Drama & Theatre - BFA (Hons) Acting & Directing

The programme is designed to focus on trained senses, giving avenue to innovative acting and directing as well as meeting and overcoming performance challenges.

The BFA Degree in Acting and Directing is the most comprehensive practical degree offered in a Malaysian university. There are courses in contemporary acting, directing and scenography supported by performing skills courses in traditional theatre such as Mak Yong, Wayang Kulit and Bangsawan, preparing graduates for a flexible stage career. We embrace a global audience. Our highest aim is to train artistic leaders - in every theatrical discipline - who create bold new works that astonish the mind, challenge the heart, and delight the senses.

We foster curiosity, invention, bravery, and humour, promoting practical innovation and personal revelation as lifelong habits of the performing artist. This degree reflects the diversity and excitement of the subject in the new Millenium and gives students the opportunity to look at the theory and practice of performance in a range of media.

+ Assessment
Performances, Production Processes, Model Boxes, Journals, Essays, Exhibitions, Library Searches, and Timed Examinations.

+ Job Opportunities 
Theatre and Film/TV Director, Producer, Professional Actor, Academician, Stage Manager, Events Manager, Broadcaster, Cultural Officer, Production and Company Management, Publicity and Marketing, Literary and Artistic Management, TV Research, Theatre Outreach Work.

+ Programme Outline 

Introduction to Performing Arts
Fundamental of Acting

Fundamental of Fine Arts
Fundamental of Music
Fundamental of 
Production Management 
Script Analysis

STAGE 100 
Acting 1
Directing 1

Traditional Malay Theatre
Drama and Children Theatre
Fundamentals of Traditional and
Contemporary Dance
Asian Theatre
Technical Theatre 1 – Stagecraft

Directing 2
Acting 2
Industrial Training

Theory and Technique of Traditional Acting
Fundamental of Script Writing
Malay Traditional Theatre 2 (Mak Yong)
History of Western Theatre
Technical Theatre 2 – Lighting

Art Project

Traditional Malay Theatre 3 (Bangsawan)
Performance Theory
Arts Perception
Malaysian Modern Drama and Theatre
Technical Theatre 3

+ Admission Requirements
Minimum entry requirements to all programmes are Malaysian Higher School Certificate of Education and Malaysian Certificate of Education with a credit pass in Bahasa Malaysia. Applicants with previous professional / industrial experience may be accepted in lieu of some, or all, of the formal academic requirements.

As for the international students, academic qualifications which are considered to be equivalent will be placed into consideration. Applicants will be advised on the matter.

STPM with PNGK 2.00, MUET-band 2, interview & audition, art & design portfolio (to be reviewed during interview), pass the USM MunsYI Test, matriculate with PNGK 2.00 (for applicants from matriculation programme only), diploma that are recognized by the university senate (for applicants from diploma programme only) AND pass the USM interview.

For further information, please visit: USM's Admission Department 

+ Fees 
RM780.00 per-semester (recurring fees). The duration of all programmes are 6 semester.

For details on non-recurring fees please visit: USM's Admission Department

+ Contact 
For further information please contact:

En. Halimi Mohamad Noh
Chairperson / Senior Lecturer [Drama & Theatre Sect.]
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04 - 653 2333