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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Transferrable Performing Arts Skills-STEM to STEAM

Give your STEM some STEAM

Courses in theatre and dance provide students with invaluable experience in collaboration, critical thinking, organizational management and effective communication skills. A companion major may be the ticket to your first job! 

Top Skills Employers Seek for New Employees*

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Initiative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Technical and computer skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Friendly/outgoing personality
  • Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker
  • Tactfulness
  • Creativity
  • Fluency in a foreign language

*Outlook 2020, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Top Skills you develop with a Theatre Arts Degree

  • Communication skills
    (oral, written, nonverbal)
  • Creativity
    (ability to think outside the box)
  • Ensemble skills
    (every performance is made by a team)
  • Strong work ethic
    (the show has a deadline, work must be done)
  • Leadership skills
    (directing, leading project teams)