B.A. in Theatre: Musical Theatre

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Program Description

The Musical Theatre concentration of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree hones students' performance skills, in acting, voice and dance. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Accreditation and Affiliation

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. 

It has also earned Educational Affiliate status with Estill Voice International┬«. Students can elect to pursue their Certificate of Proficiency in EVT prior to graduation.

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
DAN 131  Foundations of Dance 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MUS 104  Voice Class (recommended Fine Arts Gen Ed) 3
THE 140  Script Analysis (recommended EMEL Gen Ed) 3
THE 141  Stagecraft I  3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 15
THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting  3
THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 3
THE 401  Finding Your Voice (recommended elective) 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
THE 302  History of Theatre I  3
Musical Theatre Core Course(s) 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 
9
   
Fourth Semester 15
THE 312  History of Theatre II  3
THE 431  Acting in Musical Theatre (recommended elective) 3
Musical Theatre Core Course(s) 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses  6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
CMD 221  Speech Science (recommended Natural Science Gen Ed) 3
THE 304  World Drama  OR  ENG 425  Shakespeare  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama 3
THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 3
Musical Theatre Core Course(s) 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses  3
   
Sixth Semester 15
MUS 211  Keyboard Class (recommended elective) 3
Musical Theatre Core Course(s) 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Musical Theatre Core Course(s) 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 12
   
Eighth Semester 15
THE 450  Senior Thesis 3
General Education, Minor OR Elective Courses 12
Total 120

Program Requirements

Theatre Core Courses (27 credits)

  • DAN 131  Foundations of Dance 
  • THE 131  Fundamentals of Acting
  • THE 141  Stagecraft I
  • THE 150  Introduction to Theatrical Design 
  • THE 302  History of Theatre I 
  • THE 304  World Drama  OR  ENG 425 Shakespeare  OR  THE 306  Modern Drama
  • THE 312  Theatre History II
  • THE 320  Fundamentals of Directing 
  • THE 450  Senior Thesis

Required Musical Theatre Core (15 credits)

Select from the following:

  • DAN 132  Ballet Technique 
  • DAN 134  Tap Technique I 
  • DAN 133  Jazz Technique I 
  • DAN 233  Jazz Technique II
  • DAN 260  Modern Dance
  • DAN 301  Theatre Dance I 
  • DAN 302  Theatre Dance II
  • MUS 215  Comprehensive Musicianship I 
  • THE 126  Makeup I 
  • THE 145-445  Private Instruction (4 credits)
  • THE 203  Musical Theatre Performance I 
  • THE 255  Puppetry
  • THE 303  Musical Theatre Performance II 
  • THE 403  Musical Theatre Performance III
  • THE 356  Practicum: Technical Practicum (3 to 6 credits)

Additional Electives/Minor (38 credits)

Recommended:

  • MUS 211  Keyboard Class
  • THE 401  Finding Your Voice
  • THE 431  Acting in Musical Theatre

Recommended General Education Courses

  • CDC 201  Argumentation and Advocacy (Public Speaking)
  • CMD 221  Speech Science (Natural Sciences)
  • HSC 315  First Aid and Personal Safety (Health and Wellness)
  • MUS 104  Voice Class (Fine Arts)
  • PSY 100  General Psychology  OR  PSY 211  Social Psychology (Social Sciences)
  • THE 140  Script Analysis (Ethics and Multicultural Awareness)
  • THE 480  Digital Performance (Technological Literacy)

Special Recommendations

A minor in art, arts administration, event planning, music, psychology, sociology or social work is recommended for those majoring in theatre. 

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/musical-theater/