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Acting

College of Fine & Applied Arts

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What is Acting?

This program is a concentration within Theatre. It provides in-depth training in a variety of performing media with a personal approach. You’ll spend the first 2 years studying all types of theatre. You will also take introductory courses in movement, voice, and acting. After passing a review to enter your final 2 years, you’ll meet in daily 4-hour studio sessions that expand on your previous studies. These may include training in Shakespeare, dialects, stage combat, contemporary and period plays, musical theatre, and on-camera technique. You can apply directly into this concentration, although you must pass an audition before being accepted.

Career Options

  • Film
  • Musical theatre
  • Teaching
  • Television
  • Theatre

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,858
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $33,818

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $31,308
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $51,608

International

  • Tuition: $32,198
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,498
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