B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

The musical theatre program provides students with solid training in preparation for a career in the professional theatre. Students take classes in singing, dancing, movement, voice, piano, music theory and various acting styles.

Students in musical theatre may also have the opportunity to direct, design, stage-manage, choreograph or serve as a dramaturge depending on area of interest and expertise. Students hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, classroom performance work, main-stage shows and opportunities to work professionally in the Des Moines community.

Theatre Arts Core Requirements (35 credit hrs.):

THEA 003: Acting I, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 005: Readings in Theatre, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 014: Movement I, 2 credit hrs.
THEA 020: Voice I, 2 credit hrs.
THEA 030: Stagecraft (including Lab), 4 credit hrs.
THEA 031: Costuming (including Lab), 4 credit hrs.
THEA 032: Makeup, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 103: Directing I, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 120: Theatre History I, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 121: Theatre History II, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 124: Technical Practicum, 1 credit hr.
THEA 160: Stage Management, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 190: Senior Capstone, 1 credit hr.

Additional Theatre Classes (40 credit hrs.):

THEA 004: Acting II, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 015: Movement II, 2 credit hrs.
THEA 018: Musical Theatre Dance Styles, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 021: Voice II, 2 credit hrs.
THEA 055: Acting III, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 056: Jazz, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 057: Tap, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 058: Ballet, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 059: Modern, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 060: Musical Theatre I, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 100: Acting IV, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 101: Musical Theatre II, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 102: Auditioning, 3 credit hrs.
THEA 123: American Musical Theatre, 3 credit hrs.

Required Classes in Music (13 credit hrs.):

MUS 006: Piano Lab I, 1 credit hr.
MUS 007: Piano Lab II, 1 credit hr.
MUS 011: Fundamentals of Music, 3 credit hrs.
MUS 049: Piano Lab III, 1 credit hr.
MUS 050: Piano Lab IV, 1 credit hr.
MUS 171: Voice Lessons I, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons II, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons III, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons IV, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons V, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons VI, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons VII, 1 credit hr.
Voice Lessons VIII, 1 credit hr.

NOTE: Students must take either MUS 006 and 007 OR MUS 049 and 050. The choice of course will be determined by audition with the piano instructor.

Audition Requirements for entry into the BFA Musical Theatre program

Catalog listing with major requirements

Checklist for BFA Musical Theatre

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