Undergraduate Studies in Acting

Compare 28 Bachelor of Arts Programs in Acting

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Pursuing a BA, or Bachelor of Arts, is an important step in preparation for a career in a specified field. Degrees are available in colleges and universities all around the globe, providing students with a wide variety of options in curriculum.

 

What is a BA in Acting? Studies in acting supply opportunity for creativity and expression. Programs provide preparation for careers in theater, film or television. Courses may include theater history and set design, but the main emphasis is training the student in the craft of acting. Classes in voice and speech are offered to develop better diction and intonation for clearer delivery of lines. Movement helps to release the creative spirit while examining body language and non-verbal communication. Scene study discusses approach and provides opportunity for exercising interpretation. Skills are further developed through school productions where experience is gained in auditioning and participating on stage and in film.

 

Much personal benefit can be realized through the study of acting. The program builds confidence, self-discipline and an ability to make a positive impression. Students also acquire skills and experience in working in groups and accepting criticism.

 

Cost of a degree in acting varies according to curriculum, school and location. Students should research their options and find the program that best suits their interests and goals.

 

There are numerous career options for work on stage and screen. Actors may audition for individual parts or provide minor supporting roles. Acting troupes employ regular casts for presentation of a variety of productions in many different venues. Speech skills can be used in voice-overs and narration. Graduates may choose jobs in set design, choreography or other related fields. A BA can be used as groundwork for more advanced degrees and a sharing of knowledge through teaching. Some programs offer the opportunity to prepare for a career as a comedian.

 

To begin your study in the creative field of acting, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance

Santa Fe University of Art and Design - SFUAD
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Santa Fe

If you’re looking to combine Theatre with another major, or a minor in another art, this degree is perfect for you. [+]

BAs in Acting. If you’re looking to combine Theatre with another major, or a minor in another art, this degree is perfect for you. You’ll begin with a well-rounded theatre core: tech to acting, management to history. While you can proceed to the BFA track if you wish, students who stay in our BA program generally want to establish professional experience in multiple subjects. For example: a degree in theatre with a minor in screenwriting, studio arts, photography, or design – you’ll be an unstoppable artistic powerhouse for any theatre-based profession. The BA in Theatre Performance requires 120 credits consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, 52 credits in major requirements, 4 credits in designated electives, and 28 credits in unrestricted electives. LIBERAL ARTS CORE REQUIREMENTS: 36 CREDITS Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits) FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits) ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits) ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits) SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits) Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits) Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits) Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits) MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: 52 CREDITS THEA 1021 STAGE MANAGEMENT (2 CREDITS) THEA 1022 Basic Stage Lighting (2 credits) THEA 1023 Costuming (2 credits) THEA 1024 Stagecraft (2 credits) THEA 1130 Acting I (4 credits) THEA 1230 Acting II (4 credits) THEA 2030 Contemporary Theatre Canon (2 credits) THEA 2031 Music Theatre Canon (2 credits) THEA 2067 Rehearsal & Production I: Sophomore (4 credits) THEA 2068 Rehearsal & Production II: Sophomore... [-]

BA Acting

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Carmarthen

BA Acting is an innovative and exciting programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts. [+]

BA Acting is an innovative and exciting programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts. Course Overview BA Acting students will follow an intensive programme of practical study which blends the acquisition of performance skills with performance methodology and contextual studies. The first year concentrates on the student’s development as a performer, with modules in voice, movement and dance, acting and devising, while the second year tests these skills in a variety of theatrical genres and contexts. The final year is entirely production-based with a series of public productions culminating in a final performance project and showcase. Key Features There are many reasons to chose this course, including: Graduate student productions at the University and on tour Study abroad available in the Unite States Professional directors and other theatre practitioners are regular contributors to the course Touring theatre companies visit the University regularly Theatre visits to major UK theatres to enhance your knowledge and experience Rigorous training, practical study, a supportive atmosphere and personal attention Excellent facilities including the 375-seat Halliwell Theatre with its accompanying studios and workshops Opportunities to work with professional theatre companies and practitioners in order to develop your skills and career prospects Extensive team of theatre professionals work within the School as directors, designers and specialist tutors [-]

Bachelor in Theatre

William Peace University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Raleigh

Our B.A. in Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. [+]

