The goal of the bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre major is to train students for successful careers in musical and stage performance in the competitive entertainment industry. The major shares a joint curriculum and resources drawn from WVU’s School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music. A typical B.F.A. student may perform in as many as 15 productions during the course of study at WVU.
Career opportunities for musical theatre majors include working as professional performers in the television, film and entertainment industries. Graduates with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre may continue their education in graduate theatre programs.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearTHET 160 Theatre Fundamentals THET 191 First-Year Seminar - CCA THET 144 Fundamentals of Acting THET 103 Stagecraft THET 104 Stagecraft Lab
Senior YearThis major is so brand-spanking new that students haven’t finished their senior year.
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Musical Theatre students have an opportunity to perform in one major musical and several minimally produced performance and showcase productions each year.
- About 10,000 patrons see School of Theatre and Dance performances each year.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.