Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
The BFA is a four year, professional degree. Students take 75% of their classes in the major area of study and 25% in liberal arts courses.
The professional coursework will include intensive studies in Dance (ballet, tap, MT styles & more), Theatre (acting, history, tech & more), Music (voice, piano, theory & more) and most importantly Musical Theatre (performance, history & much more).
The liberal arts coursework includes required studies in college-level writing, American or world history, and language. All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of UM offerings.
Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success.
- Twenty hours of Musical Theatre coursework, including two terms of Introduction to Musical Theatre, two terms of Musical Theatre Performance and two terms of History of the American Musical Theatre
- Twenty-five hours of Theatre coursework, including twelve hours of acting, six hours of theatre history/analysis; one course in either stage management or performing arts management; and two courses in technical theatre
- A minimum of twelve hours in Dance, including two terms of ballet, two terms of musical theatre styles and a proficiency in tap equivalent to two terms. Dance coursework may include Theatre movement, choreography or Musical Theatre production courses.
- Music coursework to include a minimum of twenty-four hours of private voice instruction; one year of piano or its equivalent by proficiency examination; and six hours of music theory. Music coursework may include voice for the theatre, dialect training or Musical Theatre production courses.
- Thirty hours of non-music electives, including the University's two semester English writing requirement; one course in American or world history; and two terms of a foreign language
- Electives to complete a total of 124 hours
All Musical Theatre majors must audition for all mainstage musical productions and accept any role in which they are cast. First-year students may not audition in their first term of enrollment.
Upon completion of Musical Theatre Performance II, all majors must participate in a second-year evaluation, which qualifies them to enroll in specific upper-level performance courses.
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“There wasn’t a song or composer or show or bit of history I didn’t know. I think more than anything, Michigan gives you that sense of history – that you are a part of an incredible theatrical legacy and that you as an actor are accountable to it.”
Danny Gurwin (BFA 1994), Broadway: Little Women, Urinetown, The Full Monty, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Into the Woods