Department of Performing Arts
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About the Program
Collaboration, versatility, and presence are the hallmarks of Emerson College’s BFA in Acting.
Your journey begins as a BFA Theatre & Performance student, moving through our two-year Actor Training Core, a progression of classes designed to cultivate your imagination, develop your discipline, and promote truthful emotional availability. All performance majors at Emerson College begin in this way, training together to understand themselves in the work, exploring their place in the theatre. After completing the Actor Training Core you’ll have options: you can continue in the BFA Theatre & Performance program, or, should you find your interests becoming more singularly focused, you can audition for our BFA in Acting. If accepted, you would spend your Junior and Senior years in 14 hours a week of structured training, expanding on the foundational work of the Actor Training Core. The BFA in Acting is intensive, designed to help you develop a clear process that will sustain your professional work. The program, therefore, is intended for students who find themselves craving more trust, connection, and exploration through ensemble work and a strong individual focus on the craft itself.
|BFA Acting (detailed below)||72|
|General Education Requirements||56|
Compare the requirements of this program to other Emerson BFA degrees in Performing Arts.
To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalogue.
Because an intensive residency is essential to the success of the Studio, Acting students are not eligible to participate in the Los Angeles Program during the academic year. However, BFA students may use elective credits to participate in the L.A. summer program. Students who have matriculated for the Academic Year 2015 - 2016 or prior may read the BA/BFA ACTING PROGRAMS HANDBOOK for more details about the program.
|1st||PA101||Languages of the Stage||4|
|1st||TH149||Emerson Stage Production Crew||0|
|2nd||TH215||World Drama in its Context I||4|
|2nd||TH216||World Drama in its Context II||4|
|3rd-4th||TH||Advanced Drama Studies||4|
|Total Department of Performing Arts Core||20|
|1st||TH123||Acting I: Movement||4|
|1st||TH124||Acting II: Voice and Text||4|
|2nd||TH221||Scene Study I||4|
|2nd||TH222||Scene Study II||4|
|Total Actor Training Core||20|
BFA Acting Advanced (by audition during 2nd year)
|3rd||TH325||BFA Acting Studio I||8|
|3rd||TH326||BFA Acting Studio II||8|
|4th||TH425||BFA Acting Studio III||8|
|4th||TH426||BFA Acting Studio IV||8|
|Total BFA Acting Advanced||32|
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Polly Carl, creative director of ArtsEmerson and director of Office of the Arts and HowlRound, was named "Person of the Year" by the National Theatre Conference. Carl also teaches in the Performing Arts department.
Andrea Ríos, a graduate student in Theatre Education, recently won Best International Documentary at the Girona Film Festival in Cataluna, Spain for her film Aleks.
Kevin Dwyer, '13 visits Boston as ASM on Book of Mormon National Tour.
Dwyer credits networking and mentorship of Emerson faculty with helping him land national tour of Tony-winning show.
Assistant Professor Christina Marin recieves service learning innovation grant
to support collaboration between Emerson's Theatre Education graduate program and ¡ACCIÓN! Community Theater (ACT) in Hyde Square.