Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance: Acting

Department of Theatre & Drama

Designed to train talented and purposeful students for the physical and mental demands of theatre, the program focuses on developing acting, voice, movement, and stage combat skills while also providing a solid liberal arts education.


The Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance: Acting requires a minimum of 122 credits: coursework is 67% within SMTD and 33% within the liberal arts. Performance training focuses on basic action/objective principles, improvisation, classical and contemporary theatre, collaboration and ensemble. The core curriculum includes acting, voice and speech, dialects, movement and stage combat classes that allow students to test for Society of American Fight Directors adjudicated skills proficiency.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Acting
  • Theatre History
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Technical Theatre
  • Production Practicum
  • Dialects
  • Stage Combat
  • Movement
  • Physical Theatre
  • Voice
  • Script Analysis
  • Studio

Liberal Arts coursework to include:

Freshman Writing, Shakespeare’s plays, Upper-level writing, foreign language or tested proficiency, and academic electives from across the U-M

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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The School of Music, Theatre & Dance teaches you to be a great human being…where, every day, you are surrounded by other artists who inspire you.

James Wolk, BFA ’07 (acting) TV: Mad Men, Happy Endings, Political Animals, Shameless, and The Crazy Ones