Acting for the Stage and Screen Major (BFA)

63 units

The BFA in Acting is a four-year cohort degree. All acting, voice, and movement courses have prerequisites, and students must take courses with their cohort in sequence.

Students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in each required course and attend weekly warm-ups. Students who do not maintain this GPA or meet policies outlined in the Theater Arts Handbook may be put on probation, lose their scholarship, and risk being removed from the program.

Film and Theater History Courses
CINE 285History of Film3
THTR 325History of Theater to the 19th Century 43
THTR 326History of Theater: 19th Century to the Present3
Technical Theater Courses (6 units)
THTR 223Theatrical Makeup3
THTR 216Performance and Production (BFA Practicum) 12
THTR 216Performance and Production (Crew) 21
Theater Electives
Select two of the following:6
Theatrical Sets and Properties
Theatrical Lighting and Sound
Introduction to Stage Management
Theater for Social Change 5
Writing 3: Playwriting 6
Musical Theater Workshop
Voice and Movement Courses
THTR 200Beginning Voice for the Actor 72
THTR 201Beginning Movement for the Actor2
THTR 250Intermediate Voice for the Actor 72
THTR 251Intermediate Movement for the Actor2
THTR 260Advanced Voice for the Actor2
THTR 301Advanced Movement for the Actor2
Acting Courses
THTR 171Acting Fundamentals for the Stage3
THTR 173Improvisation for the Actor3
THTR 271Intermediate Acting for the Stage3
THTR 273Acting Shakespeare 83
THTR 361Acting Fundamentals for the Screen3
THTR 371Intermediate On-Camera Scene Study3
THTR 471Advanced Acting for the Camera3
THTR 472Business of Acting/Hollywood Showcase 93
Performance Courses6
Performance and Production 3
Total Units63

Freshman are required to take 1 unit of THTR 216 Performance and Production: BFA Practicum in the fall AND spring semester of their freshman year in the program.


Sophomores are required to take 1 unit of THTR 216 Performance and Production: Crew in EITHER the fall or spring semester of their sophomore year of the program.


All BFA students are required to take six units of THTR 216 Performance and Production as an actor beyond the three units listed in Technical Theater for a total of 9 units of THTR 216 Performance and Production.


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement. 


Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement. 


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 


Taking both THTR 200 and THTR 250 meets the General Education Oral Communication requirement. 


Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement. 


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.