Theatre: Acting, BFA

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Acting Concentration

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Acting Concentration

The acting concentration provides intensive training in a wide range of performance aspects.  In the first and second years, students take foundational courses in acting that include movement and vocal production.  In the second year of study in the department, BFA Acting students are evaluated for promotion into the advanced studio classes in acting (Junior and Senior years.)  In addition to successful completion of all classes in their first and second years, acceptance will be based on each student’s potential for professional-caliber performance. Considerations include potential for expressive movement, effective voice and speech, emotionally connected characterization, intellectually thorough. Analysis and reliable discipline for intensive study.  Students who are not promoted into the advanced studio classes may apply to the Theatre Studies concentration.  Third- and fourth-year students meet in daily four-hour sessions, each of which includes voice and speech, movement and acting.  Students acquire skills in stage combat and dialects.   The four semesters of acting scene study focus on modern classical plays, musical theatre, Shakespeare and acting for the camera.  Students. In the professional studio in acting are expected to audition for department productions and perform as cast.

for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Theatre, Acting Concentration

A minimum of 128 hours of credit is required for the degree.

Twelve hours of 300 and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

40 credits hours in degree required in 300-400 level coursework to meet IBHE requirements.

General Education Requirements for all University Students

General Education Requirements: (40 hrs with Language requirements fulfilled)
Composition I4
Advanced Composition3
Cultural Studies: Western Comparative Cultures3
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minority Culture(s)3
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures3
Quantitative Reasoning I3
Quantitative Reasoning II3
Humanities and the Arts6
Natural Sciences and Technology6
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Language Requirement 10-12
General, Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives (as needed to total a minimum of 128 hours to earn the degree)

Core Requirements for all Theatre Majors

FAA 101Arts at Illinois1
THEA 100Practicum I2
THEA 200Practicum II2
THEA 121Theatre Foundations: Performance3
THEA 122Theatre Foundations: Theory and Practice3
THEA 123Theatre Foundations: Production3
THEA 20821st Century Dramaturgy3
THEA 304Global Theatre Performance3
THEA 364Topics in Theatre History3
THEA 404Professional Career Development1
Total Hours24

Summary of Credits for BFA in Theatre

Core Requirements for All Theatre Majors24
General Education Requirements31-40
Language Requirements, if needed0-12
Concentration Requirements (see tables below for individual concentrations)49-52
General Non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives as needed to total 128 hours0-18
Total Credits for BFA in Theatre128

Acting Concentration

THEA 175Fundamentals of Acting II3
THEA 270Relationships in Acting I3
THEA 271Voice and Movement I2
THEA 275Relationships in Acting II3
THEA 276Voice and Movement II2
THEA 371Acting Studio I: Dynamics1
THEA 372Acting Studio I: Voice2
THEA 373Acting Studio I: Movement2
THEA 374Acting Studio I: Acting3
THEA 375Acting Studio II: Dynamics1
THEA 376Acting Studio II: Voice2
THEA 377Acting Studio II: Movement2
THEA 378Acting Studio II: Acting3
THEA 400Practicum IV4
THEA 471Acting Studio III: Dynamics1
THEA 472Acting Studio III: Voice2
THEA 473Acting Studio III: Movement2
THEA 474Acting Studio III: Acting3
THEA 475Acting Studio IV: Dynamics1
THEA 476Acting Studio IV: Voice2
THEA 477Acting Studio IV: Movement2
THEA 478Acting Studio IV: Acting3
Total Hours49