Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Overview

The BFA major in musical theatre provides a comprehensive education in the practical and academic aspects of musical theatre. Each semester is based around development of skills and competencies in the central areas of musical theatre performance: acting and voce, dance and singing. The degree offers a broad and holistic approach to the musical theatre, one that not only concentrates on performance from a participatory perspective (that is to say, on being a performer), but also prepares the student for the wide and exciting range of careers available in the performing arts industry. While musical theatre performance remains a central aspect of the program, students are also prepared for the vast array of work that supports and produces performance, such as directing and staging, creating written material for performance, production, management, marketing and funding of the performing arts. The programme concentrates on live musical theatrical performance (with elements of recording used for diagnostic and development purposes), but at the same time a graduate is prepared for further study in the cognate specialisms in the performing arts, as well as for direct entry into a professional career. This is because the degree produces a wide spectrum of transferable skills such as effective presentational technique, expertise in using the voice and the body as communicative instruments, interpretational and compositional competency with written texts, management, marketing and fundraising abilities, and organizational skills. These are applicable not only in the context of the many career paths within performing arts, but also in a wide variety of social, cultural and business vocations.

The programme is made up of the following components:

45 credits minimum from the musical theatre major, including:

  • MT102 Music 1
  • MT103 Acting 1*
  • MT104 Dance 1*
  • MT107 Music 1
  • MT108 Acting 1*
  • MT109 Dance 1*
  • MT202 Music 1
  • MT203 Acting 1
  • MT204 Dance 1
  • MT207 Music 1
  • MT208 Acting 1
  • MT209 Dance 1
  • MT302 Music 1
  • MT303 Acting 1
  • MT304 Dance 1
  • MT307 Music 1
  • MT308 Acting 1
  • MT309 Dance 1
  • PA405 Performing arts project 1 (6 credits)
  • PA409 Performing arts project 2 (6 credits)

Either
PA427 Production and performance project (30 credits)
Or (subject to specific approval by the head of program)
PA425 Internship (1200 hours / 30 credits) – completed as a fourth year, or incrementally, and subject to prior approval by the head of program, in the course of the three years during summer and other breaks

*Denotes general education module

30 credits minimum of general education classes

  • The 100-level musical theatre classes, with the exception of the music modules are rated as general education courses and may be counted towards the general education requirement.

45 credits of free electives

  • The remaining classes to achieve the required total of 120 credits may be freely chosen by the student, with the proviso that prerequisite stipulations are followed.
  • The student may select as free electives more than the minimum 45 credits of performing arts major classes.
  • The student may select as free electives more than the minimum of 30 credits of general education classes.
  • If a student wishes to take a minor, a minimum of 15 credits must be taken in the minor, with at least 9 credits in the upper divisions (300+); these minor credits are taken from the free elective requirement.

Sample programme schedule

Year 1

Semester 1

  • MT102 Music 1
  • MT103 Acting 1
  • MT104 Dance 1
  • LIB200 Academic communication
  • IB200 Introduction to management

Semester 2

  • MT107 Music 1
  • MT108 Acting 1
  • MT109 Dance 1
  • PA205 Principles of marketing
  • PA300 Dramatic writing 1

Year 2

Semester 3

  • MT202 Music 2
  • MT203 Acting 2
  • MT204 Dance 2
  • PA302 Event management for the performing arts
  • PA400 Dramatic writing 2

Semester 4

  • MT207 Music 2
  • MT208 Acting 2
  • MT209 Dance 2
  • PA309 Event design and experience for the performing arts
  • CW220 Writing for screen

Year 3

Semester 5

  • MT302 Music 3
  • MT303 Acting 3
  • MT304 Dance 3
  • CW110 Writing workshop
  • LIB300 Shakespeare

Semester 6

  • MT307 Music 3
  • MT308 Acting 3
  • MT309 Dance 3
  • PA409 Performing arts project 2 (6 credits)

Year 4

PA425 Internship (1200 hours / 30 credits – completed as a fourth year or incrementally in the course of the three years during summer and other breaks)

Entry requirements

The programme has one intake per year: September.

Applicants should furnish evidence of graduation from high school (secondary school), with final-year subjects to include completion of English.

A prospective student should submit an application for the course directly to the Admissions Office at American College Dublin.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent).

An interview and audition is required for entry to the BFA in Musical Theatre course. For the audition you should prepare two spoken monologues, one classic, one modern; two contrasting musical theatre songs, one pre 1965; and partake in a dance assessment. Students should contact the Admissions Office at American College Dublin for details on the interview and audition process.

Further education students

The College accepts students from further education colleges to all of its courses. Students must have gained three distinctions in a cognate area of the programme that they wish to study. Students must have a full level 5 or level 6 award and this award may have been taken over a number of years. Students with a FETAC qualification can gain access to both American College Dublin and American College Delaware.

Mature student application

Mature applicants can apply directly to the Admissions office. An interview and audition is required for entry to the BFA in Musical Theatre course. For the audition you must prepare one spoken monologue, one a capella singing piece, and one dance piece (if you wish to have a backing track for the dance, please bring a CD). Each piece should be no more than two minutes in length. Mature applicants should contact the Admissions Office at American College Dublin for details on the interview and audition process.

Other EU applications

Every student who has taken examinations in an EU member state is expected to have completed English in his or her final year. The only exception to this is students who have completed the A-Levels. These students must have taken mathematics and English for their O-Levels.

For overseas students Skype auditions can be arranged. More information is available in the Admissions menu or by contacting the Admissions Office, Tel: +353 1 6768939; Email: admissions@iamu.edu

Along with academic knowledge that students receive throughout the duration of their chosen subject, students will also acquire and develop transferable career skills from their degree discipline. These skills along with potential career paths are provided below to give you a well-rounded view of what the course has to offer.

These skills include:

  • Communication
  • Writing skills
  • Creativity
  • Effective presentation techniques
  • Management, marketing and fundraising abilities
  • Interpretational and compositional competency with written texts
  • Organisational skills
  • Research skills
  • Time management

The BFA in Musical Theatre is designed to prepare students for a number of future careers in following:

  • Musical theatre
  • Theatre
  • Arts and event management
  • Local and community broadcasting
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Cultural and business vocations

The programme also serves as preparation for students to participate in a variety of postgraduate programmes such as the MFA in Creative Writing and MB in International Business.