Acting, BFA

Offered in: Chicago

The BFA in Acting is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as an actor on stage, and in film and television.   The Acting program provides students with intensive training in several techniques including Stanislavski based work, viewpoints, period styles, on-camera technique, circus arts, stage combat, and Linklater voice and body technique.  Acting Majors also receive training in Dance and voice lessons as part of their curriculum.  Along with opportunities to perform in mainstage and blackbox productions, Acting majors also have the opportunity to intern at some of Chicago’s most prestigious theatres including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theater and Goodman Theatre and dozens of smaller Chicago theatres.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the Acting major should already have a strong background and interest in performance and acting.  Performing arts education/course work is a plus but not required.

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for the BFA in Acting audition requirements.

Requirements

Theatre, Music and Dance Requirements
THAR 099PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE (eight semesters)0
THAR 101BEGINNING VOICE1
THAR 191INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL THEATRE1
THAR 203SCRIPT ANALYSIS2
THAR 206FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I (plus lab)3
THAR 207FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING II (plus lab)3
THAR 210STAGE MAKE UP I2
THAR 220VOCAL & PHYSICAL PREPARATION I (plus lab)4
THAR 221VOCAL & PHYSICAL PREPARATION II (plus lab)4
THAR 225INTERMEDIATE ACTING I3
THAR 226INTERMEDIATE ACTING II3
THAR 231ACTING ON CAMERA I3
THAR 232VOCAL & PHYSICAL PREPARATION IV: CLASSICAL3
THAR 242VOCAL AND PHYSICAL PREPARATION V: DIALECTS3
THAR 247INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE3
THAR 250FRESHMAN REHEARSAL & PERFORM0
THAR 267IMPROVISATION FOR THE THEATRE: SPOLIN TO SILLS TO STORY THEATRE3
THAR 270THE CREATIVE PROCESS I1
THAR 271THE CREATIVE PROCESS II1
THAR 292HISTORY OF THEATRE & DRAMA I3
THAR 293HISTORY OF THEATRE & DRAMA II3
THAR 320ACTING MUSICAL STAGE I3
THAR 328SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSICAL THEATRE2
THAR 330ACTING ON CAMERA II3
THAR 331ACTING ON CAMERA III3
THAR 332VOCAL/PHYSICAL PREPARATION III3
THAR 340AUDITION AND THEATRE BUSINESS3
THAR 341STAGE MANAGEMENT3
THAR 348STAGE DIRECTING I1
THAR 350REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE (seven semesters)0
THAR 370ADVANCED CREATIVE PROCESS: YOGA3
THAR 371STAGE COMBAT I2
THAR 372STAGE COMBAT II3
THAR 375ADVANCED VOCAL/PHYSICAL PREPARATION: COMEDY-CHAR3
THAR 381STUDIES IN THEATRE3
THAR 382TECHNIQUES IN ACTING3
THAR 383AMERICAN THEATER: DRAMATIC VISIONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE1
THAR 385PERFORMANCE ART I3
THAR 387SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE3
THAR 388ADVANCED ACTING PERIOD STYLES3
TDAN 220BALLET: BASIC/BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE I1
TDAN 221BALLET: BASIC/BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE1
TVOI 102THEATER VOICE1
TVOI 103THEATER VOICE1
General Studies
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
ENG 205INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE3
Four courses outside CCPA (may not include theatre, music or dance)12
Total Credit Hours125

Other subject areas with permission of advisor.