Miami Acting Schools
Students in the Miami area can take acting courses as part of associate's and bachelor's degree programs at several schools. This article profiles three that are close to downtown. Also included is a table of information about each school, including type, size, tuition and acceptance rates. Additionally, there is some information on other Miami-area schools with acting programs at the end of this article.
- Florida International University is near downtown Miami. This school offers bachelor's programs in theatre and performance.
- Situated about 10 miles from downtown, Miami Dade College offers an associate's program in theatre.
- About 7 miles from downtown, in Coral Gables, the University of Miami offers a variety of bachelor's programs in acting and theatre.
Comparison of Schools
Prospective students can use the information in this table to quickly compare the three schools in various important aspects and make an informed choice regarding their education.
|Florida International University||Miami Dade College||University of Miami|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year (primarily associate's); public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||56,718*||56,001*||17,003*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$6,556 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*||$2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*||$48,484*|
|% of First Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||86%*||82%*||76%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||54%*||N/A - Open admissions*||36%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||88% full-time; 77% part-time*||N/A*||91% full-time; 88% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate (students began 2011)||57% (19% transfer-out rate)*||31% (7% transfer-out rate)*||84%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Florida International University
Theatre majors are required to audition for productions to supplement classroom instruction. The theatre programs are offered through the the School of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA).
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
This program is geared toward individuals who wish to teach in secondary schools, those who desire a double major or students who seek a wide liberal arts background. It's also possible to apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program after completing foundation classes. Students in this program take part in three levels of acting classes, in addition to courses such as theatre movement, theatre voice/speech, theatre history, dramatic literature, script analysis, scenic/lighting design, costume techniques, stagecraft and directing. Additionally, they complete technical theatre labs, a senior thesis, theatre electives and a design course.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance
Students who intend to work as theatre professionals or who plan to attend graduate school might be interested in this program. The same foundation courses are required as in the Bachelor of Arts program, after which students take level four through eight acting classes, advanced theatre voice/movement and special topics in theatre performance. Degree completion also requires classes in playwriting, elective courses and a senior project.
Miami Dade College
This theatre degree program is available through the Department of Arts and Philosophy. Although acting classes and degree programs are available at multiple campus locations, the main campus, also known as the Wolfson campus, is located the closest to downtown Miami.
Associate in Arts in Drama or Drama Education
Classes in this 2-year program include two levels of acting, theatre appreciation, main stage production, beginning jazz, opera workshop, voice for the stage, improvisation for theatre, stage/studio performance and musical theatre. In addition, students complete general education courses to earn the required 59-61 credits. Opportunities are available for students to participate in performances as actors, directors and writers.
University of Miami
The Department of Theatre Arts has a faculty and staff of nearly 20 members, according to the school website in 2018. This department strives to help students attain their goals of working in film, theatre and television or to prepare them for top-tier graduate programs.
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
This liberal arts degree program provides students the opportunity to sample various types of classes and even allows them to choose a second major. Auditions aren't required for admittance, and full-time professionals instruct students. Core classes include acting, costumes, scenery, prop construction, lighting and theatre history.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
Candidates interview or audition for acceptance into this program. Aspiring actors enrolled in this competitive program take classes such as voice/speech, acting, dance, movement and singing. In addition to taking classes offered by full-time faculty, students can receive instruction from guest directors and artists.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
Applicants must audition or interview to gain admittance. Required classes include dancing, movement, singing, acting and voice/speech. This highly competitive program prepares students for non-musical theatre as well as musical stage careers.
Other School Options
The Department of Fine Arts at Barry University, located about 15 miles from downtown Miami, offers bachelor's degrees in theatre with workshop-style acting classes. Situated almost 25 miles from Miami, in Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University offers a bachelor's degree with a theatre major through the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.