Theatre: Acting, BFA

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


department website: https://theatre.illinois.edu

department faculty: https://theatre.illinois.edu/people/meet-our-faculty/


college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://www.faa.illinois.edu/


The acting program provides intensive training in a wide variety of performing media. In the first and second years, students take introductory courses in movement, voice, and acting. In their second year of study in the department, students must audition for acceptance into the studio in acting. In addition to successful completion of all classes in their first and second years, acceptance will be based on an evaluation of each student's potential for professional-caliber performance, commitment to theatre, and the necessary discipline for intensive study. Third- and fourth-year students meet in daily four-hour sessions, each of which includes sections in dynamics, voice and speech, movement, and acting. Semester-long acting sections include advanced scene study, musical theatre, Shakespeare, and acting for the camera. Students in the professional studio in acting must audition for department productions and perform as cast.


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



Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours.


General Education Requirements for all University Students

Composition I4
Advanced Composition (fulfilled by THEA 261)
Quantitative Reasoning, I and II6
Foreign Language0-12
General Education18
Humanities and the Arts (fulfilled by THEA 102 and THEA 261)
Natural Sciences and Technology (6 hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
Cultural Studies (U.S. Minority, Western, and non-Western Cultures) (9 hours)
General non-Theatre Electives9
Open Electives11-14
Total Hours48-51

Core Requirements for all Theatre Majors

THEA 102Text to Stage 14
THEA 103Survey of Theatre Production4
THEA 170Fundamentals of Acting I 13
THEA 125Graphic Skills 13
or THEA 175 Fundamentals of Acting II
THEA 20821st Century American Dramaturgy3
THEA 262Literature of Modern Theatre3
THEA 360History of Theatre I4
THEA 361History of Theatre II4
Total Hours28

Acting Concentration

THEA 100Practicum I4
THEA 400Practicum IV4
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 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 Hours50