Musical Theatre Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
Department of Theatre and Dance
Office: 212 Rockefeller Arts Center
Thomas Loughlin, Chairperson
School of Music
Office: 1151 Mason Hall
Karl Boelter, Director
The Musical Theatre degree is accredited by the National Association of the Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre:
In addition to the DANC courses listed above, 2 additional Level II courses (Jazz II, Tap II, Ballet II) or their substitutes as approved by faculty are required.
The Music Recital Seminars (MUS 100, 200, 300, 400) must each be taken twice. Students are required to be in a Recital Seminar class for each semester they are taking voice lessons.
In addition to the MUS courses listed above, Musical Theatre students must participate in a minimum of two choral ensembles. Students are encouraged to audition for choral ensembles at the beginning of the year. Participation in any choral ensemble, including University Chorus, will fulfill this requirement.
THEA 101,102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401 and 402 cannot be applied to the completion of the B.F.A. degree.
In addition to the specific and individual courses, periodic reviews of achievement are conducted for all candidates with the purpose of determining advancement or retention. The Musical Theatre program requires a vocal and acting jury at the conclusion of each semester. Dance juries are held at the end of the first year and each succeeding semester. A Vocal/Acting/Dance jury is conducted at the conclusion of the fourth semester to determine continuance in the program. A public senior recital is presented in the fourth year. The recital includes performance in acting, dancing and singing, and must be 25 minutes in length. Students on academic probation will not be permitted to participate in public performances. Details for these and other requirements may be found in the Student Handbook for the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Musical Theatre majors are required to complete Theatre and Dance Productions obligations every semester, which are practical extensions of the classroom. Theatre and Dance Productions credits do not count toward the total number of credits required in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre major. Musical Theatre majors must successfully complete a minimum of 30 upper level credit hours.