48 months
34424 USD/year
32528 USD/year
18178 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Acting programme at the University of Illinois at Chicago combines the conservatory-style study of acting with the study of dramatic texts in their theatrical and cultural contexts


The Acting programme at the University of Illinois at Chicago emphasize a balance between history, theory and practice, and integrate traditional performance theories and forms with contemporary interdisciplinary performance practices. With a commitment to ensemble-based learning, the program fosters student exploration from originating impulse or idea to realization in course work, performance, and production. All majors take courses in acting, voice, movement, directing, and/or playwriting, history, and design in order to develop a broad understanding of the field. BA in Theatre and Performance majors have the opportunity to take full advantage of a wide range of courses across the discipline. Likewise, BA in Theatre Design, Production, and Technology majors take courses across the discipline with a particular focus on theatre design or technology. BFA in Acting majors pursue a structured course of study that focuses on developing the actor for professional work and training.

All majors are required to actively participate in the department’s productions in conjunction with their ongoing class work. Majors participate in the UIC’s Mainstage Season performances and student-generated projects under the direction and coaching of the theatre faculty and guest artists, all of whom are highly regarded professional artists in their respective fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Acting: American Drama
  • Movement: Body/Self
  • Script Analysis for Theatrical Production
  • Acting: Adaptations
  • Voice: Voice
  • Advanced Acting: Shakespeare

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete and submit the Common Application Online along with the UIC section. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • Submit the $60 nonrefundable application fee or, if qualified, select an application waiver.
  • Current high school students must submit an official high school transcript using the Recommender process within the Common Application School Form.
  • Complete the American College Test (ACT) or the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-R). ACT and SAT test scores may be submitted electronically via the testing service or printed on official transcripts.
  • Graduated applicants who have never attended another college or university must submit an official transcript showing evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit an official transcript along with passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.
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      34424 USD/year
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      32528 USD/year
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      18178 USD/year
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    1297 - 2491 USD /month
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