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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.

Performance Specialization Required Courses (62 credits):

TPP 1110 Acting I (3)
TPP 2111 Acting II (3)
TPP 2112 Acting III (3)
TPP 3113 Acting IV (3)
TPP 4114 Acting V (3)
TPP 4117 Acting VI (3)
TPP 4224 Acting VII (3)
TPP 4265 Acting VIII (3)
TPP 2160 Theatre Voice and Movement I (3)
TPP 2161 Theatre Voice and Movement II (3)
TPP 3164 Theatre Voice and Movement III (3)
TPP 3165 Theatre Voice and Movement IV (3)
THE 4971 Senior Projects (1)
THE 4110 Theatre History I (3)
THE 4111 Theatre History II (3)
THE 4370 Modern Dramatic Literature (3) OR THE 4314 Classical Dramatic Literature (3)
TPA 2010 Introduction to Design (3)
TPA 2210 Stagecraft I (3)
TPA 2290L Technical Theatre Lab I (1)
TPA 2291L Technical Theatre Lab II (1)
TPA 2292L Technical Theatre Lab III (1)
TPA 2332 Costume Technology (3)
TPP 3310 Directing I (3)
TPP 4195L Upper Division Production and Performance (1)

Electives selected with advisor approval – 18 credits from the following:

THE 4370 Modern Dramatic Literature 3 OR THE 4314 Classical Dramatic Literature (3)
THE 4916 Research (1-5)
THE 4950 Internship (1-6)
TPA 2220 Stage Lighting I (3)
TPA 2248 Stage Makeup (3)
TPP 2653 Playscript Analysis (3)
TPA 3226C Lighting Design I (3)
TPA 3002 Period Styles in Theatre Design (3)
TPA 3045 Costume Design I (3)
TPA 3060 Scenic Design I (3)
TPA 3230 Costume History (3)
TPA 3400 Stage Management (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre (3)
TPP 3530 Stage Combat I (3)
TPP 3730 Dialects (3)
TPP 3923 Musical Theatre Workshop I (3)
TPP 4166 Voice and Movement V (3)
TPP 4253 Advanced Musical Theater Studies (3)
TPP 4311 Directing II (3)
TPP 4532 Stage Combat II (3)
TPP 4564 Mime (3)
TPP 4600 Playwriting I (3)
TPP 4601 Playwriting II (3)
TPP 4920 Advanced Actor’s Workshop I (3)
TPA 4930 Special Topics in Theatre Performance (1-3)

University Common Course Requirements: 36 credits
Additional Theatre or University Electives: 12 credits

Total Credits Required to Graduate with a BFA in Theatre (Performance): 128 credits

For more information, 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.

ADMISSION INFORMATION FOR TRANSFERS

The BFA in Performance at FIU is a selective program that prepares talented students for careers as professional actors.  It is designed as a four-year professional training program. It is not designed for transfer students; however, transfer students may audition and be admitted. Before the audition, those considering transferring should speak with the Theatre department advisor to review their transfer credits and to estimate their graduation date.

*Placement in the acting sequence is mainly dependent on the audition and interview results, regardless of the number of acting, voice or movement classes taken elsewhere. 

To graduate in a timely manner from FIU with a BFA in Performance, transfer students are encouraged to take foundational courses (when offered) at their Junior College. These foundational courses may include Stagecraft, Costume Technology, Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Movement I, a Technical Theatre Lab, Script Analysis and Playwriting or Stage Makeup. This is a total of nineteen (19) credits. (FIU Theatre acknowledges that most Junior Colleges do not offer many of these classes.) The successful BFA Performance student will take three years to graduate with these courses completed before transferring. Students transferring with fewer Theatre credits will usually take four years to graduate.

QUESTIONS?

If you have additional questions about the BFA in Performance, please contact the head of performance, Rebecca Covey, at rcovey@fiu.edu or (305) 348-3728.

