BFA in Theatre Arts—Performance

The theatre arts major offers unique training for students with vital theatrical sensibilities whose particular interests and abilities are wide-ranging. It best serves two kinds of students: those who demonstrate the maturity to create an interdisciplinary program combining theatre with another field of study and those who demonstrate the leadership and imagination to create original works.

Liberal Arts Distribution Guidelines

BFA programs require 28 credits (or 7 courses) of liberal arts courses to complete the course of study for graduation. Please see the Freshman Core section for complete distribution guidelines.

Program of Study (minimum of 128 credits)

One semester of Theatre Ensemble (*) is required during the second and third years. More theatre elective credits may be required if Theatre Ensemble is not taken both semesters.

Second Year 1st 2nd
CFA TH 201 Dramatic Lit 1850–1950 3
CFA TH 202 Dramatic Lit 1950–1990 3
Management Elective 2
CFA TH 248 Rehearsal and Performance 1 2
CFA TH 227 & 228 Theatre Ensemble Elective 3 3
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0 0
Liberal Arts Elective 4 4
Design Elective 2
Performance Elective 3 3
Total 16 16
Third Year
CFA TH 327 Theatre Ensemble Elective 3
CFA TH 347 Rehearsal and Performance 2 2
Dramatic Literature Elective 3
Theatre Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 4
General Elective 4
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0
Study Abroad Program 16
Total 16 16
Fourth Year
CFA TH 427 Theatre Ensemble 4: Thesis Development 2
CFA TH 428 Senior Thesis 3
CFA TH 447 & 448 Rehearsal and Performance 3/4 2 1
CFA TH 541 Theatre Internship 3
Dramatic Literature Elective 3
Theatre Elective 3 2
General Elective 4 4
Liberal Arts Elective 4 4
CFA TH 099 Matinee 0
Total 18 16

Theatre Ensemble and Dramatic Literature Elective Guidelines

BFA Theatre Arts Majors are required to fulfill 12.0 credits of Dramatic Literature, and 6.0 credits of Theatre Ensemble.

The 6.0 Theatre Ensemble credits may be fulfilled from the following courses:

  • CFA TH 227 (Theatre Ensemble 2: Autobiography) – Fall, 3.0 credits
  • CFA TH 228 (Theatre Ensemble 2: Adaptation) – Spring, 3.0 credits
  • CFA TH 327 (Theatre Ensemble 3: Acting/Directing Lab) – Fall, 3.0 credits

NOTE: CFA TH 427 (Theatre Ensemble 4: Thesis Development) does not count towards the required 6.0 Theatre Ensemble credits, as it is a requirement for fulfilling the Senior Thesis.

Of the 12.0 Dramatic Lit  credits, 6.0 are fulfilled through the required courses:

  • CFA TH 201 (Dramatic Literature: 1850–1950) – Fall of 2nd year, 3.0
  • CFA TH 202 (Dramatic Literature: 1950–1990) – Spring of 2nd year, 3.0

Visit the BU School of Theatre website for a complete list of the courses available through which to complete the remaining 6.0 credits of Dramatic Literature.

Concentration in Music Theatre

(open to BFA Acting and BFA Theatre Arts/Performance majors)

The Music Theatre concentration at the Boston University School of Theatre is a 4-course, 12-credit sequence available to any student in the BFA Acting or BFA Theatre Arts/Performance degrees, and can be declared starting in the second year of the program. This concentration is designed to enhance a student’s preparedness in the genre of music theatre, to expand the student’s skill sets within the genre, as well as to encourage students to re-imagine and create new future possibilities for the music theatre genre and to prepare them to become leaders in the field. For those who wish to pursue acting or music theatre as a career, or who wish to apply to graduate programs in this field, this concentration will serve as verification of their skill level and commitment to the field of study.

Students in the Music Theatre concentration are encouraged to take private voice lessons through the School of Music and additional dance and movement classes though the Dance Department at the BU Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Department.

Required courses:

  • CFA TH 217 Music Theatre Performance Skills I: Letting the Speaking Voice Sing (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 218 Music Theatre Performance Skills II: Applying Stanislavski Principles (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 317 Music Theatre Performance Skills III: Scene Study (3 cr)
  • CFA TH 419 Music Theatre Performance Lab (3 cr)