Ithaca College’s bachelor of fine arts in acting offers the rigorous, highly-individualized training of a conservatory within the enriching foundation of a comprehensive education. Through a range of classroom and performance experiences that prepare actors for the profession, our faculty are committed to helping you develop and deepen your talent and hone your technique and expressive abilities.
The core of our acting curriculum is two years of foundation work in voice, movement, and scene study. You’ll also participate in 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. Acting students are eligible to audition beginning in their first semester, and required to audition in every subsequent semester, providing ample experience in general auditions and callbacks. Ithaca’s professional venues regularly audition (and hire) current IC students as well, giving you important early exposure to the professional production process.
As you make progress through your sophomore year, you’ll be evaluated regularly by the faculty, and given clear, specific feedback on your strengths and areas for growth. In the junior and senior years, you will 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 the Department of Theatre Arts website conveys the breadth and depth of IC’s presence in the entertainment industry.