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Musical Theatre, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
Located in the School of Theatre and Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Musical Theatre program is offered by James Madison University includes coursework in acting, dance, voice, musical theatre performane and audition technique, theatre and musical theatre history, technical theatre, music theory, and piano.  
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Overview

As a student in the Musical Theatre Program at James Madison University, you will experience one of the most active production programs of any undergraduate theatre program in the country. We believe learning is only complete when applied to production.

Our students have the opportunity to audition for and perform in many productions each year including a faculty or guest directed main stage musical with orchestra, a faculty or guest directed studio musical or musical revue, and student-produced musicals. Additional performance opportunities include recitals, staged readings, and workshop productions.

Our Musical Theatre Major provides professionally focused training within the context of a broader university experience.  The intensive, hands-on curriculum includes coursework in acting, dance, voice, musical theatre performance and audition technique, theatre/musical theatre history and analysis, technical theatre, music theory, and piano. Students develop their skills in a structured program that includes one-on-one mentorship and guidance.  

We believe that musical theatre is a highly interdisciplinary art form.  So, at the heart of our Bachelor of Arts program is a core practice to encourage students to hone their skills as performers, while also providing them the opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge of all areas of collaborative theatre making; affording students the opportunity to form their own unique voices as creative artists prepared to succeed in the professional arena.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theatre and Dance Colloquium
  • Performance Production
  • Topics in Theatre
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Theatre Practicum: Scenery
  • Theatre Practicum: Lights
  • Theatre Practicum: Costumes
  • Theatre Practicum: Management
  • Theatre Practicum: Performance
  • Introduction to Theatre

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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