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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre (MUSTHTRBFA)Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Musical Theatre trains exceptional students who seek a professional career in musical theatre within the context of an outstanding liberal arts education offered by Indiana University. The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre provides the rigorous curriculum needed to train students in acting, singing and dancing. In addition to performance technique classes, students will participate in a rich core of theatre and music classes, professional classes in "careers in professional theatre" as well as enhanced master classes by visiting guest artists. Designed to bring out the best in an individual, the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre was created within the context of a liberal arts education. The program is limited to only 10 to 14 admissions a year, providing enormous individual attention throughout the student's career at Indiana University.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 83 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Courses.
    1. Introduction to Theatre. One (1) course:
    2. Acting I for Majors. One (1) course:
      • (majors should choose this course)
  2. IU Broadway Cabaret. Required for first four (4) semesters:
  3. Core Courses.
    1. Performance as Art and Design. One (1) course:
    2. Acting II. One (1) course:
    3. Acting III. One (1) course:
    4. Voice and Speech. One (1) course:
    5. Musical Theatre Workshop. 12 credit hours:
    6. Voice for Musical Theatre. Complete the following course each semester while in residence (minimum of four (4) credit hours and a maximum of eight (8) credit hours):
    7. Technical Theatre. Two (2) courses:
    8. History of Theatre and Drama I. One (1) course:
    9. History of Theatre and Drama II. One (1) course:
  4. Music Requirements.
    1. Introduction to Music Theory. One (1) course:
      • MUS-Z 111 Introduction to Music Theory
    2. Introduction to Music Skills. One (1) course:
      • MUS-Z 112 Introduction to Music Skills
    3. American Musical. One (1) course:
      • MUS-Z 373 The American Musical
    4. Cultural Studies in Music. Three (3) credit hours:
      • MUS-M 392 Art Musics of Non-western World
      • MUS-M 397 Popular Music of Black America
      • MUS-Z 201 History of Rock and Roll Music
      • MUS-Z 282 Music of Russia
      • MUS-Z 385
      • MUS-Z 393 History of Jazz
      • MUS-Z 394 Survey of African American Music
      • MUS-Z 395 Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music
      • MUS-Z 413
  5. Dance Requirements.
    1. Musical Theatre Dance Styles I. One (1) course:
    2. Musical Theatre Dance Styles II. One (1) course:
    3. Dance Electives. 12 credit hours:
      • Ballet
        • MUS-J 100 Ballet Elective/secondary
      • Tap Dance
      • Jazz
        • MUS-J 210 Jazz Dance
      • Modern Dance
        • SPH-K 280 Basic Prev&care of Athl Inj
  6. Musical Theatre Senior Showcase. One (1) course:
  7. Musical Theatre Studio. One (1) course:
  8. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Bachelor of Fine Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.