Theatre (Acting), BA

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Your ability to lose yourself in a story helps transport others to worlds unknown. Whether your interest is in live performance or film, come hone your skills to better express and convey the emotions that bring a story to life.

The BA program in theatre with a concentration in acting provides students with a hands-on education that emphasizes performance in both live theatre and recorded media. Within the context of a comprehensive liberal arts education, the program prepares students for both advanced graduate study in the field and entry-level careers in acting and performance. The program offers specialty coursework in the following areas:

  • film
  • movement
  • new work development
  • performance styles
  • theatre for youth
  • voice and speech

At A Glance

Theatre (Acting), BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants are admitted directly into the the acting concentration when admitted to ASU. There is a milestone review that is completed in the first year of the program and requires students to submit the undergraduate theatre concentration application and complete an interview with the theatre faculty. For a complete list of the milestone review requirements, visit the Steps to Apply page.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2023: October 21, 2022
Fall 2023: April 7, 2023

Interview Dates:

Spring 2023: November 4, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Location TBD)

Fall 2023: April 21, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Location TBD)

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Students interested in the BA in theatre with a concentration in acting are admitted directly into the major by indicating their degree preference on their ASU admission application.

Career outlook

The bachelor's degree program in theatre with a concentration in acting provides an excellent broad-based foundation for work in the profession. It prepares students for advanced graduate study and independent career pursuits in performance. It offers students advanced study that can lead to careers in professional theatre, film, television, media, education and other related arts disciplines.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Talent Directors 10%$76,400
Education Administrators, Postsecondary3.7%$97,500
Producers and Directors 10%$76,400
Fundraisers 14.3%$59,610
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Public Relations Specialists 7.2%$62,810
Recreation Workers 10%$28,440
Recreational Therapists 8.3%$47,710

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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