Receive a Well-Rounded Education for a Versatile Acting Career

Our program is designed for acting students to pursue career paths as unique as them and is dedicated to the training of exceptional actors who are ready to use their skills to impact culture for Christ. With the Bachelor of Science in Communications Media with emphasis in Acting, students are able to venture out into careers within theatre, television, film, and beyond.

Acting Curriculum

Acting Core

Become a well-rounded performing artist with a foundation in performing techniques, voice, speech, movement, character development, and the business of acting.

  • Acting I: Foundations
    Acting II: Action and Text
    Acting III: Character Building and Development
    Scene Study
    Voice and Speech
    Movement for the Actor
    Acting Practicum I

Choose a track

(or mix and match between them)

Acting for Screen

Prepare for a career in film and television acting, with courses on cold reading, screen acting techniques, voice acting, film directing, and motion capture performance.

  • Screen Acting
    Cold Reading
    Screen Acting Lab I
    Screen Acting Lab II
    Motion Capture Performance
    Voice Acting
    Fundamentals of Production
    Directing I
    Directing II
    Acting Practicum II

Acting for Stage

Sharpen your craft through regular stage performances, along with a deep study of playwrights such as William Shakespeare, Thornton Wilder, and Noel Coward.

  • Theatrical Production I
    Theatrical Production II
    Theatrical Production III
    Theatrical Production IV
    Playing Shakespeare I
    Playing Shakespeare II
    Shakespeare
    High Style in Comedy
    Ancient Greek Drama
    Acting Practicum II

Musical Theatre

Prepare for a career in musical theatre with disciplined training in singing, dancing, and annual musical productions.

  • Musical Theatre Production I
    Musical Theatre Production II
    Musical Theatre Production III
    Musical Theatre Production IV
    Vocal Techniques I
    Vocal Techniques II
    Shakespeare
    Dance Techniques I
    Dance Techniques II
    Ancient Greek Drama
    Acting Practicum II

General Education

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

Impact culture for Christ and grow in faith and understanding through a rich sequence of Scripture based Theology courses and Philosophy courses.

BUSINESS

Prepare for your career in acting with foundational skills in contract negotiation, marketing, career planning, and leadership.

HUMANITIES

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more.

Culture of Production

Whether your focus is on stage or screen, our collaborative campus culture provides abundant opportunities for developing your craft. You can audition for quarterly stage productions, building up a diverse repertoire of shows starting in their freshman year. And with multiple film shoots happening on any given week, you get to benefit from collaboration with the film program and build up your acting reel.

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Culture of Production

Whether your focus is on stage or screen, our collaborative campus culture provides abundant opportunities for developing your craft. You can audition for quarterly stage productions, building up a diverse repertoire of shows starting in their freshman year. And with multiple film shoots happening on any given week, you get to benefit from collaboration with the film program and build up your acting reel.

SEE THEATRE SEASON SEE STUDENT FILMS

Audition for Feature Length Films

JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program provides a revolutionary model of education that integrates feature film productions into the curriculum. This platform provides film students the opportunity to collaborate with alumni and professors each year in bringing a new film to life. In addition, acting students may audition for suitable roles, or receive valuable perspective by assisting in the casting process.

SEE HOW IT WORKS

Audition for Feature Length Films

JPCatholic’s Feature Film Program provides a revolutionary model of education that integrates feature film productions into the curriculum. This platform provides film students the opportunity to collaborate with alumni and professors each year in bringing a new film to life. In addition, acting students may audition for suitable roles, or receive valuable perspective by assisting in the casting process.

SEE HOW IT WORKS

Voice Acting & Motion Capture

In addition to the highly active film culture on campus, acting students can also collaborate with our Animation and Game Development students in bringing animated characters to life through motion capture and vocal performance. You’ll have the opportunity to take coursework on using a motion capture suit and how to integrate those performances with a game engine.

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Voice Acting & Motion Capture

In addition to the highly active film culture on campus, acting students can also collaborate with our Animation and Game Development students in bringing animated characters to life through motion capture and vocal performance. You’ll have the opportunity to take coursework on using a motion capture suit and how to integrate those performances with a game engine.

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Double Emphasis in Acting & Film

Pursue your passion both behind the camera and in front of it. If you’re interested in further diversifying your skill set you can simultaneously pursue an emphasis in Film Production & Directing.

SEE FILM PROGRAM

Double Emphasis in Acting & Film

Pursue your passion both behind the camera and in front of it. If you’re interested in further diversifying your skill set you can simultaneously pursue an emphasis in Film Production & Directing.

SEE FILM PROGRAM

Communications Media Core

Receive a well-rounded education that provides insights into the entertainment industry, career strategies, and visual storytelling through the Communications Media classes.

SEE MEDIA CORE

Communications Media Core

Receive a well-rounded education that provides insights into the entertainment industry, career strategies, and visual storytelling through the Communications Media classes.

SEE MEDIA CORE

Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

SEE STUDENT STORIES

Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Located in San Diego County

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships, networking, and auditions.

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Quarter in L.A.

As an upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to live in Burbank for a quarter, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, auditions, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Study Abroad

JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student.

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JPCatholic Theatre Productions

Make audiences laugh, cry tears of joy and sorrow, and think deeply; make an impact by showing the human experience through productions that span genres and time. Each JPCatholic Theatre Productions season includes four shows performed at the historic Ritz Theater or our soundstage.

Behind the Scenes Videos

As You Like It

Spring 2021

The Addams Family

Winter 2020

Pride & Prejudice

Fall 2020

Shrek the Musical Poster

Shrek the Musical

Fall 2019

Midsummer Night's Dream

Spring 2019

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Spring 2019

The Crucible

Winter 2019

Fiddler on the Roof

Fall 2018

Meet the Faculty

With small class sizes and mentorship, professors are able to provide individualized training. They bring decades of experience from varied backgrounds in theatre and film.

Abbie Cobb

Abbie Cobb

Adjunct Professor of Acting

Lee Eskey

Lee Eskey

Professor and Chair of Acting

Monique Gaffney

Monique Gaffney

Adjunct Professor of Acting

Rebecca Huber

Rebecca Huber

Adjunct Faculty for Vocal Performance

Robert Giracello

Dr. Robert Giracello

Adjunct Professor of Music

Steven Kramp

Steven Kramp

Professor of Creative Writing and Chair of Humanities and Theology

Hear from Students & Professors

Making an ASL Film | Acting Thesis Project "Rose and Raven"

Backstage with "Pride and Prejudice"

Love What You Do | Acting Professor Evangeline Angie Bitsko

Prof. Rebecca Huber: Mastering Vocal Techniques | Faculty Spotlight

Margie Curran: Learning Virtue from Your Characters | Why We Create

Backstage with "Shrek the Musical"

Prof. Lee Eskey discusses the Acting program

Planning Fight Scenes with Codename Leto | Behind the Scenes

JJ Schindler: Revealing Beauty to Audiences | Why We Create