BAs in Acting. William Peace Theatre empowers students to pursue careers in the fine arts as independent, self-assessing artists. Our B.A. in Theatre features intense, specialized and synchronized curriculums. These programs were designed in accordance with the guidelines and standards established by NAST and ATHE to insure the best possible career training and success. Both the B.A. in Theatre and the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre are taught within Theatre Department. This powerful synergy offers students specialized and focused training they need without bouncing between two different programs. Our teachers have vast professional and academic experience and continue to work in the professional theatre. Students benefit from decades' of professional relationships with theatres, directors, casting agencies, agents, voice teachers, coaches, choreographers and directors in places like London, New York and Las Vegas. Our productions and students have been nominated for various awards over the years, including: Top Ten List by Spectator Magazine, multiple Raleigh News & Observer Top Ten Lists, Best Comic Actress by Roberts Reviews, consistently ranked and reviewed by the Independent Weekly. Additionally, we have been awarded countless grants to write and produce original pieces, including: Dreaming in Color written by students and alumni in conjunction with playwright Barbara Lebow; adaptation for the stage of Charles Dickens Dombey and Son by Dickens scholar Elliot Engel; Better Late Than Ever; On the Other Side; Far and True; Tartuffe, the Rock Musical. Students have gone on to New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Wilmington and other cities to pursue professional careers... [-]

BFA in Theatre: Specialization in Acting

Santa Fe University of Art and Design - SFUAD
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Santa Fe

Our Complete Actor program will help prepare you for the real world of acting professionals today: by incorporating as many venues and mediums as possible. [+]

Our Complete Actor program will help prepare you for the real world of acting professionals today: by incorporating as many venues and mediums as possible. From theatre to film, TV, voice-over work, commercials and webisodes, we can help you become a proficient, modern actor. Our students graduate with experience working in front of a camera, a microphone, and a live audience – which means you’ll have bragging rights when you’re ready to hit the job market or the audition circuit. SFUAD offers a unique set of experiences to develop the Complete Actor: Four main-stage productions a year, for which all acting students (even Freshmen) are required to audition. Four blackbox productions a year, as well as smaller student-run shows. Student film casting through The Film School. Shoot the Stars! via The Film School, which creates an opportunity for students to act with A-list Hollywood stars. Actors’ workshops, featuring professionals across the industry in small classroom settings. Opportunities on television, commercial, and feature productions via our on-campus casting company, Midthunder casting. Internships with Garson Studios productions, such as A&E’s “Longmire”. In the past, there have been student internship opportunities on feature films including “True Grit,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “No Country for Old Men,” and more. The key to SFUAD’s Complete Actor training is the combination of two highly regarded programs. The Performing Arts Department has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Programs Outside of Los Angeles by Backstage magazine, and The Film School is listed among the Top 15... [-]

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Northern Illinois University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA DeKalb

Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to take chances, demonstrate initiative and be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training. We are interested in students who want to explore an art form that will require a lifetime of dedication. [+]

BAs in Acting. Viewed within the context of a vital liberal arts education, the primary goal of our program is to prepare actors, designers, technicians and dancers for professional careers in their chosen field. We recruit students who are willing to take chances, demonstrate initiative and be responsible for their own depth of immersion in our training. We are interested in students who want to explore an art form that will require a lifetime of dedication. Bachelor of Fine Arts Emphasis - Acting All students are accepted by successful completion of an audition and interview to begin the program and are evaluated yearly to retain their position. This program offers intensive training with a personalized approach aimed at ensuring that graduates are prepared for the artistic and business demands of an acting career. During the first two years, students study different facets of the theatre including acting, theatre history, script analysis, dance, mask work, and theatre design and technology. Many of the university's general education requirements are completed during this period as well. The second semester of the freshmen year students start the professional block of training in movement, voice and acting. Training and coursework for the acting emphasis is Meisner-based and in-depth for all four years. Coursework includes on-camera acting for film and television and classes in voice-over, cold reading and audition techniques. Shakespeare and comedy of manners, dialects, stage combat, contemporary and period plays, musical theatre and on-camera techniques are also offered. At the end of the senior... [-]

BA (Hons) in Religious Studies and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

A Religious Studies and Drama joint honours degree offers you the opportunity to combine two complementary humanities subjects, as both drama and religion are mainstays of human cultural practice. [+]

BA (Hons) in Religious Studies and Drama A Religious Studies and Drama joint honours degree offers you the opportunity to combine two complementary humanities subjects, as both drama and religion are mainstays of human cultural practice. Studying Drama enables you to study a range of practical and theoretical modules, ranging from Greek theatre to stand-up comedy. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities includes studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Religious Studies at Kent allows you to study religion and modern culture in dynamic and original ways. You study in a vibrant department, which offers a range of modules, from biblical to Asian traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, as well as cutting-edge methodology modules taught by scholars who are at the top of their field. These modules cover psychological, sociological, anthropological and philosophical methods. The two subjects in combination enables you to see how the two subjects relate to all areas of society, how the themes of religion add pathos to drama, and how dramatic productions represent religion. Both subjects areas cross discipline boundaries, consider all time periods and influences from different countries, combining to give you insights into the modern world. [-]

BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Studying Philosophy and Drama enables you to engage with the world’s major philosophies and thinkers alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. [+]

BAs in Acting. BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Drama Studying Philosophy and Drama enables you to engage with the world’s major philosophies and thinkers alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. What is philosophy? Why is it important? Is it relevant? As a student of Philosophy at Kent, you do not so much learn about philosophy as learn to do it yourself. This includes not only studying major philosophies and philosophers, but also contributing your own ideas to an ongoing dialogue. You develop the ability to connect the most abstract ideas to the most concrete things in our experience. There is active research culture in the Department of Philosophy at Kent, with internationally recognised experts whose interests range from philosophers such as Hegel, Kant and Wittgenstein to topics such as the philosophy of the mind, ethics, aesthetics, logic, political philosophy, metaphysics and artificial intelligence. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are among the most popular in the country with strong National Student Survey results every year. This degree programme is an ideal combination for anyone wanting to understand the... [-]

BA (Hons) in Italian and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Italian and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of Italy, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. [+]

BA (Hons) in Italian and Drama Italian and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of Italy, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. You gain a deeper understanding of Italian drama and theatre and will also have the opportunity to combine the two subjects in your final-year dissertation. Italy is a cornerstone in culture, art and history across Europe, you cannot help but be inspired to learn the language. By learning Italian, you give yourself a tool to explore this cultural richness and to open your eyes to its Roman heritage, the Renaissance, modern architecture, fashion and cinema. It is spoken not only in its home country, but also by over 15 million people in Switzerland, North America and Australia. The majority of the Italian teaching staff are native speakers and there are usually a number of exchange students within the department, so you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language. This is supplemented by excellent technical facilities, including three satellite TV channels, videos, DVDs and computer-assisted language learning. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre... [-]

BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Hispanic Studies and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. [+]

BAs in Acting. BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies and Drama Hispanic Studies and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. Outside Spain, Spanish is the official language of all countries in South and Central America except Brazil, and is widely spoken in many parts of North America. The programme gives you the opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of Spain and Spanish America while developing your language skills. You have the opportunity to spend a year abroad in Spain, Uruguay or in Peru and we offer advanced language modules focusing on translation and interpreting – valuable skills when looking for employment. Another peninsula language, be it Catalan or Portuguese, is optional for joint honours students. Our facilities include multimedia laboratories, which offer a variety of interactive language learning programmes and dictionaries, and access to a wide range of TV satellite channels and audio, video and computer-assisted language learning facilities. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are among the most popular in the country with strong... [-]

BA (Hons) in German and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

German and Drama is an ideal combination for those wanting to gain a broad cultural insight and practical skills with an international focus. [+]

BA (Hons) in German and Drama German and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of Germany and German-speaking countries, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. You gain a deeper understanding of German dramatists, such as Goethe and Brecht, and will also have the opportunity to combine the two subjects in your final-year dissertation. German is one of Europe's most important languages for business and culture. Worldwide, it is the second-most widely used language on the internet (W3Techs 2014). It is also frequently used as a second language in Eastern Europe, serving as a means of communication across international boundaries. Fluency in the German language, combined with knowledge of political and cultural developments in the German-speaking world, opens up career opportunities in many areas of Europe. Along with our other European language departments, German has native-speaker language assistants and state-of-the art computing and audio-visual facilities. Many classes are taught in German, and you have the opportunity to spend a year studying, teaching English or working in a German-speaking country. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are... [-]

BA (Hons) in French and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

French and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of France, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. [+]

BAs in Acting. BA (Hons) in French and Drama French and Drama enables you to learn the language and culture of France, alongside learning the practical skills and cultural insights of the dramatic arts. You gain a deeper understanding of French drama and theatre and will also have the opportunity to combine the two subjects in your final-year dissertation. French is one of the most beautiful romance languages. Outside of France it is spoken as far afield as Canada, the Seychelles, Madagascar and Mali. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations, and an important language in the EU. Studying at our Canterbury campus gives you a good opportunity to immerse yourself in the language. There are many French-speaking students on campus, and our proximity to airports, the Channel ports and the Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet make it quick and easy to get to Paris, Brussels and Lille. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are among the most popular in the country with strong National Student Survey results every year. We offer the opportunity for you to spend a... [-]

