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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre


The BFA is the four year, professional degree.  Students take 75% of their classes in the major area of study and 25% in liberal arts courses. 

The professional coursework will include intensive studies in Dance (ballet, tap, MT styles & more), Theatre (acting, history, tech & more), Music (voice, piano, theory & more) and most importantly Musical Theatre (performance, history & much more).

The liberal arts coursework includes required studies in college-level writing, American or world history, and language.  All remaining academic electives are free choice, and may be selected from across the range of U-M offerings.

Advising is done by faculty mentors and School officials to ensure student progress and success. 


  • Twenty hours of Musical Theatre coursework, including two terms of Introduction to Musical Theatre, two terms of Musical Theatre Performance and two terms of History of the American Musical Theatre
  • Twenty-five hours of Theatre coursework, including twelve hours of acting, six hours of theatre history/analysis; one course in either stage management or performing arts management; and two courses in technical theatre
  • A minimum of twelve hours in Dance, including two terms of ballet, two terms of musical theatre styles and a proficiency in tap equivalent to two terms. Dance coursework may include Theatre movement, choreography or Musical Theatre production courses.
  • Music coursework to include a minimum of twenty-four hours of private voice instruction; one year of piano or its equivalent by proficiency examination; and six hours of music theory. Music coursework may include voice for the theatre, dialect training or Musical Theatre production courses.
  • Thirty hours of non-music electives, including the University's two semester English writing requirement; one course in American or world history; and two semesters of a foreign language
  • Electives to complete a total of 124 hours

All Musical Theatre majors must audition for all mainstage musical productions and accept any role in which they are cast. First-year students may not audition in their first term of enrollment.

Second-Year Evaluation

Upon completion of Musical Theatre Performance II, all majors must participate in a second-year evaluation, which qualifies them to enroll in specific upper-level performance courses.

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