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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Department of Musical Theatre

The Department of Musical Theatre is renowned as one of the top musical theatre programs in the world, and offers young performers the unparalleled opportunity to receive a premier university education along with intense, conservatory-style training. The Department faculty comprises seasoned industry professionals and the field’s top pedagogues, and the student body reflects the diversity of our country and the world. Individualism is valued here – we cultivate and support the unique strengths, talents, and hopes of each student.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre requires a minimum of 124 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts.

SMTD coursework to include:

  • Musical Theatre (first year introduction, performance, musical theatre history)
  • Theatre (acting, theatre history, technical theatre)
  • Dance (ballet, tap, musical theatre styles; jazz, hip hop, modern electives)
  • Private voice lessons
  • Music Theory and piano

Liberal Arts coursework to include:

Freshman Writing, Upper-level writing, foreign language or tested proficiency, history, and academic electives from across the U-M

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

What Do We Look For?

Someone who…

  • has intellectual curiosity, imagination, initiative, discipline and recognizable talent.
  • is prepared, ambitious, flexible, and is clearly a team player who appreciates and takes pride in the artistic growth of fellow students.
  • can communicate very specific ideas and choices in dialogue/lyrics, music, and dance.
  • sings with an understanding of the musical line and a healthy approach that doesn’t push the voice higher than is appropriate.
  • has music reading skills, especially at the piano.
  • is committed to acting as the basis of all training, and is passionate about working in plays, television, and film, in addition to musical theatre.
  • has interests beyond the arts and is engaged in understanding the world at large and how the arts can impact and enrich modern culture.
  • has researched the Department, SMTD, and U-M by reading the website and official publications and by communicating with the Office of Admissions, rather than relying only on internet opinions or YouTube postings.
  • is committed to a university environment and has considered the reasons for pursuing a BFA degree at a university rather than a conservatory.

Audition Dates

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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Please send inquiries regarding the SMTD application process to SMTD.admissions@umich.edu. To learn more about SMTD, sign up for an Information Session.