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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The Academy of Art University’s BFA Acting program is a comprehensive and diverse curriculum that provides a strong foundation in performance fundamentals, including acting technique, acting for camera, improvisation, singing, and speech. Courses in audition technique, stage production, musical theatre, and stage combat help prepare our graduating students to enter the professional world.

BFA Acting Unit Requirements

Core 36 units
Major 42 units
Art Electives 9 units
Liberal Arts
45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Acting Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 2 Theater & Performance Appreciation courses
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative Literacy course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas and Influences course
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course

Additional Information

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Acting

  • Deliver cohesive performances that demonstrate technical proficiency in acting
  • Deliver performance on an appropriate scale for both theater and film
  • Analyze and act on the key story and character elements of each script in order to build a fully-realized performance
  • Behave truthfully under imagined circumstances, as defined by the script
  • Listen and respond to other actors reflexively and organically in the working environment
  • Effectively convey the subtext of a scene
  • Play a variety of actions in pursuit of an objective
  • Exhibit flexibility and range as an actor, including the ability to adjust and improve their performance based on the notes they are given

Movement

  • Make effective physical choices for each role, activating the entire body as an expressive instrument

Vocal Production

  • Project appropriately for the performance medium
  • Clearly enunciate their lines for clear communication

Spontaneity

  • Spontaneously develop a character, story or situation through improvisation

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a resume, headshot and/or reel suitable for seeking opportunities within the acting profession
  • Demonstrate professionalism and a strong work ethic through effective preparation, punctuality, and reliability
  • Demonstrate collaborative skills required by the professional work environment and make positive contributions to the creative process

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Study acting, improvisation, singing, and other fundamental components of performing in the Academy of Art University’s AA Acting program. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a seamless transition into our BFA Acting program.

AA Acting Unit Requirements

Core 33 units
Major 15 units
Liberal Arts 18 units
TOTAL 66 units

AA Acting Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 2 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices course

Additional Information

AA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Acting

  • Deliver simple and truthful performances
  • Analyze plays and screenplays to identify key elements necessary to build an authentic performance
  • Behave truthfully under imagined circumstances, as defined by the script
  • Listen and respond to other actors reflexively and organically in the working environment
  • Create subtext and play a variety of actions based on text
  • Identify and develop verbal, emotional and physical actions

Movement

  • Make purposeful physical and movement choices to build a character

Vocal Production

  • Articulate and project appropriately for the performance medium

Improvisation

  • Exhibit flexibility in their acting choices and responses to acting partners

Professional Readiness

  • Demonstrate professionalism and a strong work ethic through effective preparation, punctuality, and reliability
  • Demonstrate a collaborative spirit and respect for others by making positive contributions to the creative process

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Classes

Not ready for a degree program? Explore our course catalog and take classes based around your interests and schedule in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.

Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the undergraduate degrees provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Acting. The general education program (Liberal Arts) supports major coursework by promoting the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Acting.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Associate of Arts (AA)

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