Acting for Theatre, Film & Television

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

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


An Immersive New Program Designed for the Next Generation of Great ActorsThe New Group Logo

The BFA in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television at LIU Brooklyn is designed for students interested in conservatory studio training in acting on stage, and on camera in film and television. This exciting program offers students a comprehensible sequence of study that has a viable, professional application, and prepares them for the modern acting industry.

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 75 powerful, 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 of The 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


Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to the BFA in Acting program, an audition is required. Students should prepare two short contrasting monologues in English and bring a headshot and resume.

International students and domestic students who are unable to audition on site may submit a video audition. All audition materials must be in English.

Essay:

Students should prepare a one-page essay on why they wish to pursue a degree in Acting, and what their personal artistic goals are.

Contact:

To register for an audition, submit materials, or ask questions about the program, please email bkln-acting@liu.edu

Curriculum

B.F.A. in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television - Sample Course of Study

First Year: 33 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

TFT 120 - Studio I: Acting Voice and Movement

6

TFT 121 - Studio II: Acting Voice and Movement

6

TFT 130 - The Contemporary Performance Industry

3

THE 1391 / MA 1581 - On-Camera Performance I

3

TFT 190 - Production Lab I

1

TFT 191 - Production Lab II

1

FYS 01 – First Year Seminar

1

TFT 100 - Theater History and Play Analysis

3

ENG 16 – English Composition

3

ENG 61/62/63 or 64 – English Literature

3

SPE 3  Oral Communication

3

 

 

Total

17

 

16

Second Year: 32 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

TFT 122 - Studio III: Acting Voice and Movement

6

TFT 123 - Studio IV: Acting Voice and Movement

6

MA 106 - Video Workshop OR MA 102 - TV Production I

3

THE 1392 / MA 1592  - On-Camera Performance II

3

TFT 192 - Production Lab III

1

TFT 193 -  Production Lab IV

1

PHI 61 or 62 - Philosophy

3

History Core Requirement

3

Foreign Language Core Requirement

3

Social Science Core Requirement

3

Total

16

 

16

Third Year: 30 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

TFT 124 - Studio V: Acting Voice and Movement

6

TFT 125 - Studio VI: Acting Voice and Movement

3

THE 1393 / MA 1583 - On Camera Performance III

3

MA 152 - Writing the Screenplay OR THE 1221 Playwriting I

3

TFT 194 - Production Lab V

1

THE 1394 / MA 1584 - On Camera Performance IV

3

MTH 15 or 16 – Math Core Requirement

4

THE 1201 - Directing for Theater OR MA 155 - Directing the Moving Image

3

 

 

TFT 195 - Production Lab VI

1

 

 

Social Science Core Requirement

3

Total

14

 

16

Fourth Year: 25 Credits

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

TFT 200 - Capstone I

2

TFT 201 - Capstone II

3

TFT 131 - Business of Theatre, Film and Television

3

TFT 180 - Performance in the 21st Century Theater and Media

3

TFT 187 - Film and Television Studies

3

TFT 197 - Production Lab VIII

1

TFT 196 - Production Lab VII

1

TFT 199 -  Internship

3

Lab Science Core Requirement (Bio/CHM/PHY)

4

TFT 220 - Showcase

2

Total

13

 

12

 

Total: 120 Credits

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Scott Krawczyk, Dean