This is one of the acting schools in Jacksonville that offers both a BA in Theater Arts and a BFA in Performance.
Classes include acting, movement, voice and diction, scene study, makeup and text analysis, as well as technical theater, theater design, directing, stage lighting and theater history. After being evaluated during their first year of studies, students are encouraged to pursue either the BA or BFA.
Students in the BA program can specialize in acting by choosing specific electives like Shakespeare or film studies.
BFA students take additional classes like voice, dance, music theater, audition technique, and dialects, and have to complete an internship and create a senior project to graduate.
Performance opportunities: This Jacksonville acting school produces 5 mainstage shows at a 475-seat theater each year. Actors can audition for these shows as early as their freshman year and can also perform in several other student productions staged at a smaller black box theater. Students can also appear in children and community theater in the area.
Career preparation: Students have an opportunity to audition at 2 major theater conferences where they can find internships and employment opportunities.
Degree: BA in Theatre Arts, BFA in Performance.
Financial Aid: The school offers institutional scholarships, grants and loans on top of federal and state grants, loans and work-study programs.
What you’ll need to apply: Transcripts and test scores. A letter of recommendation and personal statement are preferred. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to come to audition at the acting school in Jacksonville but it is not a requirement.