May 24, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Acting, B.F.A.

The Acting, BFA track is designed for students who are interested in an intensive performance program leading to the pursuit of graduate study and/or careers in professional acting. These students immerse themselves in advanced technique in acting, voice, and movement courses, and learn the application of these skills to characterization in a wide range of productions in which they perform.

There are three ways to enter the BFA Acting program:

  • Early Acceptance for Freshmen. Students ready to commit to immersive actor training may audition for early acceptance to the BFA Acting major at a High School Theatre Festival, or at an on-campus audition in April or August. All coursework is the same as students in the First Year Review.
  • Accelerated BFA for Transfer Students. Transfer applicants may audition for the BFA and placement in upper-level studio courses at an on-campus audition in December, April, or August. Depending on previous coursework, transfer students may earn their degree in 4 or 5 semesters. Please note that this accelerated program is best suited for students who have already pursued acting training at their previous institutions.
  • First Year Review. Acting students who did not have the opportunity to audition, or need more time to consider their degree path, are enrolled in the first-year BFA acting courses with an invitation to apply in the spring. After observation in acting courses, and through advisement, the faculty admits students to the BFA based on ability, progress, work habits, and potential.

If you would like to know more about the BFA audition/application processes, or to sign up for an audition time, please contact Laurie Newton at

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BFA in Acting Requirements: (33-34 credits)

Production or Performance Requirement: (4-12 Credits)

All BFA students must participate in a production or performance course in each of their final four semesters. These may be fulfilled with any of the following:

Total: 64-73 Credits