2023-24 University Bulletin 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2023-24 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts: Acting, B.F.A.

NY State Program Code: 76177
HEGIS Code: 1007.00
CIP Code: 50.0501

(62 credits)

General Education Requirements

All students must satisfy the University’s General Education requirements, in addition to the requirements for the major in theatre.


Courses are 2 credits each unless noted otherwise.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre Arts: Acting

Required GPA: 2.0
Credits Required for Major: 62
Credits Required to Graduate: 120

The Acting Program educates students for work in the theatre and its allied branches. While a performing arts education provides students with the skills and attitudes necessary for a life in the theatre, it also seeks to awaken in the student a creative sensibility through a serious study of the traditions and literature of the theatre. Because the program recognizes the importance of both aspects of the performer’s training, the acting curriculum, which offers a spectrum of basic and advanced acting styles, takes place in a liberal arts setting. All acting majors, after being accepted by audition, spend the first four semesters acquiring the basic vocal and physical skills required of the actor. The second four semesters are devoted to refining, polishing, and honing these skills. Throughout the entire four years, students participate in a wide array of performance activities, including technique and class scene study, and solo and ensemble work in chamber theatre, cabaret, and community performances. The program takes advantage of the University’s location just outside New York City, the world center of theatre, by encouraging and arranging field trips to studios, theatres, and production centers, and by inviting well-known working professionals to campus to conduct master classes.

Semester Sequence

Degree: B.F.A.
Required GPA: 2.0
Credits Required for Major: 62
Credits Required to Graduate: 120

Course Credits Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior
    Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
PFA (0192) 100 Introduction to Stanislavsky 2              
PFA (0192) 111 The Profession and the Working Actor 2              
PFA (0192) 130 Mechanics of Voice Production 2              
PTD (0193) 153 Introduction to Costumes 2              
PFA (0192) 248 Theatre Movement 2              
PFA (0192) 150 Introduction to Scene Study 2              
PFA (0192) 180 Voice Production 2              
PTD (0193) 103 History & Application of Theatre Technology 2              
PFA (0192) 249 Theatre Movement 2              
PFA (0192) 200 Text Analysis 2              
PFA (0192) 210 Theatre History I 3              
PFA (0192) 230 Diction Erasing Local Accents 2              
PTD (0193) 269 Make-up for the Stage 2              
PFA (0192) 248 Theatre Movement 2              
PFA (0192) 250 Intermediate Scene Study 2              
PFA (0192) 260 Theatre History II 3              
PFA (0192) 280 Diction Projection-Working with the Accentless Voice 2              
PFA (0192) 249 Theatre Movement 2              
PFA (0192) 304 Performing Verse Drama 3              
PFA (0192) 340 Rudiments of Directing 2              
PFA (0192) 248 Theatre Movement 2              
PFA (0192) 380 Stage Accents 2              
PFA (0192) 354 Performing Shakespeare 3              
PFA (0192) 249 Theatre Movement 2              
PFA (0192) 300 Psychological Acting I 2              
PFA (0192) 350 Psychological Acting II 2              
PFA (0192) 400 Auditioning 2              
PFA (0192) 450 Acting for the Camera 2              
PFA (0192) 481 Manhattan Production 2