BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a new program which offers more intensive training in three areas of concentration: acting, musical theatre, and design and technical production, giving advanced, highly disciplined students the tools necessary to pursue a career on stage or screen.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: ACTING CONCENTRATION

This concentration provides a rigorously structured sequence of study designed to support the actor in the development of a solid base of technique in a wide array of acting styles and methods. The curriculum is complemented by intensive training in movement and voice for the stage, and augmented by advanced study in all areas of theatre, including directing, playwriting, design, and technology. All courses are taught by a vibrant, distinguished faculty of working professionals, dedicated to partnering with students to achieve greater success, both at the University and in the world beyond.

From the first semester on campus, BFA students are provided considerable performance opportunities in the Mainstage and Studio seasons, as well as in a performance showcase tailored specifically for first year students. With their extensive national and international connections, the faculty facilitates significant performance experiences each summer, including an ongoing internship with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and performance opportunities with the Teatro Nacionale in Havana, Cuba, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Throughout their academic career, students will also be exposed to the highest caliber of guest artists to enrich their training, including master classes with Broadway, television, and film casting directors, Hollywood directors, internationally recognized guest directors, and specialists in everything from Commedia to Swashbuckling. In their final year, students perform in Bama on Broadway, our NYC showcase, which has served as a successful bridge to the profession for many of our graduates.

ADMISSION PROCESS

Admission to the BFA Acting concentration is by audition and interview only. Auditions are held on campus each November and January, with dates published each fall on the department website. Students must complete the online application form (also on the website) and apply to The University of Alabama in order to be considered for admission. Students will be notified of acceptance and eligibility for possible departmental scholarship no later than February 1. If accepted, continuance is dependent upon satisfactory development, evaluated by the acting faculty at the end of each semester.

AUDITIONS

Please visit the departmental website for up-to-date, detailed information on the audition process.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: MUSICAL THEATRE CONCENTRATION

The Musical Theatre concentration in the Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to fostering a student's talent and technique in all aspects of musical theatre. Students enjoy the advantage of being a part of a vibrant liberal arts community with the added benefit of more intimate class sizes.

Designed to prepare students for a professional career or graduate study in musical theatre, the BFA allows us to continue our solid and successful musical theatre training while providing an environment for students seeking a more specialized curriculum in the three pillars of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing. Please note, the Academic Common Market is not available to students in the BFA-MT concentration.

By studying Musical Theatre at UA, you will:

  • work with a faculty of passionate, highly trained professionals.
  • make valuable connections in professional musical theatre by participating in master classes and auditions here on campus.
  • receive hands-on preparation for various employment opportunities through professional theatre conferences and on-campus auditions.
  • have an invaluable, competitive edge with information and material that prepares students for a comprehensive career in the business aspects of musical theatre.
  • have the opportunity to audition for participation in a senior showcase in NYC, performing for industry professionals.
  • have the opportunity to perform as part of SummerTide Theatre (our professional theatre in Gulf Shores), and in student productions.

ADMISSION PROCESS

Admission to the BFA Musical Theatre concentration is by audition. Auditions are held on campus each November and January, with exact dates published annually on the departmental website. Students must complete the online application form (also on the website) and apply to The University of Alabama in order to be considered for admission. Students will be notified of acceptance, and eligibility for possible departmental scholarship, no later than February 1. If accepted, continuance is dependent upon satisfactory development, evaluated annually by the musical theatre faculty.

AUDITIONS

Please visit the departmental website for up-to-date information on the audition process.

NOTE: There is overlap between the material covered by both the BA and BFA, but as a whole they have distinct differences, which means what's right for one prospective student isn't always right for another. No matter what degree one decides to pursue, our mission is to develop the knowledge, skills, and concepts essential to the life of a musical theatre professional.

For more information, please contact Stacy Alley, Director of Musical Theatre, at 205-348-6247 or slalley@ua.edu.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS: DESIGN AND TECHNICAL PRODUCTION CONCENTRATION

The BFA Design and Technical Production concentration at The University of Alabama is a rigorous program designed to prepare talented and highly disciplined students for work in professional theatre. It offers competitive training in a collaborative environment. In addition to the required core theatre courses, the comprehensive curriculum includes all areas of design and technical production.

Beginning in their first year, students may be considered for a wide variety of production opportunities, including mainstage productions in the Marian Gallaway Theatre and MFA student-directed productions in the Allen Bales Theatre.

