4-Year Program

The intensive BFA Acting Program prepares students for the demands of a professional acting career across a variety of media. The objective is to nurture visionary actors who can work on stage, film, television and in the exciting world of new-media platforms. Based in classical actor training, this Program focuses on the tools needed to succeed in the shifting landscape of the 21st century. Rigorous classes in acting, voice, speech, movement and theatrical production are augmented by a wide range of performance and production experiences—each tailored to the individual needs of the student.

The curriculum is structured progressively with a strong emphasis on movement and physical expression as a means to unlock the imagination. First-year students study and perform significant texts of the American canon. Focus is given to developing process and technique while expanding imagination and artistry. The second year is devoted to the study of classical text in performance. In addition, there is an increased focus on defining, developing and deepening craft and individual vision. In the third year of training, students engage the modern classics as well as contemporary and world dramatic literature. The third and fourth years are devoted to on-camera technique as well as advanced scene study, all meant to address the growing importance of media to the actor.

All BFA Acting students are required to pass a Mid-Residence and Graduation Review in order to complete the Program and obtain the BFA degree.

Full Curriculum

Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.

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The Undergraduate Experience

CalArts is committed to providing a broad program of general education designed to enable students to consider aesthetic questions within larger socio-cultural, ethical and political contexts.

Learn more about the General Education curriculum

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

In addition to CalArts' rich and diverse community and naturally collaborative atmosphere, the Institute provides several programs of study that can be pursued concurrently with a student's chosen metier.

Digital Arts Minor

The Minor is designed to help undergraduate students grasp the knowledge to build, engineer and design innovative custom systems.

Digital Arts Minor

Interschool Degree

This option is available to a small number of graduates and advanced third- and fourth-year undergraduates whose skills and artistic interests warrant pursuing a degree in more than one School.

Interschool Degree

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