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Acting, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Chicago, IL, United States
Become the role. Along with opportunities to perform in main stage and black box productions, acting majors intern at some of Chicago's most prestigious theatres including the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre. Learn from incredible faculty and live in the heart of downtown Chicago! The Acting bachelor program is offered at the Roosevelt University.



The BFA in Acting offered at the Roosevelt University is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as an actor on stage, and in film and television. The acting program provides students with intensive training in several techniques including Stanislavski-based work, Viewpoints, period styles, on-camera technique, circus arts, stage combat, and Linklater voice and body technique. Acting majors also receive training in dance and voice lessons as part of their curriculum. 

Along with opportunities to perform in mainstage and blackbox productions, acting majors also have the opportunity to intern at some of Chicago’s most prestigious theatres including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theater Company and Goodman Theatre, and dozens of smaller Chicago theatres.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Performance Attendance
  • Beginning Voice
  • Introduction to Professional Theatre
  • Script Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Acting

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Audition requirements

  • ACTING (10 min): Two contrasting monologues from contemporary play (one comedic, one dramatic). Each monologue should be no longer than two minutes. Characters should be close to your age. Monologues should be performed from memory.
  • NOTE: BFA Acting does not require a pre-screen. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39160 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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