The CMU School of Drama is the oldest conservatory training, and the first degree-granting drama institution in America. Founded in 1914, the school combines established practice with pedagogical innovation and technology, across all disciplines.
Admission is based on reviewing respective portfolios as well as auditions. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are also required.
Its undergraduate acting, musical theatre, directing, design, dramaturgy, and production and technology management majors are considered to be among the top programs in undergraduate conservatory training. Carnegie’s MFA offerings in directing, design, and production and technology management are also considered to be top graduate programs in the country.
The School of Drama offers 18 events every season on campus, and also presents members of its graduating class in produced showcases in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Many who have successfully graduated from Carnegie Mellon have gone on to attain success in theatres such as the Pittsburgh Theatre.
This prestigious institution is ranked number four out of all the drama schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter which means it is definitely a school worth attending. The tuition is $53,650 year and like all other institutions, financial aid is also available.