Apr 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Theatre: Musical Theatre Specialization (B.F.A.)


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87 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

The B.F.A. Musical Theatre Specialization prepares students for entry into professional theatre as specialists in performance or for graduate study in the area. Musical Theatre training is process oriented with emphasis placed on developing an expressive vocal/physical/sensory instrument and special skills in dance and singing. These performance skills are integrated with a specific system of text analysis for use in the creation of a role.

In addition to the regental and university general education requirements, the following courses are required:

Specialization Requirements (87 hours)


Note:


THEA 495 Practicum (C) will be taken over 4 semesters (1cr each).

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs


USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan. 

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will be able to systematically explore issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments, and break down complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them.
  2. Students will design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.
  3. Students will engage in purposeful, ongoing learning activities that improve their knowledge, skills and competence in their personal and professional lives.
  4. Students will interact with other students and evaluate the effort put into team tasks, interactions with others, and the quantity and quality made to team discussions.
  5. Students will comprehensively explore issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion, and combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise in original ways reflecting a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.
  6. Demonstrate effective, healthy techniques of vocalization for the singing and speaking voice.
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to release tension, facilitate concentration, and create a believable character, and utilize text analysis in the creation of a believable character.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of effective audition technique and the musical theatre performer’s workfinding process.
  9. Demonstrate effective and healthy techniques of movement and dance styles used in musical theatre performance.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to integrate the disciplines of singing, acting, and dancing into the creation of a role.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

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