Year by Year

See what four years might look like in this major.

Throughout the four years, you develop yourself as an educated and skilled theatre artist in classwork and practice. Abundant performance projects of many types in many venues afford the opportunities to apply your techniques as you continue to develop them.


Training begins immediately, with six hours of voice and movement training per week and four of acting, providing a combination of studio practice and analytical/theory skills. Progress is evaluated and organized around a set of competencies in foundational skill development so you can start on the road to becoming a fully qualified, educated actor. Begin to understand and identify any limiting habits in acting, voice and movement, and to identify and mobilize new and more useful ones.


Building on your foundational skills, you develop the next higher set of competencies in your craft, training in transformational acting and being an active contributor to the world of the play. Voice and speech class separates from movement class in order to focus on more specific techniques and skills, such as learning the International Phonetic Alphabet. Movement class exposes you to a variety of pedagogies to help you transform into a greater level of expressivity through mask work and other physical theatre approaches. Heightened text helps your voice and speech work develop into rich use and understanding of complex language.


Increase your flexibility as an artist and gain understanding by electing to take courses in Directing, Playwriting, or Theory. If you choose to take a semester abroad, most likely at Ithaca College's London Center, or in Moscow, through the National Theatre Institute, you will broaden your perspective on the world and your place within it. Your competence in heightened text strengthens through your work in Advanced Voice and Speech and Styles of Acting (sometimes taken in senior year), as you continue to synthesize the techniques you have worked to acquire and you develop an increased sense of independence in applying those skills. Greater flexibility in your schedule allows for increased creation of, or participation in, your own and others' theatre and independent film projects.


If you went to London in your junior year, you’ll be taking Styles of Acting and Advanced Voice and Speech, in addition to on-camera acting, stage dialects, (learning several basic dialects and developing the ability to teach yourself a new dialect as needed). A dramatic theory course will enhance your ability to analyze theatrical material and approach a script with awareness and artistry, and think critically about performance in new ways. Professional preparation coursework helps you transition into your career, including our Field Studies week in New York City, filled with shows, workshops and seminars with IC theatre alumni who are working in the business. Our Showcase provides an opportunity to present your material before an audience of industry professionals.

ACT Catalog Program Requirements

Take a look a the requirements for this major.

file-outline ACT Pathway - act-pathway_1.pdf (45.97 KB)
file-outline Proposed Acting Program Revision for Fall 2023 - PROPOSED ACT_0.pdf (71.69 KB)