- Major: Acting
- Degree Program: Theatre
- Program Web Site
- College of Creative Arts
- Degree Designation: Bachelor's (B.F.A.)
The competitive BFA Acting Program is considered one of the best university acting programs in the country due to its intensive class time devoted to acting training. Freshman and sophomore students receive six hours of acting per week. Beginning in the sophomore year, students also receive an additional four hours per week of movement or voice/speech.
The first two years are set against the backdrop of a rigorous and wide range of liberal arts course work. In the junior and senior year BFA acting students become members of the Studio Acting Program, where 20 hours a week are dedicated to performance training in movement, voice/speech, scene study and acting.
The junior year is grounded in contemporary American realism and early modern realistic and non-real European drama. The senior year is dedicated to work in Shakespeare and other period styles, including Restoration comedy and comedy of manners, as well as acting for film and television, voice-overs and musical theatre.
Other topics covered include singing, Suzuki, movement composition, stage combat, audition technique, masks, improvisation, makeup, psychiatry for the actor, dialects and fencing.
BFA acting students are the core of the casting pool for five to six main stage productions as well as up to 20 workshop and second stage productions per year. A typical BFA student will perform in as many as 15 productions in their time at WVU.
Upon graduation from our program students either enter into the profession immediately or are admitted to a high-caliber, graduate training program. Throughout the four years students progress through a well-coordinated series of core theatre studies course work covering dramatic theory, text analysis, theatre history, dramatic literature, directing and special topics studies. The faculty is dedicated to preparing our students to work in the profession.
English Language Proficiency
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.
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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The School of Theatre and Dance and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.