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Major in the College of Fine Arts

Major Acting2

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting seeks to prepare students with foundational training and the education necessary for an acting career.

This unique four-year program combines courses in stage acting with innovative training in devised work, film and television. Our professional faculty of working artists address past, present and anticipated trends in a professional actor's career.

Curriculum, guest artist workshops and performance experiences reflect the uniqueness of The University of Texas at Austin by offering classes and practical experiences in department productions, collaborations with professional artists, workshops with visiting artists and the rich scholarly resources of a Tier One institution. The department produces an annual season of six to eight main stage productions, encompassing a wide variety of performance experiences that range from classical to contemporary plays, musical theatre and original scripts.

Declaration Requirements


The B.F.A. in Acting admits incoming freshmen only. All applicants must submit their ApplyTexas applications by December 1. The Department will only consider applicants who list our majors as a "first choice." Applicants may check the status of their application and update their selections through their MyStatus page. All applicants to the B.F.A. in Acting will also automatically be considered for the B.A. in Theatre and Dance.

Please note: This major is not open to transfer students.

How to Declare


1. Complete the application
All applicants must submit a Theatre and Dance Application.

2. Register for an audition
An audition is required for admission to this program. Register for your audition by completing the Theatre and Dance Application.

Required Courses


View a sample four-year plan to explore potential degree options.



Attentive to acting for the camera, the B.F.A. in Acting collaborates with the Moody College of Communications' Department of Radio-Television-Film. Upperclassmen have the option to participate in a Los Angeles residency as they prepare for working in the industry through the UT Semester in Los Angeles program.


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