Theatre - Acting Concentration (B.F.A.)

Coordinator: Heather Benton

The BFA Acting Program is an innovative and rigorous actor training program that specializes in the immersion and integration of multiple acting techniques as a foundation for acting for the stage and film/ television and new media. The curriculum features a course progression that includes acting, voice and speech and movement training for the actor throughout all four years and culminates in the integration of these skills in the fourth year of training which also includes a concentration in acting for the camera, voice over and new media as well as courses that that prepare students for a professional career in acting. Senior year also features a Capstone project and a New York Showcase with industry professionals. The BFA Acting degree combines the best of a conservatory training experience with a liberal arts education. The curriculum is enhanced by academically rigorous theatre courses in text analysis, directing, theatre history, technical theatre and a large array of acting electives that allow students to specialize in other areas of acting interest such as dialects, stage combat, playwriting and directing.

For further information, go to: BFA Acting (note: All Theatre & Dance majors must pass yearly juries/portfolio reviews and faculty evaluation for continuation in the programs.)

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements22
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements80
Free Electives15-9
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Acting Requirements
THTR 115Acting I - BFA3
THTR 130Acting II - BFA3
THTR 222Acting III - B.F.A.: Scene Study I3
THTR 223Acting IV - B.F.A.: Scene Study II3
THTR 322Acting V - B.F.A.: Classical Acting I3
THTR 323Acting VI - B.F.A.: Classical Acting II3
THTR 324Acting VII - B.F.A. Advanced Scene Study3
THTR 125Voice and Speech I3
THTR 225Voice and Speech II3
THTR 325Voice and Speech III3
THTR 326Voice and Speech IV3
THTR 327Voice and Speech V3
THTR 328Voice and Speech VI3
THTR 120Movement for the Actor I3
THTR 220Movement for the Actor II3
THTR 320Movement for the Actor III3
THTR 321Movement for the Actor IV3
THTR 331Movement for the Actor V3
THTR 332Movement for the Actor VI3
Performance and Production
THTR 200Production Stagecraft1
THTR 201Production Operations1
THTR 202Production Costumes1
THTR 330Play Direction I3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Performance Production I
Performance: Production II
Performance: Production III
Supportive Theatre Courses
THTR 139Stage Make-Up1
THTR 150Introduction to Technical Theatre1
THTR 208Drama in Text3
THTR 210Theatre History: Early World3
THTR 211Theater History: Modern World3
Major Electives
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to the Theatrical Medium
Singing for the Actor I
Singing for the Actor II
Musical Theatre I
Musical Theatre II
Stage Dialects
Stage Technique: Combat
Playwriting I
Senior Showcase for Actors
Play Direction II
Shakespeare Workshop
Dramatic Workshop
Theatre Cooperative Education Experience
Total Credits80

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits22

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
THTR 1153THTR 2203
THTR 1203THTR 2253
THTR 1253THTR 2083
THTR 1501THTR 2001
 14 16
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
THTR 2223THTR 2233
THTR 3203THTR 3213
THTR 3253THTR 3263
THTR 2103THTR 2113
THTR 2021THTR 2011
 16 16
Third Year
World Language I3World Language II3
THTR 3223THTR 3233
THTR 3313THTR 3323
THTR 3273THTR 3283
THTR 3303THTR 2061
THTR 1391Free Elective3
THTR 2041 
 17 16
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION (G) Computer Science3World Cultures3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
THTR 3243THTR 4253
THTR 2071 
 13 12
Total Credits 120