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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 you learn with a Theatre and Dance Degree

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration skills
  • Vocal presentation skills
  • Design knowledge (scenic, costume, lighting, etc.)/attention to detail
  • Ensemble building
  • Listening skills/active empathy for others
  • Research skills
  • Self-discipline/time management
  • Self-confidence/body awareness
  • Creativity - playwriting, choreography, design workshop, etc.
  • Improvisation/spontaneity
  • Stage presence
  • Flexibility/adaptability

Top Skills Employers Seek for New Employees*

  • Communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Friendly/outgoing personality
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Detail-oriented
  • Leadership skills
  • Technical skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Creativity
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Sense of humor

*Outlook 2013, National Association of Colleges and Employers