scope of knowledge in your field. Potential career fields include acting, stage production, public relations, voice over work and talent for commercial work.

Opportunity to gain expertise in designing and applying a variety of makeup techniques including: corrective, fantasy, animal, special effects, old age and will culminate in the introduction of latex prosthetic pieces. Student will be required to purchase a personal makeup kit.
An in-depth examination of a variety of theories and techniques of dramatic stage acting. Emphasis placed on Constantin Stanislavski’s system and the application of his theories and principles in exercises and performance presentations. Residency requirement.
An in-depth examination of a variety of theories and techniques for directing live performances for the stage. Emphasis placed on various principles, techniques, and approaches to directing dramatically effective presentations. The student will participate in classroom exercise work designed to prepare the student to apply what they learn in various types of performance presentations. Emphasis placed on script analysis, principles of staging, and collaborating with actors. Residency Requirement.
Provides an intellectual analysis as well as practical and emotional perspective of the process of creating a scenic, costume, lighting or audio design. Emphasis is placed on script analysis, research methods, implementation and evaluation. Students investigate the impact of resources on the creation of a work of art.
Explores in depth the tools and techniques utilized by theatrical designers to bring their work to the stage. Students produce designs for creating scenery, costuming and lighting for a production.

2022-23 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19


A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Provide Your Unofficial College Transcripts

We require an official transcript indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. Regent has partnered with DocuSign to offer a secure, electronic way for your previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf once you have registered for your first semester.

If you have an unofficial copy of your college transcripts, please email those to using the subject line: SCA Certificate Application Pieces.

If you are an international student, or you earned college credit at non-US institutions, please submit your transcripts for a third-party course-by-course evaluation. Learn more and find recommended agencies.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Certificate of Graduate StudiesTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
Theatre Practices$67015$10,050

Student Fees Per Semester

Course Infrastructure Fee$200 (per course)
University Services Fee (Online Students)$700
Library Course$50 (one-time fee; all students must register for this course to graduate)
Late Payment Fee$100

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Summer 2023:

  • THE 632/633: Monday, June 26 – Friday, July 14, 2023

Residency is a necessary component to building academic fellowship and camaraderie among a community of scholars. Class-size permitting, all Certificate of Graduate Studies in Theatre Practices students must attend the following 3 credit hour courses: THE 632 Theories & Concepts in Acting, on campus in the mornings, and THE 633 Theories & Concepts in Directing, online or on campus in the afternoons. Both courses are scheduled for three weeks in the summer term.

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