Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater at Temple is focused on building well-rounded, versatile "triple-threat" artists who have developed the prerequisite skills and tools necessary for a life as a theater professional. The training provided in the degree ensures technical aptitude and an immersion into the genre, history and artistry of musical theater, while foundational theater courses guarantee a broad knowledge of theater. Furthermore, Temple's excellent general education requirements safeguard that BFA students receive a well-rounded, comprehensive experience to accompany their training in musical theater.

The Temple Department of Theater boasts a half century of excellence in theater training, and BFA candidates also benefit from interdisciplinary training in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, as both are housed in the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts. Other course requirements include Acting I – III, Senior Cabaret Workshop, Fitzmaurice Voice Technique, Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater Dance Techniques, Music Theory, Ear training, Choral Ensemble and Theater as a Profession. 

Students have the chance to participate in productions including musicals, student-directed productions, dramas, showcases, singing ensembles, dance performances and workshops conducted by visiting artists. Recent on-campus productions include Anything Goes, Merrily We Roll Along, Brigadoon, Hair, Oklahoma!, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Rent, Urinetown, and Sweeney Todd. Recent guest artists include: Shoshana Bean, Chad Beguelin Barbara Cook, David Garrison, Jonathan Groff, Marc Kudisch, Baayork Lee, John McDaniel, Marcia Milgrom-Dodge, Melba Moore, Hugh Panaro (a Temple alum), Pasek and Paul, and Lauren Worsham.    

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and by satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 credit hours.

  • University Requirements: All students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
  • There will be no requirement to take the GenEd Arts course if all of the following courses are completed with a C- or better: THTR 1096 , THTR 1202 and THTR 1231. If the student changes majors before completing all four courses, s/he must complete a GenEd Arts course to satisfy the requirement for General Education.
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and identified with the code "WI".
  • Students must complete Theater Department foundation courses with a grade of C or better in each course.
  • No more than 20 credits of work in the major field may be transferred from another institution. Students must complete at least 16 semester hours in Theater courses at Temple University.
  • All Theater majors must take placement tests in English and mathematics. If a student places into ENG 0701 or MATH 0701 or MATH 0702, these courses must be completed prior to taking the General Education requirement for English and Quantitative Literacy.

Major Requirements

Theater Requirements
THTR 1087Production Practicum (eight times)8
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process (WI)3
THTR 1141Voice I for Musical Theater1
THTR 1142Voice II for Musical Theater1
THTR 1202Fundamentals of Voice and Movement3
THTR 1231Acting I3
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
THTR 2101Ballet I for Musical Theater1
THTR 2121Ballet II for Musical Theater1
THTR 2141Voice III for Musical Theater1
THTR 2142Voice IV for Musical Theater1
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 3012American Musical Theater3
THTR 3101Jazz I for Musical Theater1
THTR 3121Jazz II for Musical Theater1
THTR 3131Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater (twice)2
THTR 3132Musical Theater Voice & Acting3
THTR 3151Ballet III for Musical Theater1
THTR 3279Acting III3
THTR 4097World of the Play (WI)3
THTR 4101Tap for Musical Theater1
THTR 4121Musical Theater Dance Techniques1
THTR 4132Senior Cabaret Workshop3
THTR 4221Theater as a Profession3 to 4
Music Requirements
MUSC 1256Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
MUSC 1257Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
MUSC 1407Piano for Non-Music Majors I1
MUSC 2201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 2202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 3231Musical Theater Scene Study2
MUSC 3232Musical Theater Voice & Acting2
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble (four times)4
MUSC 4201Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4202Voice Concentration2
MUSC 4233Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal2
MUST 1701Music Theory for Non-Music Majors2
MUST 1705Music Theory for Non-Music Majors II3
MUST 1741Aural Theory I2

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2101Ballet I for Musical Theater1
MUST 1701Music Theory for Non-Music Majors2
THTR 1202Fundamentals of Voice and Movement3
MUSC 1256Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
THTR 1231Acting I3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
THTR 1141Voice I for Musical Theater1
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 2121Ballet II for Musical Theater1
MUSC 1257Private Voice for Non-Music Majors1
THTR 1096Introduction to Theater Process [WI]3
THTR 2231Speech for the Actor3
THTR 1411Welcome Backstage3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
THTR 1142Voice II for Musical Theater1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUST 1741Aural Theory I2
THTR 2261Acting II3
THTR 3101Jazz I for Musical Theater1
MUSC 2201Voice Concentration2
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUSC 3231Musical Theater Scene Study2
MUST 1705Music Theory for Non-Music Majors II3
THTR 3121Jazz II for Musical Theater1
MUSC 2202Voice Concentration2
THTR 3151Ballet III for Musical Theater1
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
MUSC 3300Choral Ensemble1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUSC 1407Piano for Non-Music Majors I1
THTR 3001History of the Theater I3
THTR 2141Voice III for Musical Theater1
THTR 3279Acting III3
MUSC 3232Musical Theater Voice Acting2
MUSC 3201Voice Concentration2
THTR 3131Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 3012American Musical Theater3
MUSC 3202Voice Concentration2
THTR 4101Tap for Musical Theater1
THTR 3132Musical Theater Voice Acting3
THTR 2142Voice IV for Musical Theater1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours14
Year 4
Fall
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
MUSC 4233Musical Theater: Dress Rehearsal2
MUSC 4201Voice Concentration2
THTR 4097World of the Play [WI]3
THTR 3131Advanced Jazz for Musical Theater1
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours12
Spring
THTR 1087Production Practicum1
THTR 4121Musical Theater Dance Techniques1
MUSC 4202Voice Concentration2
THTR 4132Senior Cabaret Workshop3
THTR 4221Theater as a Profession3 to 4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours: 124