Musical Theatre BFA

Offered in: Chicago

The BFA in Musical Theatre is a pre-professional degree program designed to develop a strong foundation in the skills required for a career as a musical theatre performer, focusing particularly on vocal performance and acting technique.  The program blends intensive musical training including music theory, piano skills, and weekly voice lessons with a high level of acting coursework in Linklater technique, scene study, and period styles.  Students also receive extensive training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and musical theatre dance  styles.  Musical Theatre majors are eligible for casting in musical productions and plays on the mainstage as well as our blackbox productions.

Admission requirements

Students interested in the Musical Theatre major should already have a strong background in vocal performance and acting.  Dance experience is a plus but not required. 

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for the BFA in Musical Theatre audition requirements.

Requirements

Theatre, Music and Dance Requirements
THAR 099PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE (eight semesters))0
THAR 100FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY3
THAR 116ENSEMBLE SINGING1
THAR 125MUSICIANSHIP-MUSICAL THEATRE3
THAR 126KEYBOARD SKILL-MUSICAL THEATRE2
THAR 191INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL THEATRE1
THAR 203SCRIPT ANALYSIS2
THAR 206FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING I (plus lab)3
THAR 207FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING II (plus lab)3
THAR 210STAGE MAKE UP I2
THAR 220VOCAL & PHYSICAL PREPARATION I (plus lab)3
THAR 221VOCAL & PHYSICAL PREPARATION II (plus lab)3
THAR 225INTERMEDIATE ACTING I3
THAR 226INTERMEDIATE ACTING II3
THAR 231ACTING ON CAMERA I2
THAR 232VOCAL & PHYSICAL PREPARATION IV: CLASSICAL3
THAR 242VOCAL AND PHYSICAL PREPARATION V: DIALECTS3
THAR 247INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL THEATRE3
THAR 250FRESHMAN REHEARSAL & PERFORM0
THAR 270THE CREATIVE PROCESS I1
THAR 292HISTORY OF THEATRE & DRAMA I3
THAR 293HISTORY OF THEATRE & DRAMA II3
THAR 320ACTING MUSICAL STAGE I3
THAR 321ACTING FOR MUSICAL STAGE II3
THAR 322ACTING FOR MUSICAL STAGE III3
THAR 323ACTING FOR MUSICAL STAGE IV3
THAR 324HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE3
THAR 326DANCE FOR THE MUSICAL STAGE3
THAR 327SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSICAL THEATRE0
THAR 328SPECIAL TOPICS IN MUSICAL THEATRE (two semesters)4
THAR 340AUDITION AND THEATRE BUSINESS3
THAR 348STAGE DIRECTING I3
THAR 350REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE (7 semesters)0
THAR 371STAGE COMBAT I3
THAR 383AMERICAN THEATER: DRAMATIC VISIONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE1
THAR 385PERFORMANCE ART I3
THAR 388ADVANCED ACTING PERIOD STYLES3
TDAN 210JAZZ: BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE I1
TDAN 211BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE JAZZ II1
TDAN 220BALLET: BASIC/BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE I1
TDAN 221BALLET: BASIC/BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE1
TDAN 330TAP: BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE I1
TDAN 331BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE TAP II1
TDAN 344MUSICAL THEATER STYLES I1
TDAN 345MUSICAL THEATER STYLES II1
Private Voice TVOI (seven semesters)14
General Studies
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
ENG 205INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE3
Four courses outside CCPA (may not include theatre, music or dance)12
Total Credit Hours134