Apply to the BFA in Acting at The University of Texas at Austin

B.F.A. in Acting



The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting seeks to prepare students with fundamental 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 six to eight 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 program admits incoming freshman only.

Application Procedures

1. Submit the ApplyTexas Application or Common App Application

Available: August 1, 2023
Deadline: December 1, 2023

All applicants must submit a freshman university application via ApplyTexas or Common App. This university application will include:

  • Application
  • Fee
  • Essay
  • Short answers
  • Transcript(s)
  • Other required optional materials, if applicable
  • Scholarship interest form

For a full list of application requirements, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

2. Submit Theatre and Dance Application Requirements

Available: September 1, 2023
Deadline: December 8, 2023

The portal to submit a Theatre and Dance application will be accessible via the applicant’s MyStatus portal.


ApplyTexas or Common App application for admittance in Fall 2024 opens. August 1, 2023
Department of Theatre and Dance application opens. September 1, 2023
ApplyTexas or Common App application deadline. December 1, 2023
Deadline for students to submit all additional application items, including Theatre and Dance application. December 8, 2023

Audition Requirements

  • All applicants will submit a video prescreen audition. Select applicants may be invited to attend an in-person or virtual callback audition
  • Applicants should prepare a slate, a contemporary monologue and a scene. Each video will be approximately one-minute in length.
  • Applicants will also be asked to upload a headshot and artistic resume.
    • NOTE: headshot does not have to be a professional headshot. It can be a clear image taken on your mobile device.

Break a leg!

Sample Curriculum


Acting I & II

Voice and Movement I & II

Production Lab

Public Practice

Technical Theatre

Acting III

Voice Lab I & II

Movement Lab I & II

Theatre History I & II

Acting Shakespeare

Creating New Media

Voiceover & Narration

Advanced Techniques

Advanced Production Lab


Acting for the Camera I & II

Portfolio Preparation

Business of Acting

Application for Rehearsal

Foundations for Acting

The schedule and availability of Theatre and Dance courses changes each semester. The courses listed above are examples for this focus. Students must also fulfill The University of Texas at Austin’s core curriculum, department core and elective requirements.

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