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Acting, BFA

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:


  • Deliver cohesive performances that demonstrate technical proficiency in acting
  • Deliver performance on an appropriate scale for both theater and film
  • Analyze and act on the key story and character elements of each script in order to build a fully-realized performance
  • Behave truthfully under imagined circumstances, as defined by the script
  • Listen and respond to other actors reflexively and organically in the working environment
  • Effectively convey the subtext of a scene
  • Play a variety of actions in pursuit of an objective
  • Exhibit flexibility and range as an actor, including the ability to adjust and improve their performance based on the notes they are given.


  • Make effective physical choices for each role, activating the entire body as an expressive instrument

Vocal Production

  • Project appropriately for the performance medium
  • Clearly enunciate their lines for clear communication


  • Spontaneously develop a character, story or situation through improvisation

Professional Readiness

  • Assemble a resume, headshot and/or reel suitable for seeking opportunities within the acting profession
  • Demonstrate professionalism and a strong work ethic through effective preparation, punctuality, and reliability
  • Demonstrate collaborative skills required by the professional work environment and make positive contributions to the creative process

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  • Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  • Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  • Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  • Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  • Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  • Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

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

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:
    • Respect for Acting
    • Speech 1: Building the Voice
    • Improvisation 1
    • Movement: Physical Acting
    • Acting 1
    • Singing 1: Vocal Technique
    • Speech 2: The Power of Voice
    • Improvisation 2
    • Composition for the Artist
    • Seminar in the Arts

    English Language Requirements

    You need the following IELTS score:

    • 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

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 2

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    • Application form or online application
    • $50 application fee
    • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college/university showing completion of an undergraduate degree
    • One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department
    • Resume: Describe your educational and professional experience
    • Portfolio/Demo reel: A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required.
    • Additional materials may be required.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      26147 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 26147 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      26147 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 26147 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
      Living Costs

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