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Acting degrees abroad

A degree in acting will prepare you for a future as an actor on screen, stage or any other media. It’s the ideal choice for students with a passion for performing, and many acting programs cover other performing arts like singing and dancing.

The approaches to acting and theater are different all over the world, so choosing to study abroad is a great way to gain a new perspective on the subject. There are hundreds of universities, colleges and drama schools that offer acting programs available all over the world.

Studying acting abroad is also a great way to broaden your personal horizons by experiencing a new culture, improving your language skills and making friends from all over the world.

Acting program structure

You can study for a degree in acting at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. At undergraduate level you can study for a BA in acting, or in some countries including the US and Canada you can study a BFA (bachelor of fine arts).

Most undergraduate degrees take up to four years to complete, and a master’s will be studied over one or two years. If you want to study a research or teaching-led doctorate in acting, this can take up to five years to complete depending on the program you choose.

The content and structure of each acting program will vary based on the university and country you study in. Some acting degrees incorporate other elements of drama or theater production, so it’s important you check the program curriculum before you apply.

Acting programs are usually taught using a combination of teacher-led classes, practical workshops and some lectures. You’ll often get the opportunity to make important industry connections and perform in front of agents and casting professionals.

Assessments take place through examinations, both written and practical, coursework and written reports. Many programs include a final year performance or showcase that will be assessed.

Modules and subject areas you might find on an acting program include:

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Acting study abroad programs

What are the top acting undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Pace University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Acting - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Acting
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    51,382USD
  • University of the West of England BristolDrama and Acting - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Theatre, Acting
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP
  • Adelphi UniversityTheatre: Acting - BFA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Theatre, Acting
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    47,270USD
  • Long Island University BrooklynActing for Theater, Film and Television - BFA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Television, Theatre, Film, Acting
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    39,458USD
  • Arizona State University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Theatre: Acting (Tempe Campus) - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Theatre, Acting
    Location
    Phoenix, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    34,398USD

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What are the top acting postgraduate programs abroad?

  • Bath Spa UniversityPerformance: Acting - MA

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Acting
    Location
    Bath, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    17,065GBP
  • Pace University (in partnership with Kaplan International)Actors Studio Drama School: Acting, Directing, and Playwriting - MFA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Playwriting, Directing, Acting
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    47,000USD
  • New York Film AcademyActing for Film - MFA

    • 20 months
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Film, Acting
    Location
    New York City, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    38,722USD
  • California State University, Long BeachTheatre Arts: Acting - MFA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Theatre, Acting
    Location
    Long Beach , USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    16,434USD

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Future acting careers

The dream and ambition of many acting students is to become a professional actor on stage or screen. However, that is not the only career path available - some of the most popular roles for acting graduates include:

  • Stage actor
  • Screen actor
  • Musical theater performer
  • Acting coach/teacher
  • Drama therapist
  • Theater director
  • Arts administrator

There are many other jobs you could pursue after you have completed your acting degree, both inside and outside of the performing arts area.

Many programs are designed to help you get work as an actor by helping you connect with useful contacts, preparing you for auditions and helping you build a professional showreel.

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