Academic Calendar

Music Theatre Performance – Bachelor of Fine Arts

Overview

MacEwan University is home to one of Canada's leading triple-threat training programs in musical theatre performance. Students train in world-class theatre facilities at Allard Hall alongside peers who share their passion for performance. In the Music Theatre Performance major, students explore their authentic artistic voice in a learning environment that encourages creative risk-taking and celebrates diversity. Students showcase their talents in smash-hit Broadway musicals and cutting-edge contemporary plays for public audiences. By the end of this four-year experience, students will be set up for success with practical skills and professional connections.

Contact Information
musictheatre@macewan.ca

The Bachelor of Fine Arts

Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
MacEwan.ca/BFA

MacEwan University's new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with four distinct majors—Arts and Cultural Management, Studio Arts, Music Theatre Performance, and Theatre Production—offers students the opportunity to complete a BFA in a distinct discipline while studying closely with students in other complementary fine arts and communications disciplines. The curriculum explores the interdependent and interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art and the diverse spaces within which artists work. 

The BFA provides depth in one of four disciplines while also incorporating breadth though multi- and interdisciplinary studies. All students take several interdisciplinary courses, like The Arts in Culture and First Peoples and the Arts and can also choose from a range of electives in the social sciences and business. This degree responds to the changing needs of the creative and cultural industries and students graduate with practical management skills and a depth of knowledge, skill, and expertise in their chosen discipline. 

Degree Requirements

Program Element Description Credits
Major Requirements Students complete between 69 to 102 credits of required courses, depending on their major. All students complete 6 credits of university English (ENGL) and up to 9 credits of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts (INTA) courses. 69-102
Interdisciplinary Options Students complete between 0 and 6 credits of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts (INTA) options, depending on their major. 0-6
Program Options Students complete between 0 to 24 credits of program options, depending on their major. 0-24
Electives Students complete between 15 and 27 credits of electives, depending on their major. 15-27

Major Requirements

ENGL 102Analysis and Argument3
Choose 3 credits of ENGL from the following:3
Approaches to Literature: Trends and Traditions
Approaches to Literature: Narrative Across Media
Approaches to Literature: Contemporary Literature and Culture
INTA 210The Arts in Culture3
INTA 362First Peoples and The Arts3
INTA 414Making a Career in the Arts3
THAR 101Acting I3
THAR 104Voice I3
THAR 110Dance I3
THAR 140Music Theory and Ear Training I3
THAR 141Music Theory and Ear Training II3
THAR 151Acting II3
THAR 154Voice II3
THAR 160Dance II3
THAR 201Acting III3
THAR 204Voice III3
THAR 240Music Theory and Ear Training III3
THAR 241Music Theory and Ear Training IV 3
THAR 250Dance III3
THAR 251Acting IV3
THAR 254Voice IV3
THAR 260Dance IV3
THAR 301Acting V3
THAR 304Voice V3
THAR 350Dance V3
THAR 351Acting VI3
THAR 354Voice VI3
THAR 360Dance VI3
THAR 401Acting VII3
THAR 404Voice VII1.5
THAR 440Dance VII1.5
THAR 450Performance I3
THAR 451Acting VIII3
THAR 454Voice VIII1.5
THAR 460Performance II3
THAR 461Dance VIII1.5
Choose 3 credits from available AGAD courses3
Interdisciplinary Options
Choose 3 credits from available INTA courses3
Electives
Choose 15 credits of electives. Students must take a minimum of 6 credits up to a maximum of 9 credits from available AGAD, ARTE, BCSC, DESN, INTA, MUSC, PREL and THPR courses.15
Students must receive 6 credits from any of the following courses:
Performance I
or
Performance II
or
Performance III
Total Credits120

Course Substitutions

List of Course Substitutions
Credit Earned in: May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:
THAR 109 THAR 241
THAR 206 3 credits of electives in AGAD, ARTE, BCSC, DESN, INTA, MUSC, PREL or THPR

Diploma Exit

ENGL 102Analysis and Argument3
Choose 3 credits of ENGL from the following:3
Approaches to Literature: Trends and Traditions
Approaches to Literature: Narrative Across Media
Approaches to Literature: Contemporary Literature and Culture
INTA 210The Arts in Culture3
THAR 101Acting I3
THAR 104Voice I3
THAR 110Dance I3
THAR 140Music Theory and Ear Training I3
THAR 141Music Theory and Ear Training II3
THAR 151Acting II3
THAR 154Voice II3
THAR 160Dance II3
THAR 201Acting III3
THAR 204Voice III3
THAR 240Music Theory and Ear Training III3
THAR 241Music Theory and Ear Training IV 3
THAR 250Dance III3
THAR 251Acting IV3
THAR 254Voice IV3
THAR 260Dance IV3
Electives
Choose 3 credits from available AGAD, ARTE, BCSC, DESN, INTA, MUSC, PREL and THPR courses3
Total Credits60

Degree Regulations

Progression of Studies

Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for all courses.

Junior- and Senior-Level Courses

Courses numbered from 100 to 199 are considered junior level, and courses numbered from 200 to 499 are considered senior level.

Senior-Level Coursework Requirements

A minimum of 72 credits of the total 120 program credits must be at the senior level. Additional courses at the 100-level will be declared extra to the 120 credits required to complete the degree and will not be counted toward fulfillment of graduation requirements.

English, Option and Elective Requirements

Students must review their major area Program of Study to ensure that they are familiar with the major requirements as well as the English, Options and Electives (and required number of senior-level credits) required for successful completion of their degree. Periodic meetings with an Academic Advisor are strongly recommended.

