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Arts and Architecture

Acting

College of Arts and Architecture (ACTNG_BFA)

PROFESSOR Steven Snyder, Associate Professor of Theatre

The BFA in Acting is an intensive training program for students who intend to pursue a career in acting for stage and film. Admission is determined via an audition and interview process, in addition to admission to the University Park campus. Four years of studio training include one semester in the Theatre Academy of London for advanced training. Performance opportunities are provided for the student, but must be earned through audition. Education in theatre and the general education curriculum provides depth to the actor's intellectual and artistic development. Concurrent majors and minors are allowed only with pre-approval of the program. Like all programs in the School of Theatre, the BFA in Acting is subject to NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre) accreditation.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Admission to the program includes acceptance to the University Park campus, application to the program, an audition, and an interview with primary faculty members. Video taped auditions and video interviews may be arranged.

RETENTION REQUIREMENTS: Retention will be determined through the process of scheduled reviews, in concert with verification of sustained academic growth as demonstrated by earning of grades of C or higher within the major. Failure to do so is grounds for an academic warning, with clear written strategies and a time frame for the student to return to good standing. Should the issues not be addressed by the student, the faculty may advise the student into a different program or major.

For a Bachelor of Fine Arts in BFA Acting, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing Given Like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 of these credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 87 credits [1]
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GHA, 3 credits of GN, 6 credits of GA)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (78 credits)
DANCE 270 GHW(3), DANCE 361 GA(1.5), DANCE 362 GA(1.5), DANCE 370 GN(3), MUSIC 113(1)[18], MUSIC 114(1)[18], PHOTO 100 GA(3)[18], THEA 1S(1)[18], THEA 100 GA;US;IL(3)[18], THEA 115(2), THEA 132(3)[18], THEA 146(2)[18], THEA 150(3)[18], THEA 209(3), THEA 225A(2), THEA 225B(2), THEA 225C(2), THEA 289(1)[18], THEA 322(2), THEA 324(2), THEA 325(2), THEA 401 IL(3)[18], THEA 402(3)[18], THEA 420(3), THEA 421(3), THEA 422(3), THEA 425A(2), THEA 425C(2), THEA 427A(2), THEA 427C(2), THEA 429(2), THEA 499 IL(9)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from: THEA 405 US(3), THEA 407(3), THEA 408(3), THEA 412(3)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 3 credits THEA or A&A and select 3 credits THEA, A&A, or General Elective

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[18] A grade of C or better per course is required for teacher certification.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-04-013D

Review Date: 1/10/2017

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