Department of Performing Arts

Acting (BFA)

Landry Allbright uses acting to communicate

BFA Acting student Landry Alllbright talks about how Emerson College is a safe place to make mistakes. (Filmed and edited by Emerson College students.)

As an Acting major, you will move through a four-year sequence of progressively intensive training. During your third and fourth years, 75 percent of your work will be in the program itself. Retention in the program must be earned by commitment, personal growth, and a faculty evaluation through a re-evaluation process four times during freshman and sophomore years.

Because an intensive residency is essential to the success of the Studio, BFA 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.

Please read the BA/BFA ACTING PROGRAMS HANDBOOK for more details about the program.

Program Requirements

BFA Acting (detailed below) 72
Electives 0
General Education Requirements 56
Total credits for BFA Acting 128

Department of Performing Arts Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st PA101 Languages of the Stage 4
1st TH141-8 Stagecraft Laboratories 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 Performing Arts Core 20

Actor Training Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH123 Acting I: Movement 4
1st TH124 Acting II: Voice and Text 4
1st TH130 Improvisation 2
1st TH131 Acting Fundamentals 2
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)

Year Number Course Credits
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

Constitution Day

Acting Civically

Each year on September 17, Performing Arts students at Emerson pay tribute to Constitution Day by performing a reading from the U.S. Constitution.

Listen to an excerpt here »