Residency Requirements

Students must complete 50% of the total credit requirements for the BFA at MacEwan University, as governed by Academic Policy Graduation.

Graduation Grade Point Average

Students must achieve and maintain a minimum Graduation Grade Point Average of 2.00 on the 4.00 scale.

Declaring Your Major

Applicants must declare their major when applying to the BFA. A second-choice option may also be declared at that time.

Changing from one Major to another BFA Major

Students who wish to change their major area of study must reapply to the BFA before the next published application deadline and indicate the new major to which they are applying. In order to be considered for a different major, applicants must be able to fulfill the other admission requirements for that major. See the Admission Criteria for more information on specific requirements for each major.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning opportunities are threaded throughout the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and provide students with important skills, creative industry knowledge and practical experience to succeed in their chosen field of study. To learn more about Work Integrated Learning opportunities for a particular major, please see the Program of Study.

Students completing their field placement courses in the Arts and Cultural Management major must comply with the Academic Policy Work Integrated Learning. The University will facilitate the assignment of students in work placements; however, students must take responsibility for securing an acceptable placement and must work collaboratively with a university supervisor before and during their placement. Students are required to comply with any employer policies, including, but not limited to: confidentiality, hours of work, intellectual property rights and privacy protection.

Diploma Requirements

Students are eligible for a diploma after the completion of 60 credits as specified by the Program of Study in each major. In the Arts and Cultural Management major, that declaration must occur by the add/drop date at the beginning of their second year of study in order for arrangements to be made for the student to complete their required field placement. Failure to declare this intention will result in a delay in obtaining the diploma.

In the three other majors, declaration must occur by the graduation deadline of the year in which they wish to exit with a diploma.

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Fine Arts Learning Outcomes

  1. Use creative methodologies and scholarly research in professional practice.
  2. Advocate for the arts in a variety of communities.
  3. Collaborate with artists and scholars toward the fulfillment of a vision, goal, initiative, or project.
  4. Analyze scholarly works in arts and culture.
  5. Engage communities through art with respect for cultural and social differences.
  6. Communicate effectively and respectfully through a variety of media and in a range of contexts.
  7. Employ ethical and sustainable strategies to support a career in the arts.
  8. Respond to the ongoing demands of a professional arts practice through continual learning.

Music Theatre Performance Major Learning Outcomes

  1. Act, sing, and dance in theatrical performances.
  2. Engage audiences through diverse forms of theatrical expression.
  3. Employ critical and creative approaches in research and performance.
  4. Engage in independent research and collaborative creative practice.
  5. Critically evaluate performances.
  6. Work collaboratively as a member of a creative team.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be admitted to one of the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:

  • ELA 30-1 or 75% in ELA 30-2
  • Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D

Notes:

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to present a broad range of subjects in order to benefit from the breadth of learning and to increase flexibility of future program and course choices.
  • A maximum of two Group B subjects may be presented; they must be from different disciplines.
  • A maximum of one Group D subject may be presented. Group D subjects used for admission must be 5-credit or any credit combination of at least 5 credits (e.g. two 3-credit subjects).

Applicants with nine or more post-secondary-level credits must also present a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a diploma or 24 or more university-level credits will be considered under Previous Post-Secondary Work.

Mature Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must be 20 years of age or older and have been out of full-time high school at least one year by the beginning of the intake term. Applicants must have the following:

  • ELA 30-1 with a minimum grade of 65 percent (or equivalent)

OR

  • Six credits of university level English with no grade less than C-

Applicants with nine or more post-secondary level credits must also present a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a diploma or 24 or more university-level credits will be considered under Previous Post-Secondary Work. 

Previous Post-Secondary Work

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Admission in this category does not imply or guarantee the transfer of any coursework and/or credential unless a block transfer agreement (internal or external) is in effect and published in the calendar by the Office of the University Registrar. In addition, transfer of coursework does not imply or guarantee that an applicant will be admitted.

Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. from a recognized institution:

  • A diploma (minimum of 60 credits)

OR

  • A minimum of 24 university-level credits

Additional Admission Criteria

To be evaluated through the Program

Studio Arts

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio and a statement of intent to be assessed by a committee of Studio Arts faculty.

Successful applicants will demonstrate in their portfolio:

  • Formal skills: aesthetic sensibility, basic understanding of composition, colour, tone, perspective;
  • Technical abilities: an interest in working with a variety of mediums and subjects, demonstrating skill, craftsmanship, diversity; and
  • Demonstrates experimentation and conceptual engagement

Successful applicants will demonstrate in their statement of intent:

  • The ability to express ideas well in writing; 
  • How this MacEwan University program is aligned with their interests and goals; and
  • An interest in learning about the theories and practice of historical and contemporary art.

Music Theatre Performance

Applicants are required to audition and submit a cover letter and resume.

An audition panel will assess:

  • Acting abilities (objectives, actions, creative risk-taking);
  • Singing abilities (breath, phonation, resonance, range, articulation); and
  • Dancing/movement abilities (physicality, gesture, alignment).

The cover letter will include:

  • How this MacEwan University program is aligned with the applicant’s interests and goals.

The resume should include:

  • Previous training;
  • Previous performing experience; and
  • Special skills (e.g. languages, gymnastics, juggling, etc.)

Theatre Production

Applicants are required to submit a brief statement of intent outlining:

  • Why they are interested in the program;
  • The career that they are seeking through the completion of the program; and
  • A description of the last theatre production they attended.

Applicants offered admission to the Theatre Production major are required to submit current, valid standard first aid certification (including Level C CPR) by the published document deadline.