• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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 during the Acting programme offered by Roosevelt University.


The BFA in Acting 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 programme offered by Roosevelt University 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 Structure

Courses included:

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

      English Language Requirements

      You only need to take one of these language tests:

      • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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        The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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      • 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.

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      Academic Requirements

      • All theatre applicants must audition in person; video auditions are not admissible.
      • Complete the online application.
      • Self-report cumulative high school GPA and SAT/ACT test scores. Note, official transcripts and test scores are only required upon the request of Roosevelt University.
      • Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
      • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.
      • Though not initially required, a personal statement, essay, letters of recommendation, and/or official transcripts may be requested after initial review of your application.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        37836 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 37836 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
      • National

        37836 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 37836 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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      Living costs for Chicago

      • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
        Living Costs

      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


      Check the programme website for information about funding options.

      Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

      The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

      Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.