The lights go down. Hushed voices fade as the dark screen comes to life. Suddenly, your face appears on the screen — larger than life — speaking the words it took you days to memorize… but only three takes to satisfy the director. The audience laughs-- just at the right moment. The movie title appears with your name above it.
If you dream of seeing your face on the big (or little) screen, then Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is the place to be. While there are many acting programs out there, no other college or university offers a B.F.A. in Screen Acting designed to prepare you to work as a performer in all recorded media — film, television and new media — as well as on stage.
Offered cooperatively through Dodge College and the Chapman University Department of Theatre, part of the College of Performing Arts, the Screen Acting degree will help you meet the current demands of the motion picture and television industries as well as the evolving opportunities on the Internet and through mobile media, which may use computer-generated digital effects demanding specialized green screen and motion-capture performance techniques. No other acting program can provide you with that kind of range, which, of course, translates to better marketability.
The tightly integrated B.F.A. program provides flexibility, too. You could focus on screen acting, and also appear in a number of plays. Or never be in a play, just a lot of films. And there’s nothing like being a part of Dodge College, where you’ll collaborate with students who are just as passionate about storytelling, and looking to you to contribute great things to their productions. You’ll perform on a real sound stage, on location or even in a virtual world, then watch yourself on a big screen surrounded by an audience of your biggest fans. And unlike most acting programs, when you’re finished with us, you’ll have a reel of your best work to show the industry you’ve got what it takes.Please note: The Screen Acting program is only open to current Chapman University students. Students should apply at the end of their freshman year. Please see the Admission FAQ page for more information.