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  Feb 25, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre Arts BFA, Musical Theatre Specialization

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Theatre Arts BFA Core Requirements

Theatre Major, BFA

The BFA program is designed to prepare knowledgeable, skilled graduates who will compete at all levels in an increasingly competitive field. Students will also learn to assess, explain, and interpret the many roles and responsibilities inherent in the world of the professional theatre artist. They will also understand how to use the skills they have developed in other career paths related to their degree.

The BFA theatre program is innovative and interdisciplinary. Students complete a sequence of core foundation courses, gain admission into the program through audition/interview, and focus in a single emphasis-performance, design and production, or musical theatre.

Interdisciplinary course work is integral to the structure and success of the BFA theatre program. All of the required and elective courses for the degree are part of other major programs and are regularly taught. Besides the theatre arts courses, 29 interdisciplinary courses are offered by two colleges from seven other CWU departments: art, communications, dance, English, physical education, family and consumer sciences, industrial engineering, and music.

Admission to the BFA is by audition/interview only. Auditions/interviews begin with an online screening, which is outlined on the department website. Continuing BFA students will sign up for audition/interview appointments as part of the annual BFA juries.

BFA candidates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Theatre Arts with a minimum grade of “B-” (2.7) in each course within their specialization. In addition, BFA candidates must earn a grade point average of 2.7 in the department pre-admission requirements courses (TH 107, TH 166, TH 144/244) and must achieve a minimum grade of “C+” (2.3) in any course in their BFA degree plan. The applicant must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all other collegiate study. Meeting this standard is reviewed as part of the annual jury in each specialization.

Students articulating transfer credit from Seattle Film Institute should contact the department for advisement.

Lab Component - Credits: (4)

Complete 4 credits of the following:

Production Component - Credits: (3)

Choose one of the following:

BFA Core Total Credits: 26

Musical Theatre Specialization

The musical theatre specialization builds specific skills in production from a strong foundation of using the body as the artist’s instrument through singing, voice, and stage movement in the musical theatre style. Students choose from a range of courses, both introductory and advanced, from writing and movement, dancing, and voice. To help students prepare for future employment or graduate school, all students are strongly encouraged to pursue practical experience through TH 490 - Cooperative Education internship as well as the performance application courses, designed to put theory into practice as part of Central Theatre Ensemble’s regular on-campus season.

Movement Component - Credits: (12)

Choose any of the following for a minimum of 12 credits.

Performance Component - Credits: (9)

Repeat any of the following for a minimum of 9 credits.

Total Musical Theatre Specialization Credits: 84

Total Credits: 110

College and Department Information

Theatre Arts Department  
College of Arts and Humanities  

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