Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting endeavors to prepare students with foundational training and the education necessary for an acting career. This unique four-year program combines courses in stage acting with innovative training in devised work, film and television. Our professional faculty of working artists address past, present and anticipated trends in a professional actor’s career.

Curriculum, guest artist workshops and performance experiences reflect the uniqueness of The University of Texas at Austin by offering classes and practical experiences in department productions, collaborations with professional artists, workshops with visiting artists and the rich scholarly resources of a Tier One institution. The department produces an annual season of 6-8 main stage productions encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences that range from classical to contemporary plays, musical theatre, and original scripts. 

Attentive to acting for the camera, the B.F.A. in Acting collaborates with the Moody College of Communications’ Department of Radio-Television-Film. Upperclassmen have the option to participate in a Los Angeles residency as they prepare for working in the industry through the UT Semester in Los Angeles program.

*The B.F.A. in Acting is not open to transfer students. 

B.F.A. in Acting Course Overview

First Year

  • T D 313C Acting I: Approaches to incorporating Stanislavski-based principles in acting, including dramatic action, given circumstances, subtext, sense memory, the magic if, tempo/rhythm, etc.
  • T D 313F Voice & Movement I: Understanding the relationship between voice and body in acting; freeing tension, releasing vocal power, and enabling physical expression.
  • T D 313D Acting II: Continuation of Acting I. Application of Stanislavski-based principles to scene work selected from realistic genres.
  • T D 313G Voice & Movement II: Continuation of Voice & Movement I.  Deeper understanding of the vocal-physical connection as a means of playing dramatic action.  

Second Year

  • T D 313E Acting III: Continuation of Acting II with greater emphasis on personalization of character needs, given circumstances, actor-to-actor communication and emotional life.
  • T D 313K Voice Lab I: Advanced voice and speech work in breath, support, placement, focus, range, resonance, articulation and endurance. Emphasis placed on personalization of language and text from selected plays.
  • T D 313M Movement Lab I: Using the body as an instrument for playing action and bringing the actor to a deeper understanding of physical stage presence.
  • T D 323F Acting Shakespeare: Incorporating language as action by applying basic acting principles to the demands of Shakespearean text.
  • T D 313L Voice Lab II: Continuation of advanced voice and speech work connected to personalization and truth in speaking classical and heightened text.
  • T D 313N Movement Lab II: The practice of physical theatre disciplines as a means of deepening the actor’s understanding of character and behavior.

Third Year

  • T D 353C Devising Work: A course surveying contemporary devising techniques. Work explores present-day parallels for making performance for both individual and collaborative practices. This course will result in a presentation of work devised by the acting class.
  • T D 353T or 353K Acting Topics: Essential skills in relation to Acting in Period Plays. Tailored to respective class needs and may include Shakespeare—from rehearsal to production.
  • T D 323G Acting in Period Plays: Empowering the actor’s personal and artistic growth through the exploration of classical and idiosyncratic texts.

Fourth Year

  • T D 353D Acting for the Camera I: Fundamentals of acting for the camera; adjusting from the stage to the demands of the camera.
  • T D 353Q Portfolio Preparation: Selection and rehearsal of materials in preparation for professional acting interviews and auditions.

Students will also complete twelve (12) hours of approved concentration courses depending on interest. These may include industry internships, and/or study off campus and/or abroad. For example, Acting for the Camera II (T D 353E) is offered through the UT Semester in Los Angeles program and may count toward elective hours.