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Emphasis - Acting for Stage and Screen

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts


The B.F.A. major in theatre arts is intended for individuals who seek a professional career in theatre or who wish preparation for graduate work in the discipline. The B.F.A. must be completed with an emphasis in either acting, design/technology, or musical theatre. Students must have a successful audition or portfolio review by theatre arts faculty for admission to the BFA degree program.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 129

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for the B.F.A. in liberal arts include the following courses (33-35 hours):

Courses Sem Hours
Writ 100 or 101; Writ 102 or Liba 102 6
English literature survey (221-226, 22x) 6
Behavioral/social sciences, Liba 203, 313 6
History (Hst 120, 121 preferred) 6
Natural science with lab, including Liba 150, 151, 205, 205L, 315,315, 315L 6-8
Mathematics (from among college algebra, quantitative reasoning, ora more advanced mathematics course) 3

Course Requirements

A major in theatre arts for the B.F.A. degree requires 129 semester hours. Students are required to choose one of three emphases: acting, design/theatre technology, or musical theatre.

Other Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required on all theatre courses applied toward the B.F.A. degree.

Emphasis - Acting for Stage and Screen

Course Requirements

The emphasis in acting for stage & screen requires 129 total semester hours, including the following courses:

Acting for Stage & Screen Hours
Departmental Core
Thea 120 Intro to Theatre, Film, and Dance 3
Thea 121. Creative Thinking 3
Thea 226. Script Analysis 3
Two of the following: Thea 270, 271, 272. Basic Lighting & SoundTechnology; Introduction to Stagecraft; Introduction to Costumes for the Stage 6
Thea 338, 339. Technology Lab I, II 2
Three of the following: Thea 321, 322, 323, 326, 327, 328, 329, 421, 422. Theatre History I; Theatre History II; Film and Aristotle;Dramatic Literature I; Dramatic Literature II; Diverse Voices in American Dramatic Literature; Queer Playwriting and American Culture;Musical Theatre History and Literature I; Musical Theatre History andLiterature II 9
Thea 499. Senior Seminar 3
Performance Core Hours
Thea 110. Intro to Acting 3
Thea 111. Realism for Stage and Screen 3
Thea 114. Movement for the Actor I 2
Thea 163. Intro to Musical Theatre Performance 3
Thea 210. Scene Work for Stage and Screen 3
Thea 212. Voice for the Actor I 3
Thea 268. Speech for the Actor 3
Thea 310. Acting Styles 3
Thea 316. Business of Acting and Auditioning 3
Thea 410. Acting Process and Integration 3
Thea 418. Screen Acting Capstone I 3
Thea 419. Screen Acting Capstone II 3
Performance Electives (21 hours) Hours
Danc 151. Ballet I 2
Danc 152. Contemporary Dance I 2
Danc 153. Jazz Dance I 2
Danc 154. Tap Dance I 2
Danc 251. Ballet II 2
Danc 252. Contemporary Dance II 2
Danc 253. Jazz II 2
Danc 254. Tap II 2
Danc 255. Theatre Dance I 2
Danc 351. Ballet III 2
Danc 352. Contemporary Dance III 2
Danc 353. Jazz III 2
Danc 354. Tap III 2
Danc 355. Theatre Dance II 2
Thea 207. Intro to Acting for Screen 3
Thea 215. Improvisation 3
Thea 216. Voice-Over Acting 3
Thea 221. Auditioning for Film and Television 3
Thea 264. Musical Theatre Voice Studies I 2
Thea 295. Theatre Practicum I 1
Thea 304. Acting Shakespeare 3
Thea 307. Advanced Acting for the Screen 3
Thea 308. Comedic Screen Acting 3
Thea 311. Classic Comedy Styles 3
Thea 312. Voice for the Actor II 3
Thea 314. Movement for the Actor II 2
Thea 317. Topics in Acting Styles 3
Thea 324. Commedia dell Arte 3
Thea 330. Stage Combat I 2
Thea 331. Stage Combat II 2
Thea 332. Period Movement and Manners 2
Thea 333. Devised Theatre 3
Thea 335. The Alexander Technique 2
Thea 337. Physical Theatre Styles 3
Thea 342. Unarmed Stage Combat 2
Thea 343. Single Sword Stage Combat 2
Thea 344. Broadsword Stage Combat 2
Thea 345. Rapier & Dagger Stage Combat 2
Thea 346. Knife Stage Combat 2
Thea 347. Quarterstaff Stage Combat 2
Thea 348. Sword & Shield Stage Combat 2
Thea 349. Smallsword Stage Combat 2
Thea 364. Musical Theatre Voice Studies II 2
Thea 368. Dialects for Stage and Screen 3
Thea 395. Theatre Practicum II 1
Thea 411. Classic Dramatic Styles 3
Thea 412. Voice for the Actor III 3
Thea 464. Musical Theatre Voice Studies III 2
Thea 465. Musical Theatre Performance I 3
Thea 466. Musical Theatre Performance II 3
Thea 495. Theatre Practicum III 1

In addition to the core curriculum and theatre arts requirements, the emphasis in acting for stage & screen requires elective hours chosen from any area, including theatre arts, to bring the total number of credits to 129 semester hours.

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Engl 101, Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Engl 102, Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
2 associated science labs 2 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Engl 221, Engl 222, Engl 223, Engl 224, Engl 225, or Engl 226.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours of History coursework with a passing grade.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology or sociology.
6-8 hrs science 6 Complete 6-8 hours of natural science courses with labs from the following areas: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or astronomy.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
Select an emphasis 0 Select an emphasis area within the BFA Theatre program.
Theatre residency hrs 12 Student must earn at least 12 hours of their major courses in residence. A grade of C or better is required on all theatre courses applied toward the major.
Resident Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Overall Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
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