Acting

BFA in Acting

The acting program prepares talented and committed students for careers in the professional world of theatre and the related media of film and television. The program curriculum stresses the development of imagination, intellect, physical and vocal skills, technique, and professional behavior. This allows students to create a wide range of roles in performances of varying styles.

During each year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, courses in acting, movement, voice and speech, and dramatic literature follow a carefully integrated sequence of class exercises and related public performance. The committed students who pursue an acting degree at Boston University discover who they are, what they do well, and what they are capable of doing. They learn to be believable actors and to work productively under the stress of the theatrical profession and, most importantly, they learn to integrate performance skills with personal sensibility.

Liberal Arts Distribution Guidelines

BFA programs require 28 credits (or seven courses) of liberal arts courses to complete the course of study for graduation. Please see the Freshman Core section for complete distribution guidelines.

Program of Study

Acting (minimum of 128 credits)

Second Year 1st 2nd
Alexander Technique 2 1 1
Dramatic Lit 1850–1950 3 -
Dramatic Lit 1950–1990 - 3
Voice and Speech 2 2 2
Acting 2 3 3
Movement 2 2 2
Stagecraft 1 -
Rehearsal and Performance 1 - 2
Liberal arts elective 4 4
Performance elective - -
Matinee 0 0
Total 16 17
Third Year
Alexander Technique 3 1 -
Voice and Speech 3 2 -
Acting 3 2 -
Movement 3 2 -
Rehearsal and Performance 2 2 -
Classical Drama Lit 4 -
Liberal arts elective 4 -
Performance elective - -
Study Abroad Program - 16
Matinee 0 -
Total 17 16
Fourth Year
Voice and Speech 4 2 2
Acting 4 2 3
Movement 4 1 1
Alexander Technique 4 1 1
Rehearsal and Performance 3/4 2 1
Understanding the Camera 2 -
Film/TV Lab 2 2
Senior Thesis - 2
Matinee 0 0
Performance elective - -
Liberal arts elective 4 -
Total 16 12