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Department of Theatre

BFA in Screen Acting

» BFA in Screen Acting

Prepare for a career in the film and television industry while located within a short drive to Hollywood! 

Chapman's BFA in Screen Acting progam is offered in collaboration with the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts and is specifically for students whose goal is to act primarily in television and film. 

Program Overview

Chapman's Screen Acting program helps you build a solid foundation of acting experience through high-quality performance opportunities, both on-stage and in front of the camera. And because our program is for undergraduates only, you'll have many opportunities, even as a first-year student. Plus, you'll have a well-rounded, liberal arts education that will enhance your acting toolkit.

Program coursework is advanced in acting technique and related skills, and it will give you a basic understanding of how media works behind the camera as well as in front of it. Classes include screenwriting, film technology, history of film, and other applied film and television courses. Plus, you can personalize your degree through choices of electives.

Chapman BFA in Screen Acting graduates exit the program with a completed actor reel and are ready to advance to graduate study or begin working professionally in the entertainment industry.

BFA in Screen Acting graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of story structure, story analysis, and character analysis.
  • an understanding of the development of filmmaking, theater, and acting aesthetically and historically.
  • adequate technical proficiency to understand their collaborators and manage their own careers.

BFA Actor Showcase

Screen Acting and Theatre Performance coursework includes a senior-year business of acting course in which you'll learn to prepare a professional resume, website, and actor reel, with a capstone BFA Actor Showcase at the end of the academic year. At this event, you will perform for industry professionals such as casting directors, managers, agents, artistic directors, freelance directors and producers. 

Following each performance, industry professionals may reach out to you for a meeting. These meetings often lead to fruitful partnerships, auditions, dynamic collaborations and even long-term mentorship.

Donathan Walters '15
"My time in the Screen Acting program challenged me to take ownership over being a creator of my own work. Nowadays, being in control of the trajectory of your career is crucial, and Chapman opened the doors that allowed me to further my exploration as an artist, which ultimately led to me pursuing my masters at NYU Grad Acting."

Where This Degree Will Take You

Most Screen Acting graduates pursue acting careers in film and television or theatrical productions.

In addition to acting, you can use the skills you develop in the program (including collaboration, time management and creative thinking) to go on to a variety of meaningful careers such as:

  • Film director
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Casting director
  • Theatre director
  • Literary agent and manager
  • Lawyer
  • Business leader

Admission and Tours

With a cohort size of about 14 students, admission to Chapman's Screen Acting program is very competitive. You can find more details on our page about applying to the Screen Acting program or check out the curriculum on our catalog page.

Want to learn more about Chapman? We are always available for tours and information sessions. We’d love to meet you!

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