If you have additional questions about courses or advising, please contact academic advisor, Jessica Amores Diaz, at jamores@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2442.

BFA MUSICAL THEATRE – beginning Fall 2022

Our BFA Musical Theatre degree is a pre-professional selective degree designed to prepare students for a professional musical theatre career and/or advanced professional theatre training.

One singular aspect of FIU Theatre’s Musical Theatre program is that students train to become well-rounded actors who also excel at singing and dancing. The profession is evolving beyond the superficial stereotypes of Musical Theatre. To prepare students for this new reality, we provide a vigorous curriculum in acting techniques, scene study, and Musical Theatre workshops. Actors are not just trained in singing and dance, but also vocal production, movement, speech, and dialects. We aim to educate musical theatre performers whose work is based in truth with an authenticity on par with the best non-musical theatre.

CURRICULUM

In the first two years, the focus is on the fundamentals. Acting 1-4 offers a variety of techniques including Stanislavski, Meisner, and Michael Chekhov. Voice and Movement 1 & 2 focus on freeing the voice and body and developing clear speech. Fundamentals of Music, Acting the Song, History of Musical Theatre, Piano, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Singing further develop the actor’s instrument and awareness. The curriculum is rounded out with other foundational courses that expand the student’s understanding of theatre as a collaborative art.

The last two years focus on developing advanced skills and career preparedness. The emphasis is on studio training, Musical Theatre workshops, Musical Theatre dance, and Advanced Dance Workshop. Work with Shakespeare and heightened texts, voice, speech, and dialects deepen the students’ range and connection to language. Students take on substantial roles in production, perform in cabarets, and prepare for professional careers in the Career Strategies for Actors course and in their senior project showcase.

Performance Specialization Required Courses (62 credits):

TPP 1110 Acting I (3)
TPP 2111 Acting II (3)
TPP 2112 Acting III (3)
TPP 3113 Acting IV (3)
TPP 4114 Acting V (3)
TPP 2160 Theatre Voice and Movement I (3)
TPP 2161 Theatre Voice and Movement II (3)
TPP 3164 Theatre Voice and Movement III (3)
TPP 3923 Musical Theatre Workshop I – An Introduction to Musical Comedy Performance (3)
TPP 3XXX Muiscal Theatre Workshop II – Musical Theatre Styles (3)
TPP 4253 Advanced Musical Theatre Studies – Acting in Contemporary Musical Theatre (3)
TPP 4971 Senior Projects (1)
TPP 3276 Acting the Song (2)
MUT 1001 Fundamentals of Music (3)
MVK 1111L Class Piano I (1)
MVV 1211 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 1211 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 2221 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 2221 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 3221 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 3221 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 4241 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
MVV 4241 Secondary Applied Voice (1)
DAA 1200 Ballet Techniques I (3)
DAA 1500 Jazz Dance Techniques I (3)
DAA 2520 Tap Dance Techniques I (3)
DAA 3XXX Dance for Musical Theatre (3)
DAA 4XXX Advanced Dance Workshop (3)
TPP 4084 Career Strategies for Actors (3)
THE 3243 History of Musical Theatre in America (3)
TPP 3940 Internship Experience (0)
TPA 2010 Introduction to Design (3)
TPA 2290L Technical Theatre Lab I (1)
TPA 2291L Technical Theatre Lab II (1)

Choose 2 courses from the following – 6 credits

TPA 2210 Stagecraft I (3)
TPA 2220 Stage Lighting I (3)
TPA 2332 Costume Technology (3)

University Common Course Requirements: 36 credits
Additional Theatre or University Electives: 12 credits

Total Credits Required to Graduate with a BFA in Theatre (Performance): 128 credits

For more information, visit the course catalog.

AUDITIONS

Students must audition for the BFA Musical Theatre track. For more information and to schedule your audition visit the auditions page.

QUESTIONS?

