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Online Graduate Certificate in
Acting & Dramatic Interpretation

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Graduate Certificate in
Acting & Dramatic Interpretation?


The Graduate Certificate in Acting & Dramatic Interpretation teaches students acting as both an art form and a social, cultural event. Students learn theoretical principles of acting techniques and characterization, movement and voice, improvisation, acting for film and stage and the process of auditioning, rehearsing and performing. The program trains actors to deliver outstanding performances - and we don't mean performing in cheesy Christian plays. Rather, students learn how to move audiences by joining the mission of God in the world.

Actors are storytellers. Missional storytellers are essential to spreading the love of God to those in need. Missional actors have the potential to display God's glory through expressive forms that uplift His name and challenge audiences to see their own life issues from an eternal perspective. Missional actors often embed themselves in their arts community - providing a place for demonstrating and sharing their faith. Faith-based organizations often need actors to help them to more effectively share their organizational stories. As actors participate in the mission of God their own stories and the stories they portray become part of the larger, all-encompasing story of God's work in our world.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to portraying characters in the mission of God.

Examines the Biblical and cultural basis for storytelling as an effective gospel communication method. The student will analyze Old and New Testament examples, will explore differences in oral cultures, and will develop a theological basis for storytelling a contextualized missional strategy.

An analysis of the theories and methods that lead to an exceptional acting performance. Actors engage in a rigorous investigation of text, personalization, character development, and character-specific listening in order to lift language off the page and translate it into the dynamic exchange of energy that stems from human need.

An evaluation of the theories and methods of action and the use of techniques in acting. Students analyze the acting techniques of master acting instructors such as Constantin Stanislavski, who inspired Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, and Lee Strasberg. Students tackle modern and contemporary material to discover how action and technique is adapted to the requirements of varying texts.

Voice I is structured as a progression of exercises/experiences designed to liberate the individual’s natural voice from habitual psychophysical tensions; to connect image, intention, and emotion to breath and sound; to develop the voice’s potential for expression and awaken the actor’s appetite for language; and to promote vocal ease, clarity, power, stamina, range, and sensitivity to impulse.

In Voice II, students focus on meeting the demands of heightened text with rigorous clarity, emotional depth, and generosity of scale. Continued release work on the body, coupled with a larger array of vocal skills and increased imaginative capacity, gives actors access to their most expansive selves in order to serve the characters in classical plays.

This course seeks to provide students with tools to mine the printed text for given circumstances, character, objective, and action, noting the opportunities and limitations that the printed play script presents, and promoting the freedom and responsibility of the actor as an interpretive artist.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Communicating Creatively

Is this Your Mission?

Acting, Comedian, Comic, Community Theater Actor, Film Acting, TV Acting, Theatre Acting, Voice Over Acting, Commercials Acting, Extra/Background Acting, Community Arts Worker, Theatre Director, Cruise Ship Entertainer, Theme Park Entertainer, Performance Manager, Tour Guide, Historical Tour Guide, Living History Reenactor, Historical Interpreter, Docent, Discovery Guide, Museum Educator, Museum Guide, Science Interpreter, Narrator, Performer



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.