About the Program

The BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen is the Theater Arts degree for those who wish to act professionally. The rigorous training prepares students for work in theater, film, and television. Students must audition to be admitted to the BFA. View more information on the audition process and criteria for selection.

Why This Major Is Relevant

BFA students train for acting careers in theater and film and television. The Motion Picture Association of America reports that consumers are spending more on entertainment each year, and in 2007 the film industry grossed an unprecedented $26.7 billion worldwide. More than half of that gross is earned overseas, a fact that underlines Hollywood’s global impact. Studying less than 30 miles from the heart of Hollywood, APU’s BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen students are uniquely positioned to perform in this influential screen and theater industry.

Gain In-depth Learning Experiences

Over the course of their studies, acting students practice their craft in one or more of the four main stage productions each year, working with professional theater directors. They also hone their skills for acting for the stage in the 24-Hour Play Festival, the Fringe Festival, and student-led productions. Senior acting students perform in a series of webisodes, benefiting from working with a professional film/television director. These webisodes provide students with practical work in acting on camera and ensure that they leave the BFA program with relevent experience, SAG Eligibility, and professional contacts in the field. As a culmination of their studies, BFA Acting students participate in an Industry Showcase for agents and casting directors in Los Angeles.

BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen Learning Outcomes

  • Artistry – Integrate the technique and skills needed to become a transformational artist; acquire a creative and critical voice.
  • Knowledge/Analysis – Learn to describe the development of theater as an art form and the role it has played historically and in contemporary culture; apply analytical approaches to drama.
  • Professional Development – Prepare for professional protocol and understanding of current styles.
  • Spiritual/Faith – Identify the contribution and impact of Christian faith and practice in the arts.
Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.