Jun 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Acting (B.F.A.)


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

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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