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Chapman’s BFA degrees are designed for students who know that their goal is to act professionally. BFA degrees require 78 credit hours of coursework.

The BFA in Screen Acting, offered in collaboration with the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts, is designed to serve students who know that their goal is to act primarily in television and film. Like the BFA in Theatre Performance, the BFA in Screen Acting provides advanced coursework in acting technique and related skills, but also provides students with a basic understanding of how media works behind the camera as well as in front of it through classes in screenwriting, film technology, history of film, and other applied film and television courses. The degree can be personalized through choices of electives. Graduates of the BFA in Screen Acting leave the program with a completed actor reel developed through a variety of acting opportunities in Dodge College and may go on to further graduate study or move into the profession with a variety of talents and skills, as well as excellent acting training.

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BFA Screen Acting Degree Program Learning Outcomes:

Students with a BFA in Screen Acting will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes for preparing and executing an acting role in a variety of situations and styles.
  • Possess an understanding of story structure, story analysis, and character analysis.
  • Possess an understanding of the development of filmmaking, theater, and acting aesthetically and historically.
  • Possess adequate technical proficiency to understand their collaborators and manage their careers.

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