B.F.A. Degree in Acting {19-20}

B.F.A. Degree in Acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting is a course of intense study in performance coupled with extensive practical experience. It is intended for students who plan to pursue a career in performance. Admittance to this program is through audition only. Auditions are open to incoming and current students.
To receive the B.F.A. Degree in Acting, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Admission Requirements

Admission is through audition only.  Once students are admitted, there will be a yearly evaluation to determine if the student remains in the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate technical and artistic proficiency in acting, voice and speech, and movement.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of styles of performance.
  • Demonstrate technical and artistic proficiency through successful performance in a variety of theatrical productions.
  • Attain a sufficient level of skill to be ready for employment in the field of acting.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in modes of critical and historical inquiry necessary for the exploration of character and for a broad understanding of the history and aesthetics of theatre.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 32 credits )

8 credits of Theatre Activity (THTR X02 and) must be taken.
THTR 102 Theatre Activity: Technical (at least 2 credits)
THTR 202/THTR 302/THTR 402 Advanced Theatre Activity (at least 4 credits)

THTR 140 Dance for the Stage I (2)
THTR 196 First Year Seminar (1)
THTR 221 Introduction to Dramatic and Theatrical Analysis (3)
THTR 230 Acting I: Principles (3)
THTR 232 Principles of Make-Up for Stage and Film (2)
THTR 234 Theatrical Design Principles (3)
THTR 235 Directing I: Principles (3)
THTR 255 Stagecraft (3)
THTR 322 Survey of Western Theatre History and Drama (3)
THTR 492 Professional Seminar (1) *must earn C or higher grade

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
THTR 322 Survey of Western Theatre History and Drama (3)

Program Requirements

Intermediate Performance Studies (15 credits)

THTR 231 Auditioning (3) 
THTR 240 Dance for Stage II  (3)
THTR 331 Acting II: Scene Study (3) 
THTR 333 Movement for the Actor  (3) 
THTR 334 Voice for the Actor  (3)
THTR 440 Dance Production (1)

Acting Styles for (12 Credits to be repeated 4 times under different topics)

THTR 430 Acro/Clown/Combat (3) 
THTR 430 Diction and Dialects (3)
THTR 430 Musical Theatre Acting (3)
THTR 430 Musical Theatre Acting II (3)
THTR 430 Period Styles (3)
THTR 430 Performing Shakespeare (3)

Advanced Performance Studies (9 credits)

THTR 434 Special Projects –Movement (3)
THTR 434 Special Projects – Voice (3)
THTR 434 Special Projects – Advanced Realism (3)

Advanced Performance Production (7 credits)

THTR 360 Dramatic Production I or THTR 397 Independent Study – Junior Solo Performance (3)
THTR 460 Dramatic Production II or THTR 497 Independent Study – Senior Solo Performance (3)
THTR 497 Independent Study – Audition Showcase (1)

 Advanced Theatre Studies (3 Credits – Choose 1)

THTR 420 Theatrical World (3)
THTR 425 Contemporary Playwrights (3)