Ithaca College’s BFA in Acting offers the rigorous, highly-individualized training of a conservatory within the enriching foundation of a liberal arts education. Through a range of classroom and performance experiences that prepare actors for the profession, our faculty are committed to helping young artists develop and deepen their talent and hone their technique and expressive abilities.
The core of our acting curriculum is two years of foundation work in voice, movement, and scene study. Accompanying these required courses are classes and production assignments that encourage collaboration with other theatre majors in the department in theatre studies, management, design and technology. Our mainstage and workshop productions provide important opportunities for synthesizing classwork and establishing a professional work ethic. Ithaca College produces two musicals in most years, and a dance concert in alternating years, in addition to four plays and an opera. BFA Acting students are eligible to audition beginning in their first semester, and required to audition in every subsequent semester. This provides students with ample audition opportunities and experience in general auditions and callbacks. Ithaca’s professional venues regularly audition (and hire) current IC students, giving important early exposure to the professional production process.
As actors make progress through their sophomore year, they are evaluated regularly by the faculty, and given clear, specific feedback on their strengths and areas for growth. In the junior and senior years, BFA Actors take advanced courses in acting for the camera, speech, dialects, styles of acting, audition techniques, and basic business practice. Many students take advantage of Ithaca College’s London Center and spend the fall semester of their junior year studying British drama and culture. In the senior year, opportunities include workshops and master classes that help facilitate the transition to the profession. Most students attend a one-week Field Studies trip to New York City, connecting with a rich network of IC alumni in the entertainment business. Our alumni are committed to providing an important link to the industry, whether in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or in theatre centers around the world. The Alumni Resources section of our website conveys the breadth and depth of IC’s presence in the entertainment industry.