B.F.A. in Acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting fosters the growth of the whole person through a sequence of courses that develop a solid foundation of acting skills. The B.F.A. in Acting is for students who are seeking rigorous preparation for graduate study or for entry-level opportunities in the acting profession. Students may be asked to repeat courses or to take acting elective course before advancing to the next level. All courses within the B.F.A. in Acting require a grade of 3.00 or higher.

NOTE: An Audition/Interview is required for entry into the B.F.A. in Acting. 

Students in the B.F.A. in Acting must complete:

  • 58 units in theatre (at least 18 units at the 300-400 level)

  • 28 units of courses required of all majors

  • 30 required units in Acting

Majors should work with a faculty adviser to select courses in their focus of study. All students must attain a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in courses applied to the major. All courses within the B.F.A. in Acting require a grade of 3.00 or higher. The Pass grading option is not available for courses applied to the major. Students are expected to take lower-division prerequisites before attempting the required upper-division electives.

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY

Transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 20 units of theatre courses at Towson University, with at least 12 units at the upper (300–400) level. Majors need a total of 18 upper-level theatre units, including transfer courses.

Transfer students who minor in Theatre must complete at least 12 units of theatre courses at Towson University, with at least 6 at the upper level. Minors need a total of 12 upper-level theatre units, including transfer courses.

Applicability of transfer work is determined by the department chair. Prospective transfer students should schedule an appointment with the chair at their earliest opportunity.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN ACTING 

Required Courses
THEA 125SCRIPT ANALYSIS3
THEA 142INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN3
THEA 211HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA I3
THEA 212HISTORY OF THEATRE & DRAMA II3
THEA 213HISTORY OF THEATRE AND DRAMA III3
Select one of the following:3
SCENIC DESIGN I
COSTUME DESIGN I
LIGHTING DESIGN I
THEA 331DIRECTING I3
THEA 499SPECIAL PROJECT IN THEATRE RESEARCH3
Required Theatre Production Courses
THEA 492THEATRE PRODUCTION: ACTING1
THEA 497THEATRE PRODUCTION: RUNNING CREW1
Select two of the following:2
THEATRE PRODUCTION: SCENIC ELEMENTS
THEATRE PRODUCTION: LIGHTING AND SOUND
THEATRE PRODUCTION: COSTUME
THEATRE PRODUCTION: ADMINISTRATION
Required Acting Courses
THEA 105MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR I3
THEA 110ACTING I FOR BFA3
THEA 111VOICE FOR THE ACTOR I3
THEA 202ACTING II3
THEA 302INTERMEDIATE SCENE STUDY3
THEA 312SHAKESPEARE3
THEA 322VOICE FOR THE ACTOR II3
THEA 335MOVEMENT FOR THE ACTOR II3
THEA 345SPEECH AND DIALECT FOR THE THEATRE3
THEA 489SENIOR ACTING SEMINAR3
Select one of the following: 13
TECHNIQUES OF COMEDY
VOICE AND MOVEMENT INTERGRATION
ACTING III
ADVANCED SCENE STUDY
ENSEMBLE THEATRE LABORATORY
ADVANCED STUDY IN ACTING STYLE
1

300- or 400-level performance elective which teaches physical, vocal or interpretive skills intended to hone, deepen or expand an actor’s performance. These courses may be chosen from the list below, from other theatre courses or other university courses selected in consultation with their adviser.

NOTE: Only those electives in which a grade of 3.00 or higher is achieved may count toward this requirement.

Credit for Performance

Students cast in theatre productions sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts may earn up to 3 units per show by enrolling in THEA 490. The number of units allowed per role is determined by the director of the production. Eligible productions are determined by the department. Students may earn a maximum of 9 units of THEA 490.

#1 Demonstrate ability to use appropriate information technology in historical and cultural research, and professional development.
#2 Demonstrate ability to project one's self believably in word and action into imaginary circumstances evoked through improvisation or text for an audience.
#3 Demonstrate developed technique for analyzing the specific tasks required in performing varied characters from written plays or devised work.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 1103THEA 1053
THEA 1253THEA 1113
THEA 1423THEA 211, 212, or 2133
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 201, 253, or 255 (or Core)3THEA 201, 253, or 255 (or Core)3
THEA 2023THEA 211, 212, or 2133
THEA 211, 212, or 2133THEA 3193
THEA 4921THEA 4971
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 3223THEA 3023
THEA 331 (or Core)3THEA 331 (or Core)3
THEA 3353THEA 4xx::Production Crew (Elective)1
THEA 4xx::Production Crew (Elective)1Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
THEA 3xx/4xx:: Performance Elective3THEA 4893
Core3THEA 4993
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 Core3
 12 15
Total Units 121