Degrees

BFA ACTING

Our BFA Acting degree is a pre-professional selective degree designed to prepare students for a professional theatre career and/or advanced professional theatre training. BFA and BA candidates complete a similar curriculum in the first two years of study. BFA Acting candidates then go on to take advanced courses in theatre performance.

Our commitment to small classes in the BFA Acting program (10-14 students per year) allows for multiple performance opportunities and personalized instruction from our dedicated performance faculty.

CURRICULUM

Actors develop their own process through in-depth training in various acting, voice, and movement techniques that build upon and complement each other.

BFA Performance students take eight acting classes in their four year plan. The classes cover improvisation, Stanislavski, Meisner, Michael Chekhov, Shakespeare, on-camera acting, audition technique, and solo performance.

In their final semester, students create their senior projects – a 15-minute solo show based on a noteworthy person in history.

The curriculum also includes four voice and movement classes, specializing in Linklater, Masks, and Feldenkrais.

Students also take directing, dialects, stage makeup, playwriting, among others. For the full list of classes, visit the course catalog.

AUDITIONS

Students must audition for the BFA Performance track. You may audition for the BFA when applying for the program. Students are also given an opportunity to audition for the BFA after Acting IV. For more information and to schedule your audition visit the auditions page.

BFA DESIGN

Our BFA Design degree is a pre-professional selective degree designed to prepare students for a professional theatre career and/or advanced professional theatre training. BFA and BA candidates complete a similar curriculum in the first two years of study. BFA Design candidates then go on to take advanced courses in theatrical design.

The BFA Design degree has three specialized tracks to choose from in scenic, lighting, and costume design. A limited number of designers are selected. This provides many opportunities for realized design work in our shows.

Small class sizes ensure one-on-one attention with professors actively working professionally both in Miami and in regional theatres across the country.

Students train in a professional-caliber venue which includes cutting-edge scene and costume shops, design studio, and light lab stocked with the latest technology.

Students travel to, and present their work at, KCACTF and USITT where they are consistently rewarded for the quality and excellence of their work. Many of our students have won national awards from KCACTF which include all expenses paid fellowships at the National Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C.

CURRICULUM

For the entire curriculum, visit the course catalog.

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Students seeking to be admitted into the BFA Design program must schedule an interview and portfolio review with our design and technology management faculty. For more information and to schedule your interview visit the portfolio reviews page.

BA THEATRE

Our BA in Theatre is a versatile and comprehensive liberal arts degree with courses in all the basic aspects of theatre. This degree contains a fairly equal balance of academic, technical, and performance courses and then allows the student to focus on whatever area of theatre interests them most.

Small class sizes ensure one-on-one attention from faculty mentors. Students also learn on the job working on productions.

Students train in a professional-caliber theatre venue, including cutting-edge scene and costume shops, design studio, and light lab stocked with the latest technology.

Our students are consistently awarded prestigious fellowships from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Our stage managers have won national fellowships for three straight years and our directors have won national fellowships for two out of the past four years.

CURRICULUM

Students take classes in the areas of acting, design, directing, theatre history, and dramatic literature.

Students are able to select their area of focus by selecting electives in stage management, playwriting, and additional acting or directing courses.

For the entire curriculum, visit the course catalog

ADMISSIONS

Students seeking admission to the BA in Theatre program have two options. Students with a greater interest in acting should schedule an audition. Students with a greater interest in design and technology management should schedule an interview and portfolio review.

DANCE MINOR

The Minor in Dance is designed to meet the needs of liberal arts students who wish to pursue dance for the purpose of increasing creative development, artistic awareness, and intercultural understanding.

For more information on the Dance Minor, contact Pioneer Winter at pwinter@fiu.edu.

CURRICULUM

Students must take 15 credits for the minor. The selection of courses varies from semester to semester.

Dance Offerings for FALL 2019:

DAA 1200: Ballet I     
Tu/Th 5-6:15pm
Development of techniques and understanding of ballet, includes theoretical component of studies in dance science or History. emphasis on developing strength & coordination in more complex movement. Additional work on phrasing, quality of movement, musicality and performance style.

DAA 2610   Dance Composition   
Tu/Th 6:25-7:40pm
Improvisation, movement invention and basic choreographic techniques are explored for movement invention and organized in choreographic forms. Solo and small group choreography emphasized. Prior dance or movement experience required. Compositions enrolled in the course Fall 2019 will have the opportunity to perform their own choreography at the Frost Museum of Art.

For the entire curriculum, visit the course catalog

ADMISSIONS

Any student admitted to FIU can sign up for a Dance Minor. Please contact academic advisor Gerry Suarez at gsuarez@fiu.edu or (305) 348-4073.