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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

theater

132 credits

Musical Theater, Music and Voice (38 credits)

Applied Voice Lessons (8 semesters, half hour lessons; hourly lessons are available for an additional tuition charge) 
8 cr | Years 1, 2, 3 and  

Ear Training 1 and 2 
2 cr | Year 1 

Piano Class 1 and 2 
2 cr | Year 1 

Sophomore Music Lab 
2 cr | Year 2 

Junior Music Lab
2 cr | Year 3 

Musical Theater 1 and 2 (Ensemble Singing) 
4 cr | Year 1 

Musical Theater 3 and 4 (Song Performance) 
5 cr | year 2 

Musical Theater 5 and 6 (Scene Study) 
5 cr | year 3 

Musical Theater 7 and 8 (Preparing for the Profession) 
5 cr | year 4 

Senior Showcase 1 and 2 (waived for those students not showcasing
3 cr | year 4 

Acting, Movement, Voice and Speech (35 credits)

Acting 1-8 
19 cr | Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 

Movement for the Actor 1-4 
4 cr | Years 1 and 2

Voice and Speech 1-8
12 cr |  Years 1, 2, 3 and 4

Dance (12 credits)

Modern Technique (3 hours per week, both semesters) 
2 cr | Year 1 

Ballet Technique (3 hours per week) 
4 cr | Years 1, 2 or 3  

Jazz Technique (3 hours per week) 
4 cr | Years 2 and 3 

Tap (1.5 or 2 hours per week) 
2 cr | Years 1, 2 or 3 

Other Courses in the Major (6 credits)

Stagecraft Practicum
1 cr | Years 1 

Directing 1 and 2
2 cr | Year 3 

Theater electives by permission (chosen from among Directing, Acting, Dance, Musical Performance, and other areas)
3 cr | Year 4 

General Studies (41 cr) 

Liberal Arts Core 1 and 2 
6 cr | Year 1 

Introduction to Theater 
1 cr | Year 1 

History of the Musical Theater 
1 cr | Year 1 

Liberal Arts Core 3 and 4
6 cr | Year 2 

Shakespeare 
3 cr | Year 2 

Liberal Arts Core 5
3 cr | Year 3 

A Course in Science or Mathematics 
3 cr | year 2 or 3 

Theater History 1 and 2
6 cr | Year 3 

Modern Drama 1 and 2
6 cr | Year 4 

Liberal Arts Electives
6 cr | Year 2, 3 or 4 

Key Policies

  • Artistic Promotion. Students in the B.F.A. in Musical Theater must earn promotion to the third year of the work through a jury evaluation during the second year or face artistic dismissal. To earn promotion a student’s growth and development to that point must demonstrate to the full faculty that he or she will achieve professional readiness at the completion of the program. 
  • Musical Theater students who wish to do a weekly hour applied voice lesson may elect to do so upon payment of an Applied Lesson Fee. 
  • Casting in main stage productions is primarily for second, third and fourth year students. First year students may audition and will be cast when their work is essential to a project. The Theater Division prohibits students from performing if their most recent semester grade point average is less than 2.5. 
  • The fourth year of the work culminates in a Boston Conservatory Showcase for agents and casting directors in New York City in early May. Only seniors who will complete all required course work by commencement in May are eligible to participate in the Showcase. Students petition the faculty for the privilege of showcasing.
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