Aug 17, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Acting - Major (BFA)


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The B.F.A. in Acting is a pre-professional degree in acting and develops the skills necessary for the working artist in theater. Training at Nazareth takes place in small studio classes with individual attention and faculty mentoring to make students ready for the rigorous world of professional performance. With particular emphasis on Shakespearean dramatic and performance studies, the B.F.A. in Acting places value on the holistic view that a liberal arts-based education is required for a young artist.

Students in the major study acting each semester and take courses in voice, movement, textual analysis and design throughout their training. In addition, 2 dance technique courses are required and singing voice lessons are strongly recommended. Each semester Acting majors must audition for the department season and accept the role assigned, and if not cast, accept a production assignment. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 within their major and are evaluated annually by a faculty committee to ensure that he or she is making meaningful progress. In the summer of their junior year, students are required to participate in a theater internship to help facilitate the transition into the professsion. Students are eliible to participate in the senior showcase in New York City through an audition process.


Student Learning Outcomes

  • To develop expertise in specific acting and performance skills that are related to a wide range of theatre production with emphasis on credibility, vocal production, movement techniques, improvisation, characterization and dramatic styles.
  • To develop critical, analytical, and independent thinking that serve as the foundation of creative work.
  • To possess an adequate knowledge of theatre history and literature in order to analyze and interpret works of art (understanding the current and past artistic traditions that have shaped our psychological and cultural identities).
  • To possess a knowledge and appreciation for technical production and basic craftsmanship.
  • To master the techniques and prepare the materials needed to pursue a viable career in the entertainment industry.

 

Core Curriculum Requirements


All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Acting


Design and Technical Theatre


Design Elective


 Choose one course from:

History/Drama/Theory Elective


Take one of the following:

Production


Sample Program for Acting Major


Freshman Year


  • 4 Perspectives Enduring Question (PEQ) courses Credits: 12
  • ACS 101 Academic and College Success  Credits: 1
  • FYS First Year Seminar taken with ACS (THA.F recommended) Credits: 3

As well as:

Sophomore Year


  • 3 Perspectives Enduring Question (PEQ) courses Credits: 10 (includes one-credit science lab)
  • Integrative Studies (IS) course Credits: 3
  • MUP 2A - Secondary Vocal Performance Credits: 2
  • Design Elective Credits: 3

As well as:

Junior Year


  • Perspectives Enduring Questions (PEQ) course Credits: 3
  • Integrative Studies (IS) course Credits: 6
  • Dance Elective Credits: 3
  • MUP 2A - Secondary Vocal Performance Credits: 2

As well as:

Summer Between Junior and Senior Year


THA 483 - Internship in Theatre  - In the summer after their junior year, all students are required to participate in an internship to help facilitate the transition to the profession. 

Senior Year


  • CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   Credits: 0
  • MUP 2A - Secondary Vocal Performance Credits: 2
  • THA Performance Elective Credits: 3
  • Theatre History/Drama/Theory Elective Credits: 3

As well as:

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