Theatre, BFA (Acting)
College: Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance
Limited Access: Yes
Address: 223 Fine Arts Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160
Phone: (850) 644-5548
Description of Major
The BFA in Acting is a highly competitive program that prepares graduates for rewarding careers in the theatre and related fields. It will provide the foundation necessary and essential for continued specialization in acting at the graduate level or in the professional theatre. Concentrated coursework includes acting, voice, movement, stage, and directing.
Students should complete the following prerequisites in preparation for placement in upper-division status:
THE X925 (1) Performance Production
THE X000 (3) Introduction to Theatre or any introductory 1000or 2000 level course from THE X001-X035
THE X305 (3) Dramatic Literature or THE X300 (3)
TPA X290 (1) Technical Theatre Lab
TPP X190 (1) Theatre Rehearsal and Performance or TPP X110 (3)
TPA X200 (3) Introduction to Stagecraft or TPA X210 (3)
Nine additional hours of THE, TPA and/or TPP courses
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .
Admission Requirements to the Major
Admission is by audition. Auditions are held every January and February for fall admission. Auditions are open to incoming freshmen, transfers and current students. The audition must be accompanied by an acceptable academic record and up-to-date transcripts and resume. Contact the School of Theatre for details. Students applying to the BFA program need to apply to both the School of Theatre and University Admissions.
Major Program of Studies at FSU: (88 hours)
The B.F.A. student is assessed each semester to review competencies and must maintain a 3.00 GPA in major requirements and a 2.50 or better in all coursework.
Technical Theatre (4 hours)
TPA 2201 (3) Introduction to Technical Theatre
TPA 2291 (1) Technical Theatre Laboratory
Performance (52 hours)
TPP 2110r (3, 3) Acting Techniques I
TPP 2111r (3, 3) Acting Techniques II
TPP 4113 (3, 3) Acting Techniques III
TPP 3265 (3) Acting for the Camera
TPP 3510r (3) Movement Techniques I
TPP 3511r (3) Movement Techniques II
TPP 4512r (3) Advanced Movement
TPP 3710r (3) Voice Techniques I
TPP 3711r (3) Voice Techniques II
TPP 4712r (3) Voice Techniques III
TPP 4713 (3) Voice Techniques IV
TPP 4310 (3) Directing I
TPP4531(3) Stage Combat
TPP 4922r (8) Performance Workshop
Other Theatre Requirements (32 hours)
THE 2020 (3) Introduction to the School of Theatre (Grade of B minus or higher required)
TPA 2248 (2) Stage Makeup
THE 3213 (3) World Theatre History I
THE 3214 (3) World Theatre History II (counts for General Education-Humanities)
THE 4260 (3) Historic Costume
THE 4303 (3) Play Analysis
THE 4954 (1) Culminations
THE 4990r (0) All School Events (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Theatre Electives: (13 hours)
Electives are theatre courses, which the student and his/her advisor agree will best satisfy individual student needs. Electives may include special topics courses, theatre history, credit for acting in a production (TPP 4191, 4192) and the repetition of acting classes (all acting classes may be taken three times for full credit each time).
Theatre Academy London: (6 hours)
All BFA acting majors are required to participate in a mandatory four week curriculum in London between the Sophomore and Junior years.
Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours beyond the major)
THE 4954 (1) Culminations meets this requirement for Theatre majors.
Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond the major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. Theatre majors take THE 2020.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 127*
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 88*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Competency 0 beyond major
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Actor/Actress, Producer, Playwright-Writer, Director, Drama Critic, Artistic Director, Teacher, Coach.
Representative Employers: Theatre Companies, Regional Theatres, Movie Producers, Television Studios, Park Districts, Stock Companies, Dinner Theatres, Opera Companies, Theme Parks, Children’s Theatre, Community Theatre, Universities, Community Colleges.
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