A 12-Credit Puppet Arts Online Graduate Certificate Program for the Artists in All of Us

Call it magical, mysterious, uncanny – there’s something about bringing inanimate objects to life that draws us all in – children and adults alike. There’s that moment – it happens without us even knowing – when we become totally absorbed by the scene playing out in front of us. Something innate in us as human beings want to see life where there is no life.

No small wonder Puppetry has endured the test of time. In fact, Puppet Arts has evolved over centuries, and today inserts itself – often invisibly – into all kinds of venues beyond traditional puppet theater, from major motion pictures, Broadway, and opera, to television, schools, sports arenas, and many other settings. The demand for skilled puppeteers who can work across all these disciplines is rising as puppetry becomes increasingly mainstream.

So, you want in? Looking to up your puppetry skills – maybe jump headfirst into the world of puppet arts? We understand – after all, the University of Connecticut (UConn) is home to the premier graduate puppetry program in the United States and attracts artists from around the world. We also understand that for most working professionals, there are a few challenges to achieving your artistic goals, like the demands of a job, maybe kids – you know, life.

That’s why we now offer a 12-credit online graduate certificate in Puppet Arts, which brings the UConn Master’s curriculum into an online environment. You’ll get access to the same superb instruction, content, and faculty available to our graduate students – all from the comfort of your home, studio – wherever. In addition, you’ll get the connections to potential jobs within the world of puppetry that only a globally recognized program like ours can provide.

This online program is designed specifically for:

  • Performing artists, including actors, dancers, and choreographers, looking to expand their repertoire.
  • Directors, special effect artists, film makers, robotic engineers, musicians, and others interested in learning how to design and fabricate various types of puppets.
  • Sculptors, painters, and writers who work in dramatic arts fields and need to develop a strong foundation in puppet performance, design, and fabrication.
  • Educators and therapists looking to use puppetry to help children improve their communication skills, express their creativity, and deal with traumatic situations by creating a safe way for them to talk about uncomfortable subjects.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2024 semester. The deadline is Friday, June 21, 11:59, p.m. EST. Apply now to avoid last minute processing delays!



Application Deadlines

Fall Term: June 21
Spring Term: November 10

Apply early to avoid last minute processing delays.

What They Are Saying

UConn Online Graduate Certificate Graduate and Student Amy West shares her story while holding many puppets while smiling.


“Going into the program, I didn't realize the faculty are among the heavy hitters of the Puppetry Arts world. They are internationally known" ... READ MORE

UConn Online Graduate Certificate Graduate and Student Brandon Kirkham shares his story while holding many puppets and performing.


“Thanks to the knowledge and experience I have been gaining, I'm able to put my new skills into actual use. I'm learning techniques to make puppets take certain" ... READ MORE

UConn Online Graduate Certificate Graduate and Student Kimberly Van Aelst shares her story from her puppet studio.


“If you can't get to Storrs, the online graduate certificate program is ideal. You can complete the courses from your home or studio" ... READ MORE

Application Deadlines

Fall Term: June 21
Spring Term: November 10

Apply early to avoid last minute processing delays.