2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Acting, BFA

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Katherine McGerr, Program Coordinator
820 East Genesee Street


Christine Albright-Tufts, Alec Barbour, Kathleen Baum, Bradley Beckman, Danyon Davis, Kathryn Fathers, Robert Hupp, Nicholas Kowerko, Celia Madeoy, Zizi Majid, Thomas Miller, Kathryn Miranda, Katherine McGerr, Leslie Noble, Ricky Pak, Whitney Pak, Hanni Schwarzlander, Blake Segal, Holly Thuma, Joseph Whelan, Matthew Winning, Ralph Zito

Program Description

The BFA program in acting takes full advantage of the resources provided by Drama Department faculty, the University, and the Department’s relationship with Syracuse Stage in order to provide emerging professional theater artists with rigorous training in performance technique, text analysis, voice, speech and actor movement. Students are immediately immersed in a program of pre-professional study in their first year, devoting as many as 18 hours of class time per week to various theater arts. Students who are interested in directing, playwriting, film or new media may choose additional courses in these areas under drama elective requirements. 

Although first-year students are not permitted to perform on stage for the public, they work on productions behind the scenes in a wide variety of jobs, ranging from run crews to front of house. From the second year on, students may audition for roles in: faculty-directed productions and scenes and plays directed by students; films produced by undergraduate and graduate film students; and productions outside the department, including Syracuse Stage productions in appropriate roles or as understudies where union rules permit the use of non-Equity actors. Equity points may be earned through work with Syracuse Stage.




Student Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze a wide range of dramatic materials for the purpose of making informed choices in rehearsal about the character, story, and interpretation
2. Demonstrate the ability to listen, follow an impulse, and respond truthfully to a scene partner while making active choices under a specific set of circumstances
3. Demonstrate the physical expression appropriate to the given form and imaginary circumstances in at least three (3) different genres of dramatic material
4. Demonstrate healthy and expressive vocal use in a range of diverse dramatic material
5. Creatively synthesize the use of the body, voice, text and emotional truth in performance
6. Demonstrate the ability to participate in collaborative artistic endeavors to a professional standard

Program Requirements

Theatre Laboratory: 0 credits

Academic Electives: 23 credits

Academic electives are courses that involve critical thinking and theoretical understanding as opposed to practical application, mostly in the Liberal Arts. These academic courses usually have non-art-related content, such as math, natural sciences, astronomy, global history, political science, psychology, entrepreneurship, and languages, among others. You can find a comprehensive list of approved academic electives here. A maximum of 9 credits out of 23 can be from the department of drama.

Drama Electives: 18 credits

Drama electives (also known as drama support) are courses that are not required specifically for the student’s program of study, but which are meant to enhance their understanding of their major field or their overall undergraduate experience.

NOTE: Students may only receive credit for a combined total of 12 credits from Independent Study or Experience Credit courses.

Total Credits Required: 124

Degree Awarded: BFA in Acting

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