BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Commercials, and Voice-overs

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BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Commercials and Voice-overs

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting for Film, Television, Commercials, and Voice-overs (FTCV) major at Pace School of Performing Arts is the first undergraduate university program in the U.S. focused entirely on training the actor for work in front of the camera and microphone. FTCV re-examines the training of the contemporary actor and media performer from top to bottom. It offers a fresh approach to acting as well as physical and vocal preparation. With studio classes, performance opportunities, and individual attention all in the heart of New York City, Pace Performing Arts’ FTCV major readies the young actor for entry in to today's multi-faceted industry.

A New Approach

The BFA Acting-FTCV is a groundbreaking program in U.S. colleges and universities and is poised to set the training standard for the screen actor and voice-over artist. Our conservatory-like model provides sequential training including 4 years of acting for film & TV, 3 years of physical prep, 2 years of vocal production and speech, 1 year of commercial acting, 1 year of voice-over technique, plus courses in film script analysis, TV script analysis, film and TV history courses, and much more. Students participate in a senior year showcase/capstone and leave the program with a professional reel ready to navigate the New York or L.A. film and television industry.

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A Working Faculty

Our faculty is comprised of New York-based and world-renowned professionals who work in the business and also possess the desire to educate young artists. Your professors can be: award winning directors, major motion picture actors, Broadway company members, casting directors, artistic directors, or founding members of their own companies.

Showcase Your Talent

Students in the BFA Acting-FTCV program have the opportunity to audition for and perform in departmental productions in the same way any other performing arts major does – perhaps in one of our 50-plus productions per year – but also in major-specific film and TV projects. Special screen-based productions are integral components of the FTCV major and allow students for practical application of the technique and skill honed in the classroom/studio.

A Chance To Connect

The Pace School of Performing Arts is strategically located – our New York City campus is at the pulse of the theater community where you begin building your career network the day you arrive at Pace, not the day you graduate. With faculty approval and guidance, students are permitted to seek out professional opportunities while still enrolled in the program.

Our guest directors and master class artists are some of the top minds in the field. Recent visiting artists include Andy Blankenbuehler, John Doyle, Mandy Moore, Jack O’Brien, Michael Grief, David Stone, Joanna Gleason, Adam Guettel, Jerry Mitchell, Stephen Flaherty, Rachel Chavkin.

Your career begins the day you enter the Pace School of Performing Arts not the day you graduate!

Become One of Us

All applicants must first read the complete audition requirements and then upload the required materials to Acceptd. If a callback has been issued, the second audition will require you to attend one of our on-campus or regional auditions (details below).

Applicants should prepare two contemporary, contrasting monologues from published full-length plays. Each monologue should not exceed 90 seconds. The selections must be memorized and performed without a prompter or referring to the script. The monologue should be age appropriate. At the audition, you will likely perform one of the two monologues in which you uploaded on Acceptd. You may use the same monologues they submitted on Acceptd, or you may choose new material; most choose to keep the same material.

At on-campus auditions, during check-in you will be given instructions for a screen test as a component of the audition. This does not require preparation and is used to determine preparedness for study in this major.

The BFA Acting for Film, TV, Commercials, and Voice-overs audition is scheduled in four hour blocks, but may take less time to complete. Please reserve at least this amount of time on audition day.

Audition results are mailed from the School of Performing Arts after all audition dates have passed – usually in mid-March. Only students who have been admitted to Pace for academic study will receive audition result letters.