Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Acting (B.F.A.)

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Carolyn Coulson, Associate Professor of Theatre
Ruebush Hall, Room 127-G, (540) 665-4917,

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting curriculum is designed for the talented actor who wishes to prepare for a professional acting career in the theatre and its related entertainment industries. The curriculum provides a rigorous course of performance studies with significant opportunities for practical experience, which will enable students to perform creatively, think metacognitively and operate effectively both as theatre/entertainment industry professionals and as members of a diverse society.

Students completing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting will be able to:

  • design, develop and complete collaborative projects appropriate to their discipline and career goals.
  • analyze dramatic literature, its performance and its production in cultural and historical context.
  • act with imagination, a sense of truth, full emotional range and crafted specificity.
  • speak with a powerful clean voice capable of conveying text, character, emotion and dialect across the stage and digital mediums.
  • move with kinesthetic awareness, flexibility, sustained alignment and grounded strength while using physical actions, styles and techniques appropriate to the text and performance platform/venue.
  • communicate effectively in oral and written formats using the vocabulary of the acting industry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Degree

1st Year – Fall

Total: 16.5 credits

1st Year – Spring

Total: 13.5 credits

2nd Year – Fall

Total: 16.5 credits

2nd Year – Spring

Total: 14 credits

3rd Year – Fall

Total: 17 credits

3rd Year – Spring

Total: 13 credits

4th Year – Fall

Total: 15 credits

4th Year – Spring

Total: 15 credits

Degree Total: 120.5 credits

*Minimum grade of “C” required.

#Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting curriculum are required to audition for all non-musical productions (and may audition for musical productions), and must accept the role(s) in which they are cast. A minimum of two successful completions are required.

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