Bachelor of Fine Arts: Acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (BFA) is a Professional Actor Training Program that provides young artists with rigorous training and a variety of performance opportunities intended to challenge and enliven the creative spirit. It balances foundational and advanced performance practices in theatre and film with exposure to specialized performance techniques in voice over, gaming, motion capture, green screen and other emerging disciplines. An audition is required after being admitted to the university.

The Nebraska Difference


Over $1 million in scholarships offered to fine and performing arts students each year


Expand your skillset through Theatrix, our student production company

Built-in study abroad experience at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London

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Program Features

Collaborate With the Hixson-Lied Community 

Take advantage of our vibrant community inside the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts. Collaborate on student films and projects in Emerging Media Arts or try a new role in the student production company, Theatrix. 

Prepare Yourself for a Diverse Career 

The BFA in acting will prepare you for the stage and any modern role in the entertainment industry. Take classes on Shakespeare, film, stage combat, voice acting, acting for motion cameras and more! 

Study at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 

Train with the world’s leading Shakespeare experts as a part of the BFA acting program. Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned theatre, education center and cultural landmark located on the south bank of the River Thames, London. 

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Notable Courses

Camera Acting I (THEA 151)

Introduction to the techniques required for successful performance on camera.

Intermediate Acting I (THEA 223)

Intensive concentration, emotional and sensory work focused on the problems of characterization. Emphasis on close script analysis and scene work.

Scripts on Stage and Screen (THEA 234)

Explore scripts for stage, screen and other media through story, structure, action, character and design.

Movement I (THEA 255)

Experiential practice in theatrical movement techniques necessary for character development and physical expression.

Stage Combat (THEA 260)

Learn the skills required of an actor combatant in a theatrical arena. A historical overview and technique training in unarmed combat and multiple weapons.

Advanced Voice Techniques (THEA 403)

Introduces actors to techniques ranging from commercial voice-over techniques, dialect mastery and singing, to specialized voice/speech techniques for stage, screen and new media.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Performer, We Are Nebraska
  • Intern, Lied Center
  • Student LIEDer, Lied Center


  • Stunt performer in Transformers, Iron Man 2 and The Dark Knight
  • Actress in Mad Men and Gilmore Girls
  • Actor in ER, Nip Tuck and No Ordinary Family
  • Actor in Casuals and 2 Broke Girls

Graduate Schools

  • MFA in acting and directing, University of Missouri
  • M.A. in musical theatre, London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
  • MFA in classical acting, George Washington University
  • MFA in acting, Northwestern University

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Acting major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Chris Watson
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment