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Performing Arts Career Pathways

Develop your artistry, technique and vision as you prepare for a career that brings inspiring performances to life.

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Career Options

With a degree in performing arts, you’ll open doors to an exciting career on stage, in the studio, or leading from behind the scenes.

  • Actor
  • Casting Director
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Director
  • Drama Critic
  • Lighting Technician
  • Music Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Singer
  • Stage Manager
  • Symphony Performer

Discover Performing Arts Majors and Minors

Pursue your interests with a customizable program that sets you up for success.

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Coursework Highlights

Find courses that give you the knowledge and skills to stand out from the pack.

  • Advanced Acting: Modern Drama
  • Analysis of Contemporary Music
  • Ballet, Tap and Jazz courses
  • Basic Conducting
  • Development of Theater and Drama
  • Electronic Music Composition
  • History of Musical Theater
  • Introduction to Musical Theater Performance
  • Introduction to Stage Management
  • Live Sound and Concert Recording
Blake Brewer dancing and singing on stage with cast members.

The drama department's affiliation with Syracuse Stage allowed me to perform alongside professionals and work toward my union membership.

—Blake Brewer ’21, actor, singer, dancer

Follow his journey 

Clubs and Organizations

Learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Explore clubs and make connections to build your resume and your network.

  • 20 Watts Magazine
  • A Cappella Council
  • American Choral Directors Association Collegiate Chapter
  • Black Box Players
  • Black Celestial Choral Ensemble
  • Danceworks
  • First Year Players
  • United States Institute of Theater Technology
  • Women's Music Network

I had all kinds of internships and experiences at Syracuse University that ultimately played a role in what I do today. I wanted ideally to travel the world and see places I had never seen, which definitely has happened. I saw music as the access point to all that.

Jason Miller ’95, CEO of Eventim Live Asia

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