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Acting B.F.A.

Theatre Arts & Dance
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 84
  • Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
The B.F.A. in acting is an intensive, individualized, actor training program that uses both faculty from theatre and dance as well as the Guthrie Theater's professional artistic staff to provide selected students with the physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual skills necessary to succeed as working performance artists. The degree is intended to prepare students for entry into advanced education at a conservatory and/or graduate school, for professional employment.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Entry into the B.F.A. acting program is by audition only and students are admitted only in fall semester.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Freshman Courses
TH 1381 - New Voices (1.0 cr)
TH 1391 - BFA Acting I (3.0 cr)
TH 1392 - BFA Voice and Speech I (2.0 cr)
TH 1393 - BFA Movement I (2.0 cr)
TH 1501 - Introduction to Design and Technology for Live Performance (3.0 cr)
ENGL 1181W - Introduction to Shakespeare [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
TH 1395 - BFA Acting II (3.0 cr)
TH 1396 - BFA Voice and Speech II (2.0 cr)
TH 1397 - BFA Movement II (2.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· TH 3521 - Introduction to Scenic Design for Theater and Performance (3.0 cr)
· TH 3531 - Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3541 - Introduction to Stage Lighting Design (3.0 cr)
· TH 3571 - Introduction to Stage Technology (3.0 cr)
Sophomore Courses
TH 2391 - BFA Acting III (3.0 cr)
TH 2392 - BFA Voice and Speech III (2.0 cr)
TH 2393 - BFA Movement III (2.0 cr)
TH 3171 - History of the Theatre: Ancient Greece Through Neo-Classicism (3.0 cr)
TH 2395 - BFA Acting IV (3.0 cr)
TH 2396 - BFA Voice and Speech IV (2.0 cr)
TH 2397 - BFA Movement IV (2.0 cr)
TH 3172 - History of the Theatre: Age of Enlightenment to Present (3.0 cr)
Junior Courses
Fall semester of the junior year is in the London Study Abroad program.
TH 3391 - BFA Acting V (3.0 cr)
TH 3392 - BFA Voice and Speech V (2.0 cr)
TH 3393 - BFA Movement V (2.0 cr)
Theatre Department Elective (3 cr.)
TH 3395 - BFA Intensive I (2.0 cr)
TH 3398 - BFA Rehearsal & Performance I (2.0 cr)
TH 3399 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance II (2.0 cr)
TH 4532 - Makeup for the Actor (2.0 cr)
Movement Elective (1 cr.)
Senior Courses
TH 4391 - BFA Intensive II (2.0 cr)
TH 4393 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance III (2.0 cr)
TH 4394 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance IV (2.0 cr)
Movement Elective (1 cr.)
TH 4395 - BFA Intensive III (2.0 cr)
TH 4398 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance V (2.0 cr)
TH 4399 - BFA Rehearsal and Performance VI (2.0 cr)
Movement Elective (1 cr.)
Theatre Department Elective (3 cr.)
TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation [WI] (3.0 cr)
or TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects [WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
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