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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre prepares students for life as working artists in the musical theatre field. Practical training and creative experiences are coupled with an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in theatre history, analysis and criticism.

Students will be able to study, perform and produce theatrical pieces for the school’s theatrical and dance productions. Kent State’s Center for the Performing Arts houses three theatres, performance and rehearsal space, costume shop and laboratories for costumes, drafting, lighting and scenery. In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance oversees the outdoor venue Porthouse Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls.

Students in their senior year may be selected to participate in the annual New York City Musical Theatre Showcase, which enables students to perform for prospective casting directors, talent managers and theatrical and commercial agents.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiencies that are equal to entry-level positions in the profession or as expected for admission into the Master of Fine Arts degree as a singer, actor and/or dancer.
  • Demonstrate and articulate proficiency and understanding in and of music performance and theory, basic dance performance and technique and acting and acting theory/systems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how acting and storytelling are the foundation of all three interrelated areas of performance (acting, singing and dance).
  • Demonstrate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in movement and dance.
  • Demonstrate and articulate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in the execution of vocal performance, sight-singing, musicianship and music theory.
  • Demonstrate and articulate correct and aesthetically pleasing technique in acting and acting theory/systems.
  • Perform in workshops and full productions of musical theatre in a variety of formal and informal settings.
  • Develop substantial and appropriate audition repertoire.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in audition technique.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in respect for the craft.

Which department am I in?

College of the Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,613.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

Kent State University

800 E. Summit Street,

KENT,

Ohio,

44242, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

New freshmen applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.). Freshmen should meet the minimum requirement of GPA 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 scale.

For international students

New freshmen applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.). Freshmen should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ? 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 scale. Applicants must obtain a minimum score of TOEFL Paper Based Test is 525 (71 on the Internet based version), the minimum score of MELAB is 75 or IELTS minimum score of 6.0 and the minimum score of PTE academic is 48.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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