Acting BFA Degree

Cultivate your artistic voice and prepare for a career in the performing arts with a bachelor’s degree in acting.

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting provides high-quality and rigorous professional training for performing arts careers in acting or directing. Our acting BFA degree program offers individual attention from our dedicated faculty and numerous opportunities to sharpen your skills and technique on the stage. The benefits of a bachelor’s in acting degree extend beyond the thrill of performance. You’ll also develop professional skills like collaboration, problem-solving, time management, budgeting and more. Oakland University’s acting BFA program competitive advantage includes a well-rounded liberal arts education, with an added focus on the business side of the performing arts. When you graduate from Oakland with an acting bachelor’s degree, you can expect to leave with diverse production experience, national connections and a path toward your own unique goals.

Oakland University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting provides high-quality and rigorous professional training for performing arts careers in acting or directing. Our acting BFA degree program offers individual attention from our dedicated faculty and numerous opportunities to sharpen your skills and technique on the stage. The benefits of a bachelor’s in acting degree extend beyond the thrill of performance. You’ll also develop professional skills like collaboration, problem-solving, time management, budgeting and more. Oakland University’s acting BFA program competitive advantage includes a well-rounded liberal arts education, with an added focus on the business side of the performing arts. When you graduate from Oakland with an acting bachelor’s degree, you can expect to leave with diverse production experience, national connections and a path toward your own unique goals.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting: The Oakland University Advantage

What separates Oakland from other colleges with acting degrees? Simply put – your entire college experience. From individual attention in small class settings to hands-on production experiences in the largest regional theatre in Michigan, your acting BFA program will be packed with opportunities to shine.

Our bachelor’s degree in acting allows you to: 

  • Learn from award-winning faculty. Oakland University acting majors train with program faculty who have performed in national tours and appeared on television and in major films. You’ll build strong relationships in an inclusive and supportive learning environment and create connections to national markets (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) and performing arts organizations. 
  • Receive specialized training. Whether your passion is voice, acting (stage, film and television), directing, dramaturgy or dance, you will receive one-on-one training and career advising throughout our acting BFA program. Small class sizes allow you to discover and refine your unique strengths in the performing arts. 
  • Gain theatrical experience. Oakland acting majors can audition for five mainstage productions each year. As an Acting BFA undergraduate student, you may also gain experience in production-based ensemble courses, improvisational student clubs and an annual regional theatre festival. 
  • Access prime performing arts venues.  In addition to dance and recording studios, you will also have access to Michigan’s largest regional theatre. Meadow Brook Theatre, often called Michigan’s answer to Broadway, is located on the Oakland University campus. Only 30 miles outside of Detroit, our location puts Oakland acting degree students just a short drive from a thriving metro theatre scene. 
  • Showcase your talent. Show off your skills and make connections to kick off your professional career in the performing arts with a Senior Showcase. Our acting BFA program seniors perform both in person and virtually for casting agents, directors and other performing arts industry personnel. You’ll also travel to Chicago for a weeklong immersive theatre experience that includes masterclasses, networking and taking in live shows.

What Can You Do With an Acting Degree?

Graduates with degrees in acting bring confidence, self-discipline and other valuable skills to a range of performing arts careers. Job placement for Oakland University theatre majors has been as high as 90% in recent years. Acting jobs are projected to grow as streaming services continue to produce more entertainment content, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Recent Oakland graduates with a bachelor’s in acting degree have found success in performing arts careers that include:

  • Stage Acting
  • Film/Television Acting
  • Theatre Production
  • Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Voice Acting
  • Talent Management
  • Casting

Bachelor’s Degree in Acting: What You’ll Learn

Admission to the bachelor’s degree in acting program at Oakland University requires two auditions: one at freshman entrance to the acting major and a major standing audition midway through the undergraduate program. 

Students in our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting will complete a range of theatre arts courses that provide both principles and practice in acting, directing, movement, dance and voice. The acting BFA program culminates in opportunities for professional performing arts experience through advanced acting or directing projects, internships or independent study. 

In addition to gaining a high-quality liberal arts education, acting majors at Oakland complete four years of hands-on performing arts training in undergraduate courses that include:

  • Acting
    • The Instrument
    • The Script
    • The Role
    • Auditions
    • Styles
    • Shakespeare
    • Advanced Studio
  • Stage
    • Voice
    • Combat
    • Movement
    • Dialects
    • Makeup
  • Mime
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Elements of Design
  • Stagecraft
  • Costume Construction/Craft

Acting Degree Program Resources

Major requirements
Minor requirements
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences

Programs Related to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

Not sure if the bachelor’s degree in acting is right for you? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film Production
  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing (Specialization in Screenwriting)

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