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Musical Theatre, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Designed to prepare students as "triple threats", the interdisciplinary BFA in Musical Theatre degree program from Otterbein University offers a four-year sequence of courses in acting, voice, music and dance.

About

Musical Theatre majors from Otterbein University take courses in music theory, keyboard, musical theatre, private voice study, and extensive training in jazz, tap, modern, ballet and musical theatre dance. They also take courses with the BFA Acting majors, including diction and dialects, movement (Alexander and Feldenkrais), voice for stage (Fitzmaurice), scenework, acting for TV/film and styles including Shakespeare.

Coursework is augmented with a wide variety of public performances. Musical Theatre majors audition for all mainstage productions, not just musicals. Additional performance opportunities exist in directing workshops and various vocal ensembles. Students are expected to participate in music ensembles and mainstage theatre productions. All students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the BFA program.

The senior year is highlighted by a ten-week internship centered around the students’ interest. Many take an internship with a professional casting director in New York City while others choose agents, directors and choreographers in Chicago, NYC or LA. 

Otterbein has relationships built with industry leaders in NYC that include, Telsey + Co, Jay Binder, Tara Rubin, Jim Carnahan (Roundabout Theatre), Andy Blankenbuehler, Stephanie Klapper, Michael Cassara Casting, Law & Order SVU, among others. Students function as readers for professional auditions, meet agents, directors and producers, and begin the process of networking with people in the profession. Acting majors are also eligible to participate in the Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

The following items are required in order for international students to be considered for freshman or transfer admission to Otterbein University. Once all your application materials have been submitted, we can typically send you an application decision within 2-4 weeks.  Our application review is holistic, meaning it takes into consideration many factors such as your test scores, essay, and involvement outside of the classroom.

  • Common Application, including essay.
  • $50 Application fee.
  • Official transcripts/documents for four years of high school/secondary school (grades 9-12).

Admission to Otterbein is based on a student’s overall potential for academic success. Decisions are made after a holistic review.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32042 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32042 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Westerville

  • 1189 - 1970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

International Undergraduate Scholarships ($12,000 – $15,000)

  • Students are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship at the time of application. This award is based on a combination of factors including test scores and academic performance. 

Talent & Departmental Scholarships ($500 – $4,000)

  • Otterbein recognizes individual talents, experiences and passions through special interest awards in art, dance, music, theatre, community service, student leadership, and other talents.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarships ($1,000 – $5,000)

  • Awarded to recognize participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Students taking at least two courses are eligible.

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