The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in acting is a pre-professional training program rooted in a strong tradition of liberal arts education. Students who intend to pursue the BFA acting degree will enter the University as BA students in Theatre and declare an intent to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting no later than the beginning of the second semester of the four-year program. Over the course of the program, students pursuing a the BFA in Acting must:
Take a rigorous sequence of studio training including courses in acting, movement, and voice and speech
Attain a cumulative 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in acting coursework
After a mid-program audition at the end of the second year, be invited into the BFA program
Be cast in at least three School of Theatre & Dance productions during their four years in the program
Acting is an expressive art form in which the actor is the instrument of that expression. The program is concerned with developing the student’s ability to utilize the skills and tools taught over four years to communicate a dramatic story in the context of theatrical production. Students are expected to make continued progress in deepening and clarifying their ability to communicate story and truthfully play a character in action.