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Bachelor of Fine Arts

The B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in acting degree prepares future actors for the professional theatre, the program focuses on developing the skills and professionalism required by a career in the theatre. The program attracts students who are willing to commit to structured, intensive, studio-based training and are searching to become a part of a company of actors, singers, designers, directors and technicians. 

The B.F.A in Theatre Arts with a concentration in design and production degree prepares students for professional careers as designers, technical directors, costume directors and technicians in professional entertainment or for continued study in graduate school. This concentration is designed for students seeking professional training and who desire an intensive program of theatre studies with a high degree of specialized training. It provides a balance of performance, management and technology class work and gives the student a complete overview of the production process. 

The B.F.A in Theatre Arts with a concentration in physical theatre will instruct students in a large variety of applied physical performance methods, including instruction in classic clowning, circus skills, acrobatics, mime, dance, character development, professionalism, and the creation of original material. The program will attract students from a national base interested in further exploring the intersection of clowning, theatre, activism and experimentation in performance. The structured, intensive, studio-based training will prepare them to function in the professional entertainment world.

What You'll Study

As a B.F.A. acting student, you’ll study eight levels of acting centered on the foundational work of Konstantin Stanislavski, on-camera technique, vocal technique for the actor, a variety of movement studies and a directing study completed by script analysis, history and criticism courses. The program focuses on self-exploration, characterization and discovery of personal working methods. You’ll be expected to exhibit not only technical and artistic competence, but also a broad knowledge of the theater, sensitivity to artistic style and an insight to the role of theater in the life of a humanistic society.

B.F.A. performance students are required to participate in production as determined by faculty. All students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to earn the B.F.A. Acting degree. Acting majors will audition to participate in the CCU Senior Showcase, performed in the spring of their senior year.

As a B.F.A. design and production student, you'll have an intensive, hands-on experience through a four-year sequence of courses in design, theater technology, script analysis and visual arts. Demanding class work is combined with a variety of practical production experiences.

The costume, scenic and paint studios are state-of-the-art facilities with several thousand square feet dedicated to production and training in areas ranging from basic drawing to exploration of scenic, lighting and costume design for theatrical production.

Intense mentorship is a key component for the growth of the student designer, and CCU faculty mentors are provided for every production “role” you’ll take on in this program. All students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards.

The B.F.A. in physical theater is at the forefront of theater studies within American undergraduate institutions. It draws upon the European performance and study traditions to blend acting, voice and movement technique to a variety of applied physical performance methods. In this program you’ll train in classic clowning, circus skills, acrobatics, mime, dance, character development, professionalism, and the creation of original material to explore the intersection of clowning, theater, activism and experimentation in performance.

The first two years of the program take place on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, focusing on a thorough regimen of acting technique, script analysis, theater history, criticism, voice and movement. The third year of the program will be in residence at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Accademia dell'Arte is a vibrant community of performing artists, musicians, scholars and students working within an environment dedicated to training, researching and experimenting to realize individual goals and collaborative projects.

Beyond the Classroom

B.F.A theatre majors with an acting concentration receive training in the classroom and through an aggressive production schedule. Casting in production takes place across degree programs and in all genres, and additional performance opportunities exist through Second Stage Productions, the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary Society, and outreach groups affiliated with the department. In addition, you may pursue a semester abroad as an opportunity to enrich your artistry.

B.F.A theatre majors with a design and production concentration will have the opportunity to work with faculty and guest designers and be selected to contribute to production as a scenic designer, light designer, costume designer and/or properties designer for the mainstage season. Additional production and design opportunities are available with Dance Company, Second Stage Productions, and other studio productions. Students regularly enter into the work force in the summer to hone their skills at theaters across the nation.

B.F.A. theatre majors with a physical theatre concentration will have the opportunity to participate in the CCU Senior Showcase or in an internship with a physical theater company. The ultimate goal of the program is to launch students into the world as confident, creative and autonomous artists with a strongly developed aesthetic sensibility that unites the wonder of performance with a genuine search for human meaning.


Areas of Study

Concentrations in acting, design and technology, and physical theatre are available for students who are focused on developing specific skills and willing to commit to structured, intensive, studio-based training.  The B.F.A. concentrates on developing the skills and professionalism of its students to prepare them for careers in the theatre and related fields or for advanced study in graduate or conservatory programs.  

Acting I, II, III, IV; Acting Studio I, II, III, IV; Movement for the Actor I and II; Introduction to Physical Theatre; Voice and Diction; Vocal Production for the Actor; Scene Design; Lighting Design; Costume Design; Scene Painting; Computer Aided Design; and Drafting and Properties Construction.


  • Acting
  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Theatre

Admission to the program is by audition and interview for acting and physical theatre and by portfolio review and interview for design and technology.