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Emphasis - Musical Theatre

B.F.A. in Theatre Arts


The B.F.A. major in theatre arts is intended for individuals who seek a professional career in theatre or who wish preparation for graduate work in the discipline. The B.F.A. must be completed with an emphasis in either acting, design/technology, or musical theatre. Students must have a successful audition or portfolio review by theatre arts faculty for admission to the BFA degree program.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 129

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for the B.F.A. in liberal arts include the following courses (33-35 hours):

Writ 100 or 101; Writ 102 or Liba 102     6 hours
English literature survey (221-226, 22x)  6 hours
Behavioral/social sciences                6 hours
History (His 101, 102 preferred)          6 hours
Natural science (with laboratories)       6-8 hours
Mathematics (from among college
  algebra, quantitative reasoning, or
  a more advanced mathematics course)     3 hours

Course Requirements

A major in theatre arts for the B.F.A. degree requires 129 semester hours. Students are required to choose one of three emphases: acting, design/theatre technology, or musical theatre.

Other Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required on all theatre courses applied toward the B.F.A. degree.

Emphasis - Musical Theatre


The emphasis in musical theatre provides comprehensive training in vocal, dance, and performance styles, as well as specialized actor training in all the major musical theatre styles. In addition to rigorous classroom work--in their field of study as well as in theory, history, literature, craft skills, directing, and business and employment practices--main-stage musical productions provide performance opportunities that prepare students for graduate study or professional employment. Students audition for entrance into the musical theatre program at the end of their freshman year.

Course Requirements

The emphasis in musical theatre requires 129 total semester hours, including 76 hours of theatre arts and dance courses, comprising the following:

Acting, Movement, Voice, and Musical Performance    Hours
Thea 110, 111--Freshman Performance Studies           6
Thea 163--Intro to Musical Theatre Performance        3
Thea 210, 211--Sophomore Performance Studies          6
Thea 301, 302--Scene Studies I, II                    6
(Note: Students qualifying for, electing, and
completing the acting sequence 310, 311, 410, 411,
may substitute Thea 310 for 301, 302)
Thea 465, 466--Musical Theatre Performance I, II      6

Theory, History, and Literature
Thea 120--Introduction to Theatre                     2
Thea 321--Theatre History I                           3
Thea 326--Dramatic Literature I                       3
Thea 421, 422--Musical Theatre History and
Literature I, II                                      6

Other Theatre Requirements
Thea 220--Business and Employment Practice            3
Thea 271--Stagecraft                                  3
Thea 272--Introduction to Costumes for the Stage      3
Thea 338, 339--Technology Lab I, II                   2
Thea 499--Senior Review                               2
Danc (must include Danc 255, 355)                    14
Performance and Theatre Electives                     8

In addition to the core curriculum and theatre arts requirements, the emphasis in musical theatre requires elective hours (18-20) chosen from any area, including theatre arts, to bring the total number of credits to 129 semester hours.

Other Academic Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required on all theatre courses applied toward the BFA degree.

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