College of Fine & Applied Arts


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

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

60% four-year graduation rate

70% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898