BFA Acting and Directing with Honours

Lights, camera, action! Develop your craft and become a force to be reckoned with in the world of Acting and Directing.


"Elevate your creative vision and master the art of performance with our Acting and Directing program at the School of The Arts, USM."

The program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the principles and techniques of acting and directing, as well as a deep understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of theater and film. Students will learn how to analyze texts, create characters, and communicate effectively with audiences through a range of performance styles and techniques.

In addition to practical training in acting and directing, students will also study the technical aspects of production, such as lighting, sound, and set design. They will learn about the business aspects of the industry, such as marketing, funding, and self-promotion, and will have the opportunity to work on productions both on and off-campus.

The program is taught by experienced faculty members who are experts in their field, and who provide students with the guidance and support they need to develop their skills and reach their full potential. Students will also have the opportunity to work with visiting artists, who will provide additional training and insight into the industry.

Upon graduation, students will be well-prepared to pursue careers in acting and directing for stage and screen, as well as related fields such as film and television production, screenwriting, and theater management. They may also choose to further their studies in a related field at the postgraduate level, such as theater or film studies.

Overall, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing with Honours program at the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia is an excellent choice for students who are passionate about the performing arts, and who want to develop their skills and pursue a career in this exciting and rewarding field.

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The Fine Arts (Acting and Directing) programme in the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia is designed to focus on trained senses, giving an avenue to innovative acting and directing as well as meeting and overcoming performance challenges.






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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.

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), matriculation with PNGK 2.00 (for applicants from matriculation programme only), diplomas with PNGK 2.00 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 

Semester Fees

RM1620.00. per-semester (recurring fees). The duration of all programmes are 8 semester.

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

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Start your academic adventure with us!

For further information please contact:
Dr Andika Aziz Hussin
Drama & Theatre Department
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School of The Arts
Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang Malaysia

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