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Acting, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Boston, MA, United States
The Acting program of Emerson College is an audition-only program for Theatre and Performance majors who decide, after their first two years at Emerson, that they crave a more singular focus on the craft of acting.
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About the Program

We believe that acting is as much about honestly seeing yourself as it is about putting yourself in the shoes of another. That’s why the journey to an Acting (BFA) at Emerson is so personal and collaborative. In your first two years as a Theatre and Performance major in the Actor Training Core, you will practice, study, move, read, laugh, cry—even breathe—as a team with your classmates. You will challenge and support one another as do members of a close-knit theater company.

Through a curated progression of classes, you will cultivate essential skills—equipping you with the building blocks for performing with confidence on stage or in front of a camera.

From here, if you decide the Acting program of Emerson College is for you, then you must audition for the program. If accepted, your academic focus shifts to your individual abilities and aspirations. You will spend your last two years in 14 hours a week of intense training, energizing your talent and building on your foundation in a trusting environment where it’s always okay to take risks.

No one said the life of an aspiring actor is easy. But at Emerson you will develop a clear process that sustains your professional work. You will gain the skills and confidence to become a true player once you walk through our doors, step in front of an audience, and take your place on the stage of life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered:
  • Movement and Voice
  • Improvisation
  • Acting Fundamentals
  • Scene Study
  • Languages of the Stage
  • Stagecraft Laboratories

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years.
  • A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official, and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school.
  • The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report.
  • A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject.
  • We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available.
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • SAT or ACT Scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    50240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25120 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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