There are a number of nationally accredited Christian schools that offer acting programs. Below, we'll look at just a few of the schools, as well as their denomination affiliation and tuition costs.
Looking for a university can be one of the most stressful times in a student's career. Narrowing your search to a Christian college that offers a specific major, such as acting, can be even more difficult. This article will look at seven Christian colleges that have degree programs for aspiring actors.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018*)|
|Regent University||4-year, private||Non-denominational||Virginia Beach, VA||$17,288|
|Gordon College||4-year, private||Interdenominational||Wenham, MA||$36,740|
|Azusa Pacific University||4-year, private||Undenominational||Azusa, CA||$37,506|
|Abilene Christian University||4-year, private||Church of Christ||Abilene, TX,||$33,330|
|Covenant College||4-year, private||Presbyterian||Lookout Mountain, GA||$33,170|
|Taylor University||4-year, private||Interdenominational||Upland, IN||$32,885|
|Liberty University||4-year, private||Evangelical||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of Christian Schools with Acting Programs
When looking for acting programs, students will typically find a number of synonyms used. Rather than an acting degree, you'll be more likely to find a degree program in film, stage, musical theatre or theatre. The colleges highlighted here offer relevant bachelor's and/or master's degrees.
Unlike some 2-year master's degree programs, Regent University offers a 3-year Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program. This 60-credit hour program looks at conventional and detailed topics of acting and stage performances, such as the Meisner technique, dialects and rapier techniques for the stage. Regent also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting. Classes are often a bit larger, with the average student to teacher ratio for the college being around 41:1. It is no surprise then to find that Regent sits on a large campus in Virginia Beach and has a student population of roughly 8,300.
A much smaller college than Regent, Gordon College is about a fourth the size, with only 2,000 students. On par with this, the student to teacher ratio is 12:1. Gordon's bachelor's program offers both majors and minors in theatre arts, as well as numerous extracurricular groups and programs that can help students make connections and build their acting skills. An International Seminar Program takes students on a 2-week trip to London, where they have the chance to meet with professional stage actors and directors. Each month, Gordon hosts a theatre hour that invites alumni with professional experience back to connect with current students.
Azusa Pacific University
Located in Azusa, CA, this university boasts that it is only 25 miles from Hollywood. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting is a 63-credit program and can be completed by students who live either on or off campus. Prospective students will experience part of the acting profession before even gaining entry into the program as they take part in an audition for the program. Students must be accepted to the university before providing a headshot and auditioning for the acting program with 1-2 minute monologues and a 16-bar singing piece.
Abilene Christian University
Abilene accepts only 12 students each fall for the theatre BFA, so competition at auditions can be strong. Though only 12 students are selected each year for the theatre program, over 5,000 students are admitted to the university each year. Roughly 53% of these students are female. Abilene offers six focuses for their theatre program: acting, design/technical, directing, theatre ministry, musical theatre and theatre education.
Students interested in entering this bachelor's theatre program can expect to earn 126 credits for graduation with 49-51 of those focused on the major. Those seeking the minor can expect to take 17-22 theatre credits. Of the 1,058 students who were enrolled at Covenant College during the fall of 2016, 1,005 of them were undergraduates. Covenant also works with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga so that students can work in a secular production. Students can then meet with their professors to discuss what they learned about working outside of the Christian environment.
Taylor University has a small ratio of 12:1 students to teachers. There are 204 faculty members, 131 of those who are full-time. Students can major in either musical theatre or theatre arts. Musical theatre focuses on dancing, music, an vocal performance on top of the history of theatre and acting techniques. Financial aid is offered; in fact, 96% of Taylor University's students receive aid.
With nearly 76,000 students, Liberty University is the largest on this list. Liberty is well-prepared to handle this large number, since their student to teacher ratio is only 14:1. There are 1,756 full-time faculty members, and over 1,000 part-time professors. There is stiff competition to for admission, since only 24% of the average 35,627 applicants are accepted. Those who are interested in acting, can earn a BFA in Musical Theatre, a BFA in Acting or a BA/BS in Theatre Arts.