Are you interested in theatre?
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B.F.A. in Theatre
These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan. Explore the course requirements for the available tracks by clicking each option.
Read more below about each of the theatre tracks. Find specific program information for each track at the “View Catalog” button.
Theatre Education/Teacher Certification
University Hours + Major Hours: 50-68 credit hours (Choice of 6 tracks)
Electives: 4-22 credit hours*
Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
- Acting 1
- Stage Makeup
- Beginning Directing
- Fashion as Cultural Reflection
View the catalog for a complete listing of courses.
Yes! ACU offers a minor in this study. You can learn more about this minor by viewing the catalog or explore all of the minors available at the button below.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre
ACU Theatre’s rigorous and transformative studio-intensive program will launch you into a professional career in performance, directing, design, teaching or theatre ministry. Our curriculum and facilities are contemporary and cutting-edge. As a theatre student, you’ll receive a well-rounded education with hands-on experience in all phases of performance and backstage work.
Choose Your Path
The ACU Theatre department provides quality training and opportunity for the disciplined theatre artist in a nurturing environment that models Christian values. A Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from ACU allows students experience all facets of theatre work and with a wide selection of tracks to pursue.
Curriculum and performance opportunities prepare students for careers in acting and/or advanced training at the graduate level. A variety of training techniques help students hone their approach to character and acting choices.
Students learn singing techniques to support all styles of theatre music. Combined with intensive acting and dance training, this track develops a proficiency that enables students to compete in the marketplace.
With opportunities for exposure to a variety of styles and genres, directing students create directing portfolios and interview to direct a main stage show while mentored by a faculty member. Faculty guide students to explore their own vision of a piece and bring it to fruition.
Experience a rigorous curriculum with classes in ballet, tap, jazz and modern as well as dance conditioning with a focus on technique, composition and performance. Dancers perform a dance show and participate in musicals each year.
This track provides training to express students’ artistic visions along with practical applications with show crews and practicum hours. Students have hands-on opportunities to develop their rendering skills in all design areas and execute their designs.
This hybrid track prepares students in areas of theatre including directing, design, acting and children’s theatre. Students are prepared for teacher certification with classes required by ACU’s Department of Education.
Develop practical ways to explore the intersection of faith and art. Students prepare for ministry positions in a variety of fields, such as drama ministries and worship service design, with opportunities to lead Theatre chapel, intern at one of Abilene’s many churches or participate in prison and outreach ministries.
The BFA in Theatre offers a wide range of exciting careers, including:
- Actor (stage, film, voice-over, cruise lines)
- Designer (sets, costume, lighting, sound, props)
- Stage manager
- Technical director
- Teacher (all levels, arts education programs)
- Worship minister
- Casting director
- Print/commercial model