Theatre and Dance

BFA in Musical Theatre

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre (BFA) is one of WIU's "Signature Programs". The degree is designed to prepare students for a professionalcareer in musical theatre or admission into an advanced degree program. The BFA in Musical Theatre provides students with rigorous specialized training in acting, dance, and voice. This 135 sh program requires proficiency assessment throughout the four years of study. Students must take General Education courses and 92 sh in Musical Theatre courses, but a minor is not required. Students must complete a professional summer term as part of the program requirements.

Honors in the BFA Musical Theatre program

There is an honors curriculum in the BFA degree program that you may qualify for if you qualify for the University Honors program.

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You may also qualify for the Western Commitment Scholarship!


The BFA in Musical Theatre DOES require an audition for admission into the program. Students will be accepted to WIU as BA theatre majors and then, and if accepted into the BFA program, change the major to a BFA, an easy process. The BFA in Musical Theatre is not a GradTrac program.

Contact the department for audition dates and information or click here.


The degree program has three groups of required coursework:General Education courses, Musical Theatre Core courses, and Musical Theatre Directed Elective courses. Information about the General Education curriculum can be found on the University's website.

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B.A. in Theatre - Performance Option

The chart shows the requirements for the degree.


The chart is a suggested course sequence that shows class registration semester by semester. If the sequence is followed, including summers, with no dropping or failing classes, the BFA degree program can be completed in four years and one summer.


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