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Theatre and Dance Degrees

  • We believe that theatre is an inclusive experience that helps students develop skills that can support them as they work in a multitude of professions whether in the field of theatre or in other associated fields.

  • We nurture an ensemble-based environment where Everybody Counts! Everybody Contributes! and Everybody Cares! 

  • We value faculty, staff, and guest designers who are current professionals in their field so that students may have the opportunity to be a part of today’s living theatre.

  • Our students represent a wide variety of majors, backgrounds, experiences, and ages. 

  • Our standards for excellence remain the same for all to strive for and achieve through our production process, rigorous course work, and community service activities.

 

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Bachelors in Theatre (BA)

A place where theatre is considered ‘Equipment for Living!’ 

Bachelors in Theatre (BA) Advising Sheet: BA Advising Sheet 2019 2020

4-Year Sample Curriculum Plan: BA Curriculum Plan

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The BA in Theatre is for any student who seeks to expand their knowledge and skills in the time honored craft of theatre. Students who select a BA in Theatre must choose a minor or second major.  Students may want to work in education, go to graduate school, or work in the commercial arts and entertainment industry.  The BA degree can be tailored to each student’s skills and passions.  Majors are asked to participate in two productions each year either onstage, backstage, or helping in either the scene or costume shop.

Bachelors in Theatre (BFA)

Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Music Theatre (BFA/MT) 

Advising Sheet: BFA in Theatre (Music Theatre Concentration) 

4-Year Sample Curriculum Plan: BFA MT Curriculum Plan

BFA/MT PROGRAM APPLICATION: BFA Music Theatre Program Application

NOTE:  Admittance to the BFA/MT program requires an 1. Application, 2. Music Department Audition, and a 3. Theatre Department Audition and Interview.  Deadlines are listed on the BFA Music Theatre Program Application.  Contact Jeffrey Parker at jparke80@msudenver.edu for more information.

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  • The BFA in Music Theatre is for any student who seeks to work as a performer in the commercial arts and entertainment industry.  Some students go on for post-graduate studies or into associated disciplines.
  • Students graduate with a complete portfolio (including photos, resumes, monologues, and music) designed to allow them to audition in a variety of formats and music theatre styles.  Majors are required to participate in two productions each year either onstage, backstage, or helping in either the scene or costume shop.

 General Expectations for BFA/MT

  • Embrace and promote our ‘Ensemble Value’ where Everybody Counts! Everybody Contributes! And Everybody Cares!
  • Attend every MSU Denver production.
  • Audition for every mainstage production.
  • Participate in two (2) mainstage productions every academic year.
  • Attend mandatory coaching sessions (Fridays from 2pm-4pm).
  • Be a BFA in Theatre for at least two full years (four semesters not including summers).
  • Fulfill the requirements of the BFA/MT Handbook upon entry into the program.
  • Maintain a C- average in all theatre and all associated program classes (including music and dance). Maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA average overall as MSU Denver’s graduation requirement.
  • Complete 120 total hours (including 40 upper-division hours and completion of all general studies requirements).
  • Students admitted to the BFA/MT are not required to complete a minor.
     

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BFA/MT

  • ALL BFA/MT MAJORS MUST APPLY, AUDITION, AND INTERVIEW BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE DEGREE PROGRAM.
  • ALL TRANSFER STUDENTS are required to fulfill two (2) years (four semesters not including summers) in either BFA programs after acceptance.
  • All applicants should be able to demonstrate some level of competency, experience and/or educational training in theatre and music prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Apply BFA Music Theatre Program Application
  • Audition for the Music Department
  • Audition for the Theatre Department
  • Participate in an interview. 

Contact: Jeffrey Parker at jparke80@msudenver.edu

 

Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Applied Theatre Technology and Design (BFA/ATTD) Advising Sheet: BFA in Theatre (Applied Theatre Technology and Design Concentration) 

4-Year Sample Curriculum Plan: BFA ATTD Curriculum Plan

NOTE: Admittance to the BFA/ATTD program requires an 1. Application and 2. Interview.  Applications are due by the last Friday before Finals Week each semester. Contact Brian Kelley at bkelley9@msudenver.edu for more information.


  • The BFA in Theatre with an Applied Theatre Technology and Design is for students who seek work in technical areas in the arts and entertainment industry. Some students go on for post- graduate studies or into associated disciplines.
  • BFA/ATTD majors graduate with a portfolio (depending upon their particular interests, such as stage management, technical direction, lighting, or costuming) designed to assist the student with seeking employment.
  • The primary focus of the program is the development of skills related to applied technologies while offering opportunities to work with professionals to learn the dynamics of designing sets, costumes, lights, properties, and makeup. Majors are required to participate in two productions each year either onstage, backstage, or helping in either the scene or costume shop.

 General Expectations for BFA/ATTD

  • Embrace and promote our ‘Ensemble Value’ where Everybody Counts! Everybody Contributes! And Everybody Cares!
  • Attend every MSU Denver production.
  • Participate in two (2) mainstage productions every academic year.
  • Attend mandatory training sessions (Fridays from 2pm-4pm).
  • Be a BFA in Theatre for at least two full years (four semesters not including summers).
  • Fulfill the requirements of the BFA/ATTD Handbook upon entry into the program.
  • Maintain a C- average in all theatre and all associated program classes (including music and dance). Maintain a 2.0 GPA in the major.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA average overall as MSU Denver’s graduation requirement.
  • Complete 120 total hours (including 40 upper-division hours and completion of all general studies requirements).
  • Students admitted to the BFA/ATTD are not required to complete a minor and should work in at least two discipline areas.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BFA/ATTD

  • ALL BFA/ATTD MAJORS MUST APPLY AND INTERVIEW BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE DEGREE PROGRAM.
  • ALL TRANSFER STUDENTS are required to fulfill two (2) years (four semesters not including summers) in either BFA programs after acceptance.
  • All applicants should be able to demonstrate some level of competency, experience and/or educational training in technical theatre prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Interview with the Theatre Department 

Contact: Brian Kelley at bkelley9@msudenver.edu

Minor in Theatre

Advising Sheet: Minor in Theatre

  • A minor in theatre allows a student to explore their passion for theatre as a compliment to their chosen major discipline. The minor can be tailored to each student’s needs, desires, and talents.  Whether you want a focus in performance or in technical theatre, a minor is a flexible way to give you skills for life.    

 

 

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