Jun 06, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre: Musical Theatre Concentration, B.F.A

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Theatre (TR)

The Department of Theatre provides undergraduate education consistent with the University’s liberal arts and professional emphases. The B.A. degree in Theatre is more of a theatre general studies program, while the concentrations with both the B.A. and the B.F.A. are professional undergraduate degrees in a liberal arts setting. 

The faculty assist with student career pathways and meeting professional and personal goals within the B.A. or B.F.A. Theatre faculty members have devised B.A. and B.F.A. curricula based on the latest approaches to and knowledge of the performance, design/technical, and historical/theoretical branches of the field. The B.A. is more of an overview of these three branches, while the B.F.A. concentrations allow for just that: a concentrated study of one professional area. The B.F.A. is responsive to the needs of the professional areas of acting, directing, design/technical theatre, and musical theatre. Unlike our conservatory competitors, the B.F.A. is firmly situated within a liberal arts university, and this is one of our program’s strongest assets. 

Degrees/Certificates offered:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Theatre with concentrations in:

Students may also have an emphasis in Green Theatre Practices and Theatre for Young Audiences. ​

Core Requirements

All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Core Foundations (9-11 credit hours)

Foundations requirements provide the basic skills essential for effective participation in other classes as well as the professional world.

Core Pillars & Levels (30 credit hours)

Pillars and Levels requirements address the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education and challenges students to integrate prior knowledge and create new ideas through higher levels of coursework.

Cross-Application Note: All courses that meet a Pillar also meet a Level and may meet a Designation requirement. Some courses taken for major and/or minor requirements may also meet Core requirements.

    Social Justice & Civic Life Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

Creativity & Culture Pillar
(6 credit hours required)

Belief & Reason Pillar
(6 credit hours required)
Explorations of Nature Pillar 
(6 credit hours required)

24 credit hours required 












6 credit hours required CONTRIBUTE LEVEL




Core Designations

Core Component Designations requirements incorporate assignments and experiences focused on developing and deepening student understanding to prepare students for responsible lifelong contributions to the global community.

CORE Designations

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)

(9 credit hours)

Global Studies (GS)    

(9 credit hours)     

Community Engagement (CE)    

(3 credit hours) 







Transfer Students

The Core Component Designations requirement for transfer students is determined by the number of credit hours transferred to Avila University. Please see the Transfer Students  page within this catalog.


As noted above, courses can have multiple designations and thus meet multiple requirements at once.

Example: BI 215 - Humans & the Environment (3)  meets all of the following requirements:

  • Belief & Reason Nature Pillar
  • Transform Level
  • Global Studies (GS) Designation
  • Major Requirement

Major Requirements

The candidate for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre must complete all the general degree requirements as stated in the Core Curriculum. In addition, the B.F.A. candidate must complete at least 24 upper-division hours in the major at Avila. A maximum of 75 hours in any single subject is allowed. Theatre majors and minors must receive a grade of “C” or higher in all courses taken in the major.

BFA Concentration Requirements

Technology Requirement

Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of: 


Grades of CR/NC are not permitted with the Theatre major requirements.


In addition to the degree requirements stated earlier in this catalog, upon graduation an Avila University Theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to:

Theatre B.A. and B.F.A. Outcomes

  • Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to place text and production in an historical and theoretical context. (TR 223  and TR 499 )
  • Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to display a basic knowledge of acting technique and character development. (TR 271  and TR 499 )
  • Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major will have demonstrated the ability to display a basic knowledge of elemental technical theatre techniques. (TR 251  and TR 499 )

      *Musical Theatre BFA has a choice of the capstone of either TR 499  or MU 498 

Upon graduation an Avila University theatre major with a musical theatre concentration will have demonstrated the ability to place music in proper historical social context; define and apply appropriate vocabulary and terminology to music and demonstrate the comprehensive knowledge of music through performance. (MU 498 )

In addition, the B.F.A graduate will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Acting: Recognize, distinguish, and implement a range of acting styles. (TR 471 )
  • Directing:  Direct (analyze and realize) a dramatic work. (TR 463 )
  • Design and Technology:  Communicate concepts and ideas visually and orally. (TR 451 )
  • Musical Theatre:  Realize a musical theatre character from printed word to performance. (TR 377 )
  • Musical Theatre:  Demonstrate knowledge of harmony, melody and rhythm through analysis. (MU 272 )


The outcomes for the Theatre major are assessed through a combination of written and performance projects. The assessment process culminates in the senior capstone. Each major (both BA and BFA) must complete the capstone in the major, which is 1) performance-based with a written component and, 2) is supervised and evaluated by a faculty mentor.

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