Skilled Trades & Vocational

Acting is no normal job and an acting degree is no normal course of study. But, if acting is a passion that calls for your attention above all else, an acting degree may be your chance at the limelight.

Types of Degrees

There is no true formal education requirement for those looking to break into the entertainment business but a bachelor's degree in theater arts, drama, acting, and performing can help you gain the technical skills and performance experience you need. In the entertainment business, experience is oftentimes more highly valued than education.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent with a strong acting background in community or school-based theater and drama clubs is important. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT are often required. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school

Career Opportunities After Earning A Degree

Acting school graduates have a range of career opportunities including:

Post Graduate Salary Information

Acting jobs are temporary in nature, so the median salary is typically calculated on an hourly basis. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an actor was $20.43 per hour in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely depending on geographical location and the type of production the actor is performing in. Typically, those working in theater can expect a lower salary than those working in television or film.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.