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Academic Program Guide

Theatre, BFA (Music Theatre)

College: Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Michelle Diamonti
Address: 223 Fine Arts Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306-2008
Phone: (850) 644-5548

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The BFA in Music Theatre is a highly competitive program that prepares graduates for rewarding careers in the theatre and related fields. This interdisciplinary course of study includes extensive coursework in theatre, music, and dance.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: None
There are no common prerequisites to the BFA in Music Theatre program at FSU.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements to Major Program of Studies
Admission is by audition. Auditions are held every January and February for fall admission. Auditions are open to incoming freshmen, transfers and current students. The audition must be accompanied by an acceptable academic record and up-to-date transcripts and resume. Contact the School of Theatre for details. Students applying to the BFA program need to apply to both the School of Theatre and University Admissions.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (101 hours)
The B.F.A. student is assessed each semester to review competencies; a 3.00 GPA must be maintained in all major requirements, with a 3.00 or better GPA in all coursework.

Program Core Requirements: (61 hours)
THE 4990 (0) All School Events (every Fall and Spring Semester)
THE 2020 (3) Introduction to the School of Theatre (grade must be B minus or higher)
THE 3214 (3) World Theatre History II (should be taken as part of General Education requirements)
THE 4244 (3) Musical Theatre History I
THE 4245 (3) Musical Theatre History II
THE 4303 (3) Play Analysis
TPP 4310 (3) Directing I
TPP 2710 (3) Voice Techniques I
TPP 2110r (3,3) Acting Technique I (must be taken twice)
TPP 2111r (3, 3) Acting Technique II (must be taken twice)
TPP 4112 (3) Acting Technique III
TPP 3510 (3) Movement Techniques I
TPP 3511 (3) Movement Techniques II
TPP 4512 (2) Advanced Movement
TPP 4923r (2,2,2,2,) Music Theatre Workshop (must be taken four times)
TPA 2248 (2) Stage Make-up
TPA 2201 (3) Introduction to Technical Theatre
TPA 2291 (1) Technical Theatre Laboratory
MVV 3532 (1) Musical Theatre Repertoire (Vocal Coaching)
MVV 4542 (1) Musical Theatre Repertoire (Vocal Coaching)
THE 4954 (1) Culminations

Core Competency Courses: (33 hours)
MVV XXXX (16 maximum) Private Voice (All semesters while in residence)
MVK 1111 (1) Keyboard or Demonstrated Proficiency
DAA XXXX (16 minimum) Dance until proficiency attained

Additional Requirements: (7 hours)
MUT 1001 (3) Fundamentals of Music Theory
MUT 1111 (3) Music Theory I
MUT 1241L (1) Sight Singing and Ear Training I

Digital Literacy: (3 hours beyond the major)
Students must choose a University approved course to meet this requirement.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond the major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. Theatre majors take THE 2020 (3) Introduction to Theatre for Majors to meet this requirement.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 140*
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 104*
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 3 beyond major
Oral Competency 0 beyond major
Electives 0

*NOTE: The required THE 3214 may be used for both General Education and the major, thus reducing hours to 136.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Actor/Actress, Choreographer, Public Relations Manager, Producer, Musical Director, Drama Critic, Playwright-Writer, Artistic Director.

Representative Employers: Theatre Companies, Private Studios, Opera Companies, Professional Regional Theatres, Television Studios, Community Theatres, Dinner Theatres, Stock Companies, Children’s Theatre, Movie Producers..

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