If you have additional questions about the BFA in Performance, please contact the head of performance, Rebecca Covey, at rcovey@fiu.edu or (305) 348-3728.

If you have additional questions about courses or advising, please contact academic advisor, Jessica Amores Diaz, at jamores@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2442.

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

Design Specialization Required Courses (60 credits)

THE 4110 Theatre History I (3)
THE 4111 Theatre History II (3)
THE 4314 Classical Dramatic Literature (3) OR THE 4370 Modern Dramatic Literature (3)
THE 4950 Internship (6)
THE 4971 Senior Projects (1)
TPA 2010 Introduction to Design (3)
TPA 2210 Stagecraft I (3)
TPA 2220 Stage Lighting I (3)
TPA 2332 Costume Technology (3)
TPA 3226C Lighting Design I (3)
TPA 3002 Period Styles in Theatre Design (3)
TPA 3045 Costume Design I (3)
TPA 3060 Scenic Design I (3)
TPA 3073 Stage Rendering (3)
TPA 3296 Advanced Technical Project I (2)
TPA 4912 Portfolio 1 (1)
TPA 4297 Advanced Technical Project II (2)
TPP 1110 Acting I (3)
TPP 2653 Playscript Analysis (3)
TPP 3310 Directing I (3)
TPA 2290L Technical Theatre Lab I (1)
TPA 2291L Technical Theatre Lab II (1)
TPA 2292L Technical Theatre Lab III (1)

Electives selected with advisor approval Select 21 credits from the following:

TPA 2248 Stage Makeup (3)
TPA 3230 Costume History (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre: ComputerAided Drafting (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre: Scene Painting (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre: TBA (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre: Costume Crafts (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre: Costume Patterning (3)
TPA 4041 Costume Design II (3)
TPA 4061 Scenic Design II (3)
TPA 4221 Stage Lighting II (3)
TPA 3400 Stage Management (3)

University Common Course Requirements: 36 credits
Additional Theatre or University Electives: 11 credits

Total Credits Required to Graduate with a BFA in Theatre (Design): 128 credits

For more information, 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.

INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

The BFA in Design/Technology at FIU is a competitive program that prepares talented students for careers as professional designers and technicians. Successful students transferring from a Junior College into the BFA in Design/Technology graduate in 3 years with careful guidance from the Theatre and Design/Technology faculty.

Placement of transfer students in the design sequence is mainly determined by the portfolio and interview, regardless of previous course work in design.

To graduate in a timely manner from FIU with a BFA in Design, transfer students are encouraged to take foundational courses (when offered) at their Junior College. These foundational courses may include Stagecraft, Costume Technology, Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Movement I, a Technical Theatre Lab, Script Analysis and Playwriting or Stage Makeup. This is a total of nineteen (19) credits. (FIU Theatre acknowledges that most Junior Colleges do not offer many of these classes.)

QUESTIONS?

If you have additional questions about the BFA in Design, please contact the head of design, technology, and management, Tony Galaska, at agalaska@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2564.

If you have additional questions about courses or advising, please contact academic advisor, Jessica Amores Diaz, at jamores@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2442.

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.

Required Courses (42 credits):

THE 4110 Theatre History I (3)
THE 4111 Theatre History II (3)
THE 4314 Classical Dramatic Literature (3)
THE 4370 Modern Dramatic Literature (3)
TPA 2010 Introduction to Design (3)
TPA 2210 Stagecraft I (3)
TPA 2220 Stage Lighting I (3)
TPA 2290L Technical Theatre Lab I (1)
TPA 2291L Technical Theatre Lab II (1)
TPA 2292L Technical Theatre Lab III (1)
TPA 2332 Costume Technology (3)
TPP 1110 Acting I (3)
TPP 2111 Acting II (3)
TPP 2160 Theatre Voice and Movement I (3)
TPP 2653 Playscript Analysis (3)
TPP 3310 Directing I (3)

