Eight-Semester Plan for B.F.A. in Theatre, Musical Theatre Concentration

Major Program Guide For: B.F.A. in Theatre
Concentration: Musical Theatre
Suggested Course Sequence

  • Total for Degree: 128 Credit Hours
  • Admission to the B.F.A. program is by audition or portfolio review only.Advance placement in acting or dance classes is possible. This degree requires students to have and maintain a GPA of 2.5.
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution.
Freshman Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
ENGL (C1) 101 Composition I 3

ENGL (C1) or

101
191
Composition I or
First Year Seminar
3
 OR 191 First Year Seminar 3 MUS 218 Music Theory II 3
DA 258 Dance Techniques 2 DA 261 Ballet I 2
MUS 106 Applied Voice 1 MUS 149 Piano II 1
  MUS 106 Applied Voice 1
MUS 118 Music Theory I 3 MUS 208 Aural Skills II: Basic Tonal Functions 1
 THEA  131  Intro To the Profession  MUS  108  Aural Skills I: Fundamentals of Sight Singing  
THEA 140 Acting I 3 MUS 171 or 172 Chorus 1
MUS 148 Piano I 1 THEA 170 TheatreProduction 1
    THEA 340 Acting II 3
  THEA 172 or 173   Theatre Production   1 MUS 493 Special Topics 1
Audition - Admission to the program requires an auditiion/interview with the departmental faculty. It will be difficult to complete this program if a student is not admitted prior to the sophomore year.  Students in the BFA are expected to have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. 
Sophomore Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
THEA 341 Acting III 3 THEA 231 Stage Craft 3
THEA 220 Stage Movement 3 THEA 170, 172 or 173 Theatre
Production
1
THEA 131 Intro to Prof. Theatre 3 THEA 240 Voice & Articulation 3
MUS 171 or 172 Chorus 1 MUS 371 or 372 Chorus 1
  MUS 206 Applied Voice 1
MUS 176 Ensemble/MT Scenes  1 DA 256 Jazz (elective hours) 2
MUS  206  Applied Voice 1 DA 260 or 253 Dance Anatomy or Social/Ballroom 1
LS C2 Math 3 LS C4   Health/Wellness 3
DA   255 Tap  LS C3
CMHC
201 Oral Communications 3

Jazz, Tap and Ballet are recommended for level 2 proficiency within the electives designated for DA in the concentration. This is also true of the BM concentration. While DA 262 is valuable, Modern does not advance student progress towards the degree.

Upper Level Perspective (ULP): An approved Upper Level Liberal Studies Perspectives course is required in one of the Liberal Studies Perspectives categories.

Junior Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
LS C5   Physical or Biological Sciences 3 P5 or elective Mus 304 or 410 recommended Fine and Performing Arts 3
LS P3   History 3 P1 Elective Social Sciences 3
THEA 331 Intro to Design for Stage and Screen 3 THEA 302 Dramatic Literature & Criticism 3
THEA 260 Dialects for Actors 1 THEA 270 Production 1
THEA 350 Directing I 3 THEA 130 Makeup 1
MUS 306 Applied Voice 1 MUS 306 Applied Voice 1
MUS 176 Ensemble/MT Scenes 1 MUS 410 see P5 History of Musical Theatre 3
DA 306 Tap (elec. hrs. - level 2 proficiency) 1 DA 303, 305 or 306 Ballet, Mod, Jazz (elec. hrs. - level 3 proficiency) 2

MUS 304 or 410 satisfies UL P5 requirement and frees up 3 hours for electives.

Upper Level Perspective (ULP): An approved Upper Level Liberal Studies Perspectives course is required in one of the Liberal Studies Perspectives categories.

Summer
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours        
THEA 483 Internship 3        
Internship recommended, but not required. It will reduce remaining production credit requirements.
Senior Year
Fall
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
P1   Social Sciences 3 P4 ENGL 333 Shakespeare (Humanities) 3
MUS 304 Jazz Apprec. 3 MUS 406 Applied Voice 1
MUS 376 Ensemble/MT Scenes 1 C5   Physical or Biological Sciences 3
THEA or DA 270 Production or Dance 1 THEA 401 History of the Theatre II 3
THEA 400 History of the Theatre I 3 THEA 499 BFA Thesis 2
MUS 406 Applied Voice 1 THEA 370 Theatre Production 2
THEA 496 Seminar in Prof Development 1        
P6   World Cultures 3        
If level two proficiency is not achieved, additional courses will be required. Student should take dance every semester to stay in shape and to be conditioned for auditions.

NOTES:

  • Total for Degree: 128 Credit Hours
  • Admission to the B.F.A. program is by audition or portfolio review only.Advance placement in acting or dance classes is possible. This degree requires students to have and maintain a GPA of 2.5.
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution.
 

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