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 Course Requirements84
Electives11-12
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshman only) a1
Total Hours120

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

BFA Course Requirements

Required Courses
THTR 101Theatre History I: Premodern Drama a3
THTR 111Movement I: Body/Self3
THTR 121Introduction to Acting I3
THTR 122Acting II: Adaptations3
THTR 162Voice I: Voice3
THTR 201Theatre History II: Modern Theatre b3
THTR 211Movement II: Body/Space3
THTR 212Movement III: Somatics3
THTR 221Advanced Acting: American Drama3
THTR 222Advanced Acting: Chekhov3
THTR 230Script Analysis for Theatrical Production3
THTR 261Voice II: Speech3
THTR 264Voice III: Advanced Voice and Speech3
THTR 280Practicum in Performance3
THTR 311Movement IV: Style3
THTR 312Movement V: Character3
THTR 321Advanced Acting: Shakespeare3
THTR 322Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter3
THTR 361Voice IV: Text Styles3
THTR 362Voice V: Dialects3
THTR 413Movement VI: Movement Lab3
THTR 421Advanced Acting: Ensemble3
THTR 422Advanced Acting: Audition3
THTR 461Voice VI: Voice Lab3
Select one of the following design, production, and technology sequences:6
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
Costume Technology I: Introduction to Costume Technology
Lighting Technology I: An Introduction to Lighting Tech
Scenic Technology I: An Introduction to Stagecraft for the Theatre
OR
Fundamentals of Theatre Design
Lighting Design I: An Introduction to Lighting Design
Costume Design I
Sound Design: An Introduction to Sound Design for Theatre
Scenic Design I
Makeup Design
OR
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
Fundamentals of Theatre Design
Select two of the following:6
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance
Stage Direction
Playwriting
Contemporary Performance Techniques
Total Hours84

Electives

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

UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar

Required Course
DLG 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar1
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 Theatre History I: Premodern Drama 3
THTR 111 Movement I: Body/Self 3
THTR 121 Introduction to Acting I 3
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education Core course a 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 150
Fundamental of Theatre Technology
or Fundamentals of Theatre Design
3
THTR 122 Acting II: Adaptations 3
THTR 162 Voice I: Voice 3
THTR 230 Script Analysis for Theatrical Production 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education Core course 3
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar (Required of new freshmen only) 1
 Hours18-19
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 222 Advanced Acting: Chekhov 3
THTR 264 Voice III: Advanced Voice and Speech 3
Elective 3
Second course in students’ selected design, production, and technology sequence 3
 Hours15
Junior Year
Fall Semester
THTR 201 Theatre History II: Modern Theatre 3
THTR 311 Movement IV: Style 3
THTR 321 Advanced Acting: Shakespeare 3
THTR 361 Voice IV: Text Styles 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 322 Advanced Acting: Brecht, Beckett, Pinter 3
THTR 362 Voice V: Dialects 3
THTR 312 Movement V: Character 3
Select one of the following: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Stage Direction  
Playwriting  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
General Education Core course 3
 Hours15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
THTR 280 Practicum in Performance b 3
THTR 413 Movement VI: Movement Lab 3
THTR 421 Advanced Acting: Ensemble 3
THTR 461 Voice VI: Voice Lab 3
THTR 435 Contemporary Performance Techniques 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
THTR 422 Advanced Acting: Audition 3
Select one of the following: 3
Page to Stage: Adaptation of Text for Theatrical Performance  
Stage Direction  
Playwriting  
Contemporary Performance Techniques  
Electives 6
 Hours12
 Total Hours120