Choose 1 course from the following (3 credits):

TPA 3226C Lighting Design I (3)
TPA 3045 Costume Design I (3)
TPA 3060 Scenic Design I (3)

Choose 15 credits from these electives:

FIL 2000 Introduction to Filmmaking (3)
SPC 2050 Voice and Diction (3)
THE 4760 Methods of Teaching Theatre (3)
THE 4916 Research (1-5)
THE 4950 Internship (1-6)
TPA 2211 Stagecraft II (3)
TPA 2248 Stage Makeup (3)
TPA 3002 Period Styles in Theatre Design (3)
TPA 3060 Scenic Design I (3)
TPA 3230 Costume History (3)
TPA 3400 Stage Management (3)
TPA 3930 Special Topics in Theatre (1-3)
TPP 2112 Acting III (3)
TPP 2161 Theatre Voice and Movement II (3)
TPP 3113 Acting IV (3)
TPP 3530 Stage Combat I (3)
TPP 3730 Dialects (3)
TPP 3923 Musical Theatre Workshop I (3)
TPP 4311 Directing II (3)
TPP 4532 Stage Combat II (3)
TPP 4564 Mime (3)
TPP 4600 Playwriting I (3)
TPP 4601 Playwriting II (3)
TPP 4920 Advanced Actor’s Workshop I (3)

University Common Course Requirements: 36 credits
Additional Theatre or University Electives: 12 credits

Total Credits Required to Graduate with a BA in Theatre: 120 credits

For more information, 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.

ADMISSION INFORMATION FOR TRANSFERS

The BA in Theatre is a versatile and comprehensive liberal arts degree.  Students transferring into the BA can usually graduate in three years.

To graduate in a timely manner from FIU with a BA in Theatre, transfer students are encouraged to take foundational courses (when offered) at their Junior College.  These foundational courses may include Stagecraft, Costume Technology, Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Movement I, a Technical Theatre Lab, Script Analysis and Playwriting or Stage Makeup. This is a total of nineteen (19) credits. (FIU Theatre acknowledges that most Junior Colleges do not offer many of these classes.)

All transfer students are encouraged to apply early and contact the Theatre department advisor as soon as possible to review their transfer credits and to estimate their graduation date. Timely graduation will be contingent on registering promptly for required courses, passing all classes, and working closely with the theatre advisors and faculty.

QUESTIONS?

If you have additional questions about the BA in Theatre, please contact Maria Manino, at mmanino@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2895.

If you have additional questions about courses or advising, please contact academic advisor, Jessica Amores Diaz, at jamores@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2442.

THEATRE MINOR

The Minor in Theatre is open to all FIU undergraduate students interested in theatre study (with the exception of Theatre Majors).

CURRICULUM

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

THE 2000: Theatre Appreciation (3)
TPP 2100: Introduction to Acting (3)

1 of the following courses:

TPA 2210: Stagecraft (3) OR
TPA 2220: Stage Lighting (3) OR
TPA 2332: Costume Technology (3) OR
TPA 2010: Intro to Design

2 Theatre electives:

For full list of available electives, visit the course catalog

Please note: Theatre Minors may not register for Acting I, Acting II, or above. Those courses are only open to Theatre Majors.

ADMISSIONS

Interested students must contact academic advisor Jessica Amores Diaz at jamores@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2442.

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.

Nine credits in dance technique courses:

DAA 1100 Modern Dance Technique I (3)
DAA 1200 Ballet Techniques I (3)
DAA 2610 Dance Composition I (3)

Three credits in dance theory courses:

DAN 2100 Dance Appreciation (3)

Three credits in theatre courses:

TPP 2100 Introduction to Acting (3)

For more information, visit the course catalog

ADMISSIONS

Any student admitted to FIU can sign up for a Dance Minor. Please contact academic advisor Jessica Amores Diaz at jamores@fiu.edu or (305) 348-2442.