Acting for Theatre, Film & Television

SCHOOL OF ARTS

B.F.A. in Acting for Theatre, Film & Television


This B.F.A. program is designed for students interested in rigorous conservatory studio training in acting on stage in theatre, and on-camera in film and television. The comprehensive sequence of study has a practical, professional application, preparing students for the modern acting industry. Classes in stage acting, voice & speech and movement are offered in partnership with The New Group, a renowned theatre company in New York City. At The New Group, students will study with accomplished professionals and seasoned actors. By studying under the studio

An Immersive New Program Designed for the Next Generation of Great Actors

Studio Partnership

The program offers acting, voice & speech and movement classes in partnership with The New Group, a renowned theater company in New York City. Students take acting, speech and movement classes from company faculty of accomplished professionals and seasoned actors. By studying under the studio model at a professional theater company, our students immerse themselves in the art of acting, network with industry experts, attend performances, and participate in master classes and talkbacks with actors performing in The New Group’s works.

About The New Group

The New Group, led by founding Artistic Director Scott Elliott and Executive Director Adam Bernstein, is an award-winning, artist-driven company committed to

developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater for over twenty years. While constantly evolving, The New Group strives to maintain an ensemble approach to all their work and an articulated style of emotional immediacy in the acting and productions.
In this way, we seek a theater that is adventurous, stimulating and most importantly "now", a true forum for the present culture. For more than twenty years, Scott Elliott has fostered an environment where a community of artists can experiment, take risks and learn from each other away from the pressures of commercial theater, leading to the production of over 75powerful, contemporary theater pieces featuring some of today's most compelling performers. The New Group has received over 100 awards and nominations for excellence including the 2004 Tony Award for best musical (Avenue Q). The New Group and Scott Elliott were honored with a 2010-2011 Drama Desk Special Award "for presenting contemporary new voices, and for uncompromisingly raw and powerful productions." In 2016, our productions ofThe Spoils and Buried Child, both directed by Scott Elliott, played critically-acclaimed sold-out runs on the West End at Trafalgar Studios in London. 

Artists who have performed and/or worked with The New Group in recent years include F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Sutton Foster, Ethan Hawke, Holly Hunter, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Madigan, Megan Mullally, Kunal Nayaar, Rhea Perlman, Bill Pullman, Chloë Sevigny, Wallace Shawn and Dianne Wiest, to name a few.  

Learn more at TheNewGroup.org

The Actor as a Creative Entrepreneur

In addition to robust acting training, our students are prepared to be creators and producers of new work. The program covers the important facets of on-stage and behind-the-scenes theatre, as well as on-camera performance and production. In their final year, students work with a mentor to create capstone projects in their chosen fields of theatre, film, television, or any combination thereof. This project is the culmination of the BFA program and prepares students for the field of their choice in the professional realm.

Preparing the Working Actor

Starting in the first semester, students learn how to navigate the business side of the performance industry and market themselves as actors. They will learn how to prepare headshots, resumes, reels, and develop their own personal website & online presence through social media. The four-year course of study ends with a showcase where students perform monologues and scenes in front of a panel of invited industry agents, managers, and casting directors.

In the Heart of Brooklyn

Surrounding the LIU Brooklyn campus is a flourishing and continuously expanding arts and cultural community, including:

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
  • Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA)
  • Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
  • Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC)
  • Steiner Studios (Brooklyn’s Film and Television production and support facility)
  • The Independent Film Industry
  • Mark Morris Dance Center

The program is designed to connect students with the growing downtown Brooklyn arts, film, and theatre scene, and with Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, regional theatre companies as well as the Manhattan film, video, and webcast industries.

Photo Credits: Monique Carboni, Jody Christopherson,  Dan Henry, Jordan Matter


Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
MA 187 Film and Television Studies 3
MA 1581 On-Camera Performance I 3
MA 1582 On-Camera Performance II 3
MA 1583 On-Camera Performance III 3
TFT 100 Theatre History and Play Analysis 3
TFT 120 Studio I - Acting, Voice and Movement  6
TFT 121 Studio II - Acting, Voice and Movement 
6
TFT 122 Studio III - Acting, Voice and Movement 
6
TFT 123 Studio IV - Acting, Voice and Movement 
6
TFT 124 Studio V - Acting, Voice and Movement 
6
TFT 125 Studio VI - Acting, Voice and Movement 
6
TFT 130 The Contemporary Performance Industry  3
TFT 131 Business of Theatre, Film and Television 3
TFT 180 Performance in 21st Century Theatre and Media 3
TFT 187 Film and Television Studies  3
TFT 190 Production Lab I 1
TFT 191 Production Lab II
1
TFT 192 Production Lab III
1
TFT 193 Production Lab IV
1
TFT 194 Production Lab V
1
TFT 195 Production Lab VI  1
TFT 196 Production Lab VII 1
TFT 197 Production Lav VIII 1
TFT 199 Internship 3
TFT 200 Capstone I 2
TFT 201 Capstone II 3
TFT 220 Showcase 2
THE 1391 On-Camera Performance I 3
THE 1392 On-Camera Performance II  3
THE 1393 On-Camera Performance III 3
Workshop/Production Requirement (One of the following) 
MA 102 Television Production I  3
MA 106 Video Workshop I  3
Require Writing Course (One of the following)
MA 152 Screenplay  3
MA 1481 Introduction to Playwriting  3
THE 1221 Introduction to Playwriting 3
Required Directing Course (One of the following) 
MA 155 Directing the Moving Image 3
MA 1601  Directing I  3
THE 1201 The Music Business 3

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 86
Total Core Requirement Credits 34-35
Total Degree Credits 120

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
English Composition
ENG 16/ ENG 16C English Composition 3
English Literature
Select one (1) course from the following:
ENG 61 European Literatures I 3
ENG 62 European Literatures II 3
ENG 63 American Literatures 3
ENG 64 Global Literatures 3
History
Select one (1) course from the following:
HIS 1 Perspectives in Pre-modern World History 3
HIS 2 Perspectives in Modern World History 3
Philosophy
PHI 60 Philosophical Explorations 3
Speech
SPE 3 Oral Communication 3
Mathematics
Select one (1) course from the following, unless major requirements list specific Math courses:
MTH 15 Math Tools and Their Use 4
MTH 16 Finite Mathematics 3
Science Lab-Based Course
Select one (1) course from the following:
BIO Biology 4
CHM Chemistry 4
PHY Physics 4
Foreign Language
Select one (1) course from the following:
SPA 11 Introductory Spanish I 3
SPA 12 Introductory Spanish II 3
ITL 11 Introductory Italian I 3
ITL 12 Introductory Italian II 3
FRE 11 Introductory French I 3
FRE 12 Introductory French II 3
Visual and Performing Arts
Select one (1) course from the following:
ART 61 Introduction to Visual Art 3
DNC 61 Dance Through Time 3
JOU 61 Journalism, Social Media, and You 3
MA 61 Media Arts and Technology 3
MUS 61 Music and Culture 3
THE 61 The Theatrical Vision 3
Social Sciences I
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3
Social Sciences II
Select any introductory course from the following:
Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology 3