BA (Hons) in Drama and English Language and Linguistics

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Studying Drama and English Language and Linguistics gives you a powerful insight into, and skills in, the mechanics of performance and communication. [+]

BA (Hons) in Drama and English Language and Linguistics Studying Drama and English Language and Linguistics gives you a powerful insight into, and skills in, the mechanics of performance and communication. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are among the most popular in the country with strong National Student Survey results every year. English Language and Linguistics is an ideal complement to subjects where an understanding of how language works is important. Language powers drama and plays a central role in everything we as human beings do. This programme explores the many facets of language, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and possible career paths. While the focus will be on English, you will also explore the meaning of language more generally, and discover what language systems have in common. [-]

BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature and Film

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

In Comparative Literature, you have the opportunity to study texts ranging from Classical Antiquity to the present day in English translation, including works by such famous authors as Homer, Ovid, Dante, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Kafka, as well as British classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and Woolf. [+]

BAs in Acting. BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature and Film In Comparative Literature, you have the opportunity to study texts ranging from Classical Antiquity to the present day in English translation, including works by such famous authors as Homer, Ovid, Dante, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Kafka, as well as British classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and Woolf. Studying Comparative Literature provides you with a broad international perspective on literary history, literary movements and literary genres. You compare literary themes and figures across different cultural backgrounds, and explore the impact of other art forms on literary works and vice versa. For example, you also study literary adaptations of films. Film at Kent engages with cinema's rich scope and history, from silent classics and mainstream Hollywood to world cinema and the avant-garde. We have a thriving film culture, with 10-20 films screened on our courses each week, the Gulbenkian Cinema (the regional arts cinema) based on campus and a lively student film society. In 2014, the University opened a new 62-seat cinema named after the pioneering female film director Ida Lupino, which students can enjoy as part of their experience during their studies. The Lupino has state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and has been created to provide an intimate atmosphere for film viewing. This degree programme enables you to develop a multidisciplinary appreciation of the arts, covering theory, history and practice that crosses disciplines and cultures. [-]

BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The study of Comparative Literature complements the study of Drama, as the analytical and comparative skills you learn are suited to both programmes, and results in a strong understanding of broad range of texts, written or performed. [+]

BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature and Drama The study of Comparative Literature complements the study of Drama, as the analytical and comparative skills you learn are suited to both programmes, and results in a strong understanding of broad range of texts, written or performed. Your literary appreciation will aid the practical drama elements, as you will have a clear understanding of the cultural and historical background of the playwright. In Comparative Literature, you have the opportunity to study texts ranging from Classical Antiquity to the present day in English translation, including works by such famous authors as Homer, Ovid, Dante, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Kafka, as well as British classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and Woolf. Studying on a joint honours Comparative Literature and Drama degree, you gain expertise in drama and theatre, and a broad, international perspective on literary history, literary movements and literary genres. It also allows you to compare themes and figures across various different cultural backgrounds, as well as to compare the works of English and American authors to European ones. We also offer programmes with an opportunity to spend a year studying abroad in either America or Europe, where you can experience different cultures as well as different approaches to the study of literature and drama first hand. [-]

BA (Hons) in Classical and Archaeological Studies and Drama

University of Kent, School of European Culture and Languages
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Classical & Archaeological Studies is very interdisciplinary in nature making it an ideal joint honours subject. The heritage of the Classical world is very important in Drama, with modern theatre still influenced by the ancient dramatists, and placing the study of Classical texts and material evidence within these wider perspectives can be very rewarding. [+]

BAs in Acting. BA (Hons) in Classical and Archaeological Studies and Drama Classical & Archaeological Studies is very interdisciplinary in nature making it an ideal joint honours subject. The heritage of the Classical world is very important in Drama, with modern theatre still influenced by the ancient dramatists, and placing the study of Classical texts and material evidence within these wider perspectives can be very rewarding. The great strength of Classical & Archaeological Studies is the varied range of subjects it includes – literature, mythology, drama, archaeology, art and architecture, history, languages and philosophy – and the way they all connect in the study of ancient civilisations, including those of Egypt, Greece, Rome and their neighbours. At Kent, you also have the opportunity to learn Latin or Ancient Greek, which are taught at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. University of Kent Drama students are taught by leading performance practitioners and lecturers from all around the world. Our range of industry-standard facilities include studios, performance spaces and workshops. There is a diverse array of modules to choose from that incorporate a distinctive balance of practical and theoretical elements, allowing you to develop the skills and vision needed for employment in the creative industries and beyond. Consequently, our Drama and Theatre courses are among the most popular in the country with strong National Student Survey results every year. [-]