Acting Classes in Sacramento, CA with School Options

Sep 24, 2018

Research acting classes in the Sacramento area, which currently has 7 schools offering degree programs. Read an overview of acting programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools less than 20 miles from downtown and decide which program is right for you.

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Sacramento Schools with Acting Classes

Students interested in taking acting classes in the Sacramento area can choose from several schools that offer degree programs at many levels. This article examines three schools within a 25-minute drive of downtown. It also includes a table that lets prospective students see how the schools compare in various categories, such as costs, enrollment and acceptance rates. At the end of the article is a little information about several other Sacramento area schools with acting classes.

  • About 3 miles from downtown, California State University-Sacramento offers a bachelor's degree in theatre.
  • The University of California at Davis, which is 14 miles away from downtown Sacramento, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the dramatic arts and a doctoral program in performance studies.
  • A 2-year school only five miles from downtown, Sacramento City College offers an associate's degree in theatre arts with an emphasis in acting and directing.

Comparison of Schools

Students looking for a school at which to study acting will want to consider many factors. This table offers a simple way to compare these three schools and make the best decision.

California State University-Sacramento University of California-Davis Sacramento City College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 31,255* 37,380* 21,323*
Campus Setting Large city Small suburb Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-18) $7,204 in-state; $19,084 out-of-state* $14,419 in-state; $42,433 out-of-state* $1,104 for in-state; $8,208 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 84%* 70%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 68%* 43%* Open admissions policy*
Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 83% for full-time students; 66% for part-time students* 93% for full-time students; 80% for part-time students* 65% for full-time students; 25% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 48% (students who started Fall 2011)* 85% (students who started Fall 2011)* 24% (students who started Fall 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

California State University - Sacramento

California State University - Sacramento's Department of Theatre and Dance offers a bachelor's degree in theatre. The department oversees four to six major productions a year, giving students various performance opportunities. There are also Latino and African-American theatre productions.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

The university's Bachelor of Arts in Theatre provides comprehensive training in acting, movement, voice and audition techniques. Students also learn about theater history and literature. This is a 120-credit program that requires a minimum grade of 'C-' in all major courses. There are several acting study classes that cover topics such as analyzing text, improvisation, role development, acting styles, subtext and heightened language.

University of California at Davis

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California at Davis offers a bachelor's and master's degree in dramatic art, as well as a doctorate in performance studies. The department is a producer in the state-of-the-art Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and presents a mix of productions utilizing various performance styles.

Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art

The university's Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art offers an emphasis in theatre and in dance. Students learn to participate in all aspects of theatre production, including acting, dance, stage management, directing, choreography and playwriting. They also learn backstage technical skills in areas such as set design, sound and lighting, and costumes. This undergraduate degree program is taught by a diverse group of faculty.

Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Art

The university's Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Art is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students to develop professionally and artistically. The program covers a range of performance-related areas, including acting, design, directing and choreography. Students participate in the department's productions, big and small.

Doctor of Philosophy in Performance Studies

The Ph.D. in Performance Studies is part of the Graduate Group Program at the University of California-Davis. This group works with faculty throughout the various departments, including the Department of Theatre and Dance. Doctorate students may work as teaching assistants. The program focuses on research in performance studies, as well as on the theory, criticism and history of theatre and dance.

Sacramento City College

Sacramento City College offers an associate's degree in theatre for individuals interested in acting classes. Students learn about theatre production, including acting, playwriting and directing. This program may be transferable to 4-year universities; students should consult with their intended transfer school to ensure courses are transferable.

Associate of Arts in Theatre Arts - Acting/Directing Emphasis

This 60-unit program is designed to provide students with an overall understanding of theatre production. Students learn to recognize common practices of ensemble rehearsals and performances, and to analyze acting and directing theories and techniques. They also learn to develop skills in directing and acting, including staging, actor coaching, text analysis and design. The program also provides training in the technical aspects of theatre production. Program courses include styles of acting, Shakespeare, acting for the camera, playwriting, one-act play workshop and theatre movement.

Other School Options

Other school options for acting classes in Sacramento are American River College, which offers a certificate and an associate's degree in acting, and Cosumnes River College, which offers an associate's degree in theatre arts.

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