The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance curriculum is designed to prepare thinking performers for careers in theatre. Based in a top-tier university setting requiring academic mastery of a broad range of requirements, the audition-based acting and musical theatre curricula follow a conservatory approach to creating the performing artist, combining classroom training with rehearsal and performance in varying productions to develop the ability to perform in a range of roles and genres. The result of this combined education is the thinking performer.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts curricula are intended for students who plan to enter professional careers, allied fields, or graduate study. In addition to a liberal arts background, the BFA Degree prepares the aspiring professional in an area of emphasis through classroom, laboratory, studio, and performance course of study.
The BFA in acting is designed to develop the highest possible level of performance as an actor. The program develops basic through advanced, theatrical movement and vocal skills, including stage combat, voice, makeup, movement, and period styles, as appropriate for undergraduate study. Opportunities for performance in workshop and mainstage productions are presented in a variety of formal and informal settings. Students also develop repertory and techniques for auditions.
The MFA in Acting degree challenges and focuses the advanced artist-scholar through rigorous professionally-oriented exploration in the classroom, laboratory, studio, and in public performance. It requires full-time intensive and extensive sequential study, preparing students for professional practice as actors in theatre, film, and television. This program (typically completed in three years) includes 60 credits of course work, end-of-semester jury evaluations with an active nationally and internationally recognized faculty, a culminating performance project in the final year, and completion of an off-campus professional internship, as well as guest-artist workshops and residencies, an industry showcase, and opportunities at The Hippodrome, Gainesville’s resident Equity theatre.
In a climate of diversity, discovery and risk, the program challenges students to assimilate and communicate the creative process of the actor. Using traditional and innovative acting techniques and mastery of body and voice in practice, students develop a unique personal artistic aesthetic. This, combined with an awareness of current performance trends and professional standards, equips students to meet the demands placed on the 21st-century actor—to join the growing list of UF graduates working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in national tours, at regional theatres, in television, film, and other digital media, as well as commercials and voice-overs.
Current Curriculum Summary:
Auditions and interviews are required of all applicants requesting graduate admission into the MFA in Theatre (Acting) program. Faculty auditions and interviews prospective students at the National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUA/Is) of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). Recruitment follows protocols mandated by U/RTA. Admission to the program is based on artistry and scholarship.
Upon invitation from UF School of Theatre and Dance and before admission, students must provide a written statement of purpose, an academic writing sample, three (3) letters of recommendation, official transcript from undergraduate degree-granting institution, and GPA for upper-division courses (calculated by means determined by the Graduate School.)