College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Theatre Arts

BFA in Acting

  • Information on the Acting Track BA/BS program which is applicable to students who enrolled in the Acting Track prior to the Fall 2013 semester and have elected not to switch to the 2013-2014 catalog.

The BFA in Acting is for students who are seeking rigorous preparation for graduate study or for entry-level opportunities in the acting profession. An Audition/Interview is required for entry into the Acting program.

• BFA in Acting Audition Information

The Towson University Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting fosters the growth of the whole person through a developmental sequence of courses that provides a solid foundation of acting skills. The BFA in Acting is for students who are seeking rigorous preparation for entry-level opportunities in the acting profession or for graduate study. Professional training includes courses in acting, voice, movement, and scene study. BFA students will also have the opportunity to study other areas of theatre such as playwriting, dramaturgy and directing. Lighting, sound, scenic and costume design, and technical direction will serve to round out their training in theatre. Students have the opportunity to apply their developing skills through public performances in fully-produced plays, student projects, new plays in development, and devised works. No student is guaranteed advancement or completion of the BFA in Acting. Students must have the permission of their acting instructors at each level before advancing to the next level. Students may be asked to repeat courses or to take acting elective courses before advancing to the next level. All courses within the BFA in Acting require a grade of 3.00 or higher.

The BFA in Acting goes beyond the minimum requirements for a general degree. Students may switch between programs of study at any time during their course of study but should check with an adviser to see if it will prolong their studies.

Transfer students who intend to pursue the BFA in Acting must present a placement audition for the faculty. This audition will determine the student's placement in the sequence of performance classes. Students must have their transcripts evaluated by the Department of Theatre Arts chairperson and an agreement will be placed in the student files with the resulting waivers of courses taken previous to Towson. They will then begin in the Acting sequence where advised by the Coordinator of the BFA in Acting.

The performance-based electives are courses at both lower and upper levels that are not a formal part of the BFA in Acting, and include department specialties. Performance-based electives are open to all Theatre Arts majors who have the appropriate prerequisites for a given class.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the required courses for the BFA in Acting, all students must complete the Department of Theatre Arts Core Courses (28 units).

Required Courses for BFA in Acting (30 units)

THEA 105 Movement for the Actor (3)
THEA 110 Acting I for Acting Track (3)
THEA 111 Voice for the Actor I (3)
THEA 202 Acting II (3)
THEA 302 Intermediate Scene Study (3)
THEA 319 Studio-to-Stage (3)
THEA 322 Voice for the Actor II (3)
THEA 335 Movement for the Actor II (3)
THEA 489 Senior Acting Seminar (3)
One Performance Elective (3) - 300 or 400 level performance elective which teaches physical, vocal or interpretive skills intended to hone, deepen or expand an actor’s performance. These courses may be chosen from the list below or from other theatre course or other university courses selected in consultation with their advisor. NOTE: only those electives in which a grade of 3.00 or higher is achieved may count toward this requirement.


THEA 301 Techniques of Comedy (3)
THEA 308 Voice and Movement Integration (3)
THEA 309 Acting III (6)
THEA 312 Shakespeare (3)
THEA 315 Advanced Scene Study (3)
THEA 317 Ensemble Theatre Laboratory (3)
THEA 425 Advanced Study in Acting Style (1-9)

Required Crew/Theatre Production Courses:

THEA 492 Acting Crew (1)
THEA 497 Running Crew (1)
and two from the following list:
THEA 494 Theatre Production: Scene Crew (1)
THEA 495 Theatre Production: Lighting, Sound (1)
THEA 496 Theatre Production: Costume (1)
THEA 498 Theatre Production: Administration (1)

Credit for Performance

Students cast in Department of Theatre Arts Mainstage productions may earn up to 3 units per show by enrolling in THEA 490 Performance Practicum. The number of units allowed per role is determined by the director of the production. Eligible productions are determined by the department. Students may earn a maximum of 9 units of THEA 490.

Department of Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3037 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2792
Fax: 410-704-3914



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