Bachelor of Arts: Performance (Acting)

Bachelor of Arts: Performance (Acting)


Important Information

Audition dates October TBD, 2017; February & March TBD, 2018; for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Undergraduate Acting Program provides you with the opportunity to pursue comprehensive actor training.

The primary goals of the Undergraduate Acting Program are to enable you to develop a creative process which will allow you to collaborate fully with other theatre artists and to provide you with a foundation in process.

The program offers eight different acting courses which move from basic process work to detailed exploration of specific technical and stylistic demands. The program also offers four semesters each of voice training and movement training, including dialects and stage combat courses. All courses in the acting curriculum focus on bridging the gap between the theoretical and the practical.

Student reviews

You will be reviewed and screened for continuation in the emphasis midway through the semester during which you are enrolled in THEA 223 Intermediate Acting I (typically your third semester as a major). The review includes an interview, an audition, and an analysis of your overall academic and artistic record, all of which are used to determine your potential for success throughout the course of study.

If you are permitted to continue in the Performance Emphasis, you would then enroll in THEA 224 Intermediate Acting II and in subsequent required Performance Emphasis courses. Read the learning outcomes for the degree in Performance.

 

Careers

  • actor
  • stunt performer
  • director
  • teacher

Application to this program

Anyone considering the Performance Emphasis (Acting) option must audition into the program (including transfer students). We admit a class of 16-20 students per year into the Performance Emphasis. These auditions are also used for awarding scholarships (individual awards vary).

Read more about undergraduate application and audition

Bachelor of Arts 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 112G Introduction to Theatre 3 cr
THEA 114 Basic Acting Techniques I 3 cr
THEA 204 Stage Makeup 3 cr
Language Prerequisite - 101 Level (Elective) 5 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 115 Basic Acting Techniques II 3 cr
THEA 120 Principles of Design for Theatre and Film 3 cr
THEA 201 Technical Theatre Practice 3 cr
Language Prerequisite - 102 Level (Elective) 5 cr
Total Credits 14

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 223 Intermediate Acting I 3 cr
THEA 253 Voice Production for the Stage 3 cr
THEA 255 Stage Movement I 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
Language Requirement - 201 Level 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 224 Intermediate Acting II 3 cr
THEA 254 Stage Diction and Dialects 3 cr
THEA 256 Stage Movement II 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Language Requirement - 202 Level 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 401 Advanced Acting 3 cr
THEA 335 History of Theatre I 3 cr
THEA 202 Play Direction I 3 cr
ACE 3 3 cr
ACE 6 3 cr
Elective 1 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 401 Advanced Acting 3 cr
THEA 336 History of Theatre II 3 cr
THEA 234 Scripts in Production 3 cr
ACE 4 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
THEA 401 Advanced Acting 3 cr
THEA 472 Theatre Perspectives 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
THEA 408/808 Advanced Projects in Acting and/or Directing 1 cr
ACE 9 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 16

Notes

At least 30 hours of courses numbered 300 or above are required. It may be necessary to select upper-level elective courses to satisfy this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.