ADMISSION/RETENTION PROCESS

Admission to the BFA Design and Technical Production concentration is by portfolio review and interview only. Students must both fill out an application form for the Design and Technical Production concentration and apply to The University of Alabama. There are two Audition/Interview Days on campus each year, one in November and one in January. Individual interviews can also be arranged. If admitted, students will be notified no later than February 1. Once accepted into the program, continuance is contingent on an annual "end of year" evaluation by members of the Design and Technical Production faculty.

 Admission to the program will be based on auditions, interviews, and, where appropriate, portfolio reviews.  Continuance will be based upon periodic assessments.  Practicums will be required in all areas of concentration.   A senior project or recital will be required.

Theatre, B.F.A.

Hours
B.F.A. Core Courses
TH 114Intro To The Theatre3
TH 141Acting I3
TH 220 or Fundamentals of Stagecraft3
TH 231 Beginning Costume Construction
TH 361 or Beginning Directing3
TH 470 Theatre Management
TH 451Hist Of The Theatre I3
TH 452History Of The Theatre II3
TH 291Practicum I1
TH 391Practicum II1
TH 191Introduction to Practicum1
Total Hours21

Acting Concentration

Hours
TH 240Beginning Movement3
TH 242Acting II Intro to Scene Stud3
TH 440Stage Movement III3
TH 441Acting III: Advanced Scene Study3
TH 442Careers In Prof Theatre (Careers in Acting)3
TH 444Acting 4: Comedy and Film3
TH 445Acting 5: Acting Shakespeare3
TH 446Adv Voice Speech Perform3
TH 447Stage Dialects3
TH 448Rehearsal Process3
TH 499Independent Study3
TH 230Stage Makeup2
TH 361 or Beginning Directing3
TH 470 Theatre Management
TH 365Stage Management3
TH 482Playwriting I3
Electives: Courses in Acting, Voice, Movement, Design15
Total Hours59

Musical Theatre Concentration

Hours
MUSICAL THEATRE REQUIREMENTS
TH 114Intro To The Theatre3
TH 141Acting I3
TH 165Musicianship Theatre Perform I3
TH 166Musicianship Theatre Perf II3
THMT 174Freshman Musical Theatre Voice2
THMT 274Sophomore MTVoice2
THMT 374Junior Musical Theatre Voice2
THMT 474Senior MTVoice2-4
TH 191Introduction to Practicum1
TH 291Practicum I1
TH 391Practicum II1
DN 210Dance Styles II3
DN 310Dance Styles III3
TH 220Fundamentals of Stagecraft3
Beginning Costume Construction
TH 242Acting II Intro to Scene Stud3
TH 451Hist Of The Theatre I3
TH 361Beginning Directing3
Theatre Management
TH 452History Of The Theatre II3
TH 465Musical Theatre Performance I3
TH 466Musical Theatre Performance II3
TH 467Musicl Theatre Repertoire Coac3
TH 495Senior Project1-3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 54-58
DANCE TECHNIQUE COURSES
Select 6 hours chosen from the following DN courses:6
Ballet Technique I-A
Ballet Technique I-B
Ballet Technique II-A
Ballet Technique II-B
Ballet Technique III-A
Ballet Technique III-B
Ballet Technique IV-A
Ballet Technique IV-B
Select an additional 9 hours from the following DN courses:9
Beginning Tap Dance
Modern Dance Technique III-A
Modern Dance Technique III-B
Advanced Tap Technique
Jazz Technique II-A
Jazz Technique II-B
Jazz Technique III-A
Jazz Technique III-B
Jazz Technique IV-A
Jazz Technique IV-B
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
THEATRE PERFORMANCE COURSES
Select 12 hours from the following TH or THMT courses:12
Beginning Movement
Stage Movement III
Acting 4: Comedy and Film
Acting 5: Acting Shakespeare
Stage Dialects
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Hours81-85

Design/Technical Theatre ConcentrationMore Information

Hours
TH 120Principles Of Stage Design3
TH 220Fundamentals of Stagecraft3
TH 230Stage Makeup2
TH 231Beginning Costume Construction3
TH 233Beginning Costume Design3
TH 322Fund Of Stage Lighting3
TH 365Stage Management3
TH 415Properties Construction3
TH 419Electricity and Electronics3
TH 420Technical Direction3
TH 421Period Decor3
TH 423Drafting For Theatre3
TH 422Scene Design3
TH 424Adv Scene Design3
TH 425Scene Painting3
TH 426Sound Design3
TH 427Computer Drafting For Theatre3
TH 432Costume Constructn II3
TH 433Costume Design I3
TH 434Costume Design II3
TH 435Presentation for Designers3
TH 437Drawing for Stage Designs3
TH 436Fabric Modification3
TH 439Advanced Stage Makeup3
Electives: Selected dependent upon area of specialization24
Total Hours95