Acting

The curricula are reflective of a 21st century approach to Theatre Performance. They are inclusive of specialized skills, practical courses, and scholarly work in preparation for the profession. The specializations prepare students by providing a well-rounded education in performance that requires students to learn a variety of techniques as well as examine the art and professional practices through multiple lenses. Along with unified learning outcomes, the specializations offer flexibility in areas of study that aligns with students’ interest and learning goals.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

School Information

The School of Theatre + Dance provides an intimate setting where students, faculty, and staff interact in constant and close collaboration. Curricular programs are suited to a range of student interests and talents, from the liberal arts B.A. degree to the competitive B.F.A. and M.F.A. professional training degrees.
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NADINE MCGUIRE THEATRE AND DANCE PAVILION
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
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 Curriculum

Related Programs

Placement in the BFA Theatre program is determined by audition or portfolio interview. There are two specialization areas in the program: Acting, and Musical Theatre. Students enrolled in Theatre Performance: acting or musical theatre will proceed through studio coursework by demonstrated proficiency.

Transfer students entering the musical theatre program may be required to take a placement exam by the School of Music for placement in music courses. If a student has earned college credit with a minimum grade of C for music courses taken at another SUS institution with course prefixes and the last three digits matching a UF music course, this is usually granted as transfer credit when evaluated by the music faculty.

All theatre majors should consult the academic advisor as early as possible.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 3 additional critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete 2 of 4 upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 additional upper division critical-tracking course with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required 

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional upper division critical-tracking course with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining upper division critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
TPA 1012 Introduction to Live Entertainment Design and Production (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 2110
2110L
Acting 1: Instrument and Discipline
and Professional Development Seminar 1
3
TPP 2570 Somatics for the Actor I 2
TPP 3650 Script Analysis 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
TPP 3103
3103L
Acting 2: Analysis and Application
and Professional Development Lab 2 (Critical Tracking)
3
TPP 3124 Beginning Improvisation 2
TPP 3571 Somatic Acting for the Actor II 2
THE 4950 Production Workshop 1
Gen Ed Composition (Writing Requirement) 3
 Credits14
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
TPP 2282 Movement Training for the Actor 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 3113 Acting 3 (Critical Tracking) 3
THE 4950 Production Workshop 1
Theatre Studies elective 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
TPP 3251 Fundamentals of Music Theatre Acting (Critical Tracking) 3
THE 4111 History of Theatre on Stage 2 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
TPP 4114 Acting 4 (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 4287 Voice for the Actor (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 4931L Professional Development Seminar 1
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Semester Five
TPP 4140 Acting 5: Shakespeare (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 4288 Voice, Speech, and Body Training for the Actor 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
THE 4110 History of Theatre on Stage 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition 3
Content Generation elective 3
 Credits18
Semester Six
TPP 2260 Acting for the Camera 3
TPP 3283 Movement Training for the Actor 2 (Critical Tracking) 3
TPP 4931L Professional Development Seminar 1
Gen Ed Physical or Biological Sciences OR Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
Content Generation elective 3
Theatre Studies elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Seven
TPP 4221 Strategies for the Career Actor (Critical Tracking) 2
TPP 4236BFA Actor Senior Workshop  3
Gen Ed State Core Humanities and Diversity 3
Technique/Skills elective 3
Theatre elective (Theatre Studies, Content Generation, Skills, Design & Production 3
Elective 3
 Credits17
Semester Eight
TPP 4931L Professional Development Seminar 1
Technique/Skills elective 3
Theatre electives (Theatre Studies, Content Generation, Skills, Design & Production) 6
Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits124
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General Education course must be requirement not fulfilled by the Quest 2 course.

For a B.F.A. in acting, students must complete at least 53 credits at the 3000/4000 levels.

Complete 15 credits of theatre courses by end of the junior year and maintain a 2.0 GPA.


Theatre Studies | Acting & Musical Theatre

THE 3173Contemporary European Theatre3
THE 3231African American Theatre History and Practice3
THE 3234Diversity and Multiculturalism in American Theatre3
THE 4223Latin American and US Latinx Theatre3
THE 4481Production Dramaturgy3

Content Generation | Acting & Musical Theatre

TPP 3311Directing3
TPP 3240Solo Performance2
TPP 3402Devising Theatre2
TPP 4401Comedy Practice2
TPP 4600Playwriting Workshop3

Technique/Skills | Acting

TPP 3290Introduction to the Alexander Technique3
TPP 4123Advanced Improvisation2
TPP 4291Alexander Technique and the Actor3
TPP 4531Stage Combat: Unarmed and Light Weaponry3
TPP 4532Stage Combat: Theatrical Weapon Styles3
TPP 4730Stage Dialects

Design and Production | Acting

TPA 2074Drawing and Rendering3
TPA 2075Scene Painting3
TPA 2120CBeginning Makeup1
TPA 2202CStagecraft4
TPA 3174Digital Production for Performance3
TPA 3227CPractical Stage Lighting4
TPA 3263CIntroduction to Sound Design and Technology
TPA 4049Costume Design3
TPA 4601Stage and Theatre Management3
TPA 4933CLighting Specialties: Rotating Topic3
TPA 4946Production Practicum (A variety of areas may be pursued including stage management)1-3
THE 4950Production Workshop1

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting develops the highest possible level of performance as an actor. Students develop advanced theatrical movement and vocal skills, including stage combat, voice, makeup, movement and period styles. They learn to perform through workshop and mainstage productions in formal and informal settings. Students also develop a repertory and techniques for auditions.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfactory presentation and faculty evaluation of a jury and a senior project.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Explain specific acting techniques.

Critical Thinking

  1. Analyze and apply effective acting technique strategies.
  2. Create strategic audition material packages for professional auditions.

Communication

  1. Construct a personal process for character creation and actualization.
  2. Explain complex facets of theatre performance and production.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed   

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
THE 2000 I
THE 4110 and THE 4111 A
THE 4959 A A
TPP 2110 and TPP 3103 I I I I
TPP 2282 and TPP 3283 I
TPP 3113 and TPP 4114 R R R R
TPP 3650 R
TPP 4110 R R R
TPP 4140 and TPP 4144 R R R
TPP 4287 and TPP 4288 I
BFA Auditions and Juries A A

Assessment Types

  • Exams
  • Papers/projects
  • Presentations / Audition / Juries