School of Acting BFA

Acting (BFA)

Grow your acting skills in a training program focused on preparing you for the film and television industry. In Academy of Art University’s BFA Acting program, you will develop a professional demo reel showcasing your ability to create engaging characters on film. Learn to act from a place of authenticity in our series of Meisner classes, deepen your sense of play through improvisation, expand your physical and vocal choices through a progression of Alexander Technique for Camera and Voice and Speech classes. Go in depth in our script analysis and rehearsal techniques classes. Use your electives to study Stunts & Fights, Character Voices for Games, Animation & Cartoons, Accents & Dialects, or Comedy for Social Media. You will graduate with plenty of practice in professional audition technique and a reel of work that showcases your talents.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

This program is only available onsite.

Core Classes

ACT 101 Respect for Acting Core/3
ACT 105 Meisner 1 Core/3
ACT 112 Voice and Speech 1 Core/3
ACT 123 Improvisation 1 Core/3
ACT 125 Acting in Action Core/3
ACT 141 Movement: Physical Acting Core/3
ACT 155 Meisner 2 Core/3
ACT 181 Alexander Technique 1 Core/3
ACT 212 Voice and Speech 2 Core/3
WRI 188 Characters and Backstory Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 36
Major 33
Electives 9
Liberal Arts 42
Total 120

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    2 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:


  • Behave truthfully under imagined circumstances, as defined by the script
  • Listen and respond to other actors reflexively and organically in the working environment
  • Play a variety of actions in pursuit of an objective


  • Make effective physical choices for each role

Voice & Speech

  • Use language in pursuit of an objective

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a resume, headshot, website, and reel suitable for seeking opportunities within the acting profession

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.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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