BFA in Acting

Degree Requirements

The BFA in Acting combines the conservatory-style study of acting with the study of dramatic texts in their theatrical and cultural contexts. To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and school degree requirements. The School of Theatre & Music degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General Education Requirements24
BFA Major Course Requirements84
Electives11-12
CC 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) a1
Total Hours120
a

New freshmen are required to complete CC 120 for 1 hour. New freshmen complete 11 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting. All other students complete 12 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting.

General Education Requirements

Required Courses a
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course b3
Analyzing the Natural World course b3-5
Understanding the Individual and Society course b3
Understanding U.S. Society course b3
Additional General Education Core courses from any category b4-6
Total Hours24
a

The Understanding the Past and Understanding the Creative Arts General Education requirements are met by courses within the major.

b

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

BFA Major Course Requirements

Required Courses
THTR 101Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama a3
THTR 122Acting II: Adaptations3
THTR 161Introduction to Acting I3
THTR 209Modern Drama b3
THTR 210Movement I: Body/Self3
THTR 211Movement II: Body/Space3
THTR 212Movement III: Somatics3
THTR 221Advanced Acting: American Drama3
THTR 222Advanced Acting: Chekhov3
THTR 260Voice I: Voice3
THTR 261Voice II: Speech3
THTR 264Voice III: Advanced Voice and Speech3
THTR 280Practicum in Performance3
THTR 311Movement IV: Style3
THTR 312Movement V: Character3
THTR 361Voice IV: Text Styles3
THTR 413Movement VI: Movement Lab3
THTR 452Advanced Acting: Shakespeare3
THTR 459Advanced Acting: Ensemble3
THTR 461Voice VI: Voice Lab3
THTR 467Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter3
THTR 475Advanced Acting: Audition3
THTR 478Voice V: Dialects3
Select one of the following sequences:6
Technical Theatre
Scenic Design I
OR
Fundamentals in Costume Construction
Costume Design I
Select one of the following:3
Scenic Design II
Lighting Design
Costume Design II
Makeup Design
Select two of the following:6
Playwriting
Stage Direction
Contemporary Performance Techniques
Investigative Collaboration
Total Hours84
a

This course is approved for the Understanding the Past General Education category or the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

Electives

Electives
Electives to reach total hours a11-12
Total Hours11-12
a

New freshmen are required to complete CC 120 for one hour. New freshmen complete 11 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting. All other students complete 12 hours of electives for the BFA in Acting.

UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar

Required Course
CC 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only)1
Total Hours1

Sample Course Schedule

Semesters in which required courses are offered may vary from those listed below.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
THTR 101 Introduction to Theatre History I: Premodern Drama 3
THTR 161 Introduction to Acting I 3
THTR 210 Movement I: Body/Self 3
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course a 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 150
Technical Theatre
or Fundamentals in Costume Construction
3
THTR 122 Acting II: Adaptations 3
THTR 260 Voice I: Voice 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course 3
CC 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) 1
 Hours15-16
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
THTR 221 Advanced Acting: American Drama 3
THTR 261 Voice II: Speech 3
THTR 211 Movement II: Body/Space 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 212 Movement III: Somatics 3
THTR 250
Scenic Design I
or Costume Design I
3
THTR 222 Advanced Acting: Chekhov 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Junior Year
Fall Semester
THTR 209 Modern Drama 3
THTR 264 Voice III: Advanced Voice and Speech 3
THTR 452 Advanced Acting: Shakespeare 3
General Education Core course 3
Select one of the following: 3
Scenic Design II  
Lighting Design  
Costume Design II  
Makeup Design  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 311 Movement IV: Style 3
THTR 467 Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter 3
Select one of the following: 3
Playwriting  
Investigative Collaboration  
General Education Core course 3
THTR 361 Voice IV: Text Styles 3
 Hours15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
THTR 280 Practicum in Performance b 3
THTR 459 Advanced Acting: Ensemble 3
THTR 478 Voice V: Dialects 3
THTR 312 Movement V: Character 3
Select one of the following: 3
Stage Direction  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 475 Advanced Acting: Audition 3
THTR 413 Movement VI: Movement Lab 3
THTR 461 Voice VI: Voice Lab 3
General Education Core course 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

General Education Core courses can be taken in any semester. Some science courses carry more than three credit hours; thus, the total credit hours for a semester may be between 15 and 17.

b

THTR 280 requires permission of instructor to register. This is given for semesters when student is cast in a mainstage production.