About Us

Shanghai Theatre Academy

Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a comprehensive university of performing arts, with the focus on theatre training and studies and a history of almost 70 years. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of China and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, and reporting to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, STA is one of the best art institutions of higher education in China. After decades of development, STA has grown from a single discipline school into an outstanding comprehensive university of performing arts in China.

There are three STA campuses located on Huashan Road, Lianhua Road, and Hongqiao Road, respectively. In STA there are four departments (Department of Acting, Department of Stage Design, Department of Directing, and Department of Dramatic Literature), and four colleges (College of Chinese Opera, College of Dance, College of Film & Television, and College of Creativity Studies). Besides, there are two key national professional pre-college schools affiliated to STA: the Chinese Opera School and the Dance School. There are also College of Continuing Education, the Training Center, and an affiliated High School of Arts.

STA has about 2000 undergraduate students, 500 master and PhD students, and 1000 students in the two professional pre-college schools. On the campus there are tow professional theatres – the Academy Theatre and the Duanjun Theatre – for all kinds of educational practices and formal performances. The New Space and the two Black Box studios are used for the free experimental performances of modern drama. In addition, there are also two performing studios for comprehensive rehearsing, and two studios for the educational practices of film and TV, which can satisfy all kinds of needs for education, research and students’ performance. The three campuses all have their own specialized classroom buildings, multifunctional comprehensive classroom buildings, and information centers. The digital teaching and management platforms can connect different campus. Our students also enjoy the good living conditions offered by the students’ dormitory, the dining halls, the gymnasium and all kinds of sports facilities.

Degree Programs 
Undergraduate Majors (4-year)
1、    Acting
2、    Directing
3、    Dramatic Literature
4、    Drama, TV & Film Design
5、    Broadcasting and TV Hosting
6、    TV & Film Programming and Directing
7、    Choreography
8、    Art Design
9、    Arts Education
10、Public Administration
11、Media Creativity
12、Composition and Theories

Postgraduate Programs
1、    Fine Arts Studies
2、    Theatre Studies
3、    Cinema Studies
4、    Broadcasting & TV Studies

MFA (full-time program) (2.5-year)
5、    Theatre
6、    Chinese Opera
7、    Broadcasting & TV
8、    Dance
9、    Painting
10、Art design

Theatre Studies