Overview

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University of Miami, students seeking admission to the Department of Theatre Arts BFA program must:

  1. Submit the BFA Application to the Department of Theatre Arts. This application may be found on the "Undergraduate Admissions" page on the University website;
  2. Schedule an audition or portfolio review by contacting the Department of Theatre Arts office at 305. 284.4474. Auditions and reviews are held on the University of Miami campus as well as in major cities throughout the United States at the National Unified Auditions. Audition dates can be found on the Department of Theatre Arts website on the "Prospective Students" page.

BFA transfer applicants must follow the admission procedures described above and should note that if accepted, class standing in the program (freshman, sophomore, etc.) is determined by the BFA faculty in consultation with Department administration.

Musical Theatre Majors are typically admitted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in the fall semester of each academic year.

The candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts must satisfy the academic requirements established by the College of Arts and Sciences , including, but not limited to the demonstration of:

  • Advanced Writing and Communication Proficiency:  Degree candidates must complete at least four writing courses, and at least one writing course must be in the student's major discipline,
  • Mathematics Proficiency: Degree candidates must earn at least 3 credit hours in a Mathematics course numbered MTH 108 or higher.

To remain in the program, BFA students in the Department of Theatre Arts must maintain a cumulative 2.7 (B-) grade point average in all theatre courses (and any other courses required in a student's area of specialization) and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) in all courses.  Failure to maintain satisfactory academic standing will result in the student being placed on academic probation by the Department and may lead to dismissal from the BFA program.

BFA Theatre Arts courses are progressive in nature and students must successfully complete each course in sequence. Failure to pass the requirements of any particular class in the program may result in the student’s dismissal. 

All BFA students are evaluated by the faculty on commitment to training, production work, growth, discipline, and professional potential at the end of each semester.

Departmental production requirements, student responsibilities, and disciplinary policies are detailed in the Student and Production Handbooks, available on the "Current Students" page on the Department's website.

Curriculum Requirements - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Acting

Required Courses
THA 111Acting I-A2
THA 112Acting I-B2
THA 113Movement I-A2
THA 114Movement I-B2
THA 116Dance I-A2
THA 117Dance I-B2
THA 1201-2
THA 1211-2
THA 141Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film2
THA 142Introduction to Theatre Technology2
THA 143Backstage Crew Lab1
THA 144Production Crew Lab1
THA 198Voice and Speech I-A2
THA 199Voice and Speech I-B2
THA 211Acting II-A2
THA 212Acting II-B2
THA 214Movement II3
THA 2942
THA 298Voice and Speech II-A1
THA 299Voice and Speech II-B2
THA 311Acting III-A2
THA 312Acting III-B2
THA 313Movement III1
THA 3141
THA 3152
THA 356Improvisational Acting3
THA 364The Theatre Industry3
THA 381Play Analysis I3
THA 382Play Analysis II3
THA 398Voice and Speech III-A1
THA 399Voice and Speech III-B1
THA 411Acting IV-A2
THA 412Acting IV-B2
THA 4133
THA 416Auditioning II2
THA 420Senior Studio3
THA 455Acting for the Camera3
THA 461Play Direction I3
THA 481Theatre History I3
THA 482Theatre History II3
Elective Courses
Select six Elective Courses:14-18
Dance I-A (and/or Another approved dance class) 1
Other approved singing class
Intermediate Acting I 1
Intermediate Acting II 1
Singing for the Musical Theater 1
Musical Theatre Styles I
Musical Theatre Styles II
Acting for the Camera
Play Direction II 1
THA 466
Introduction to Playwriting 1
THA 365
OR Other approved courses
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
MTH Requirement3
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Total Credit Hours123-129

Curriculum Requirements - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Design/Technical Production

Theater Courses
THA 105Introduction to Acting3
THA 141
THA 143
Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film
and Backstage Crew Lab
3
THA 142
THA 144
Introduction to Theatre Technology
and Production Crew Lab
3
THA 241Basic Costume Sewing and Scenic Painting3
THA 242Drafting for the Theatre3
THA 244Theatre Design and Collaboration - Three Dimentional Creativity for Scenery and Costumes.3
THA 243Beginning Theatre Design How to Sketch Your Idea3
THA 342Scenic Design3
THA 343Costume Design3
THA 344Lighting Design3
THA 364The Theatre Industry3
THA 3653
THA 381Play Analysis I3
THA 382Play Analysis II3
THA 385History of Interior Design and Furniture3
THA 386History of Fashion3
THA 401Internship3
THA 402Internship3
THA 441Advanced Design and Management Practicum I3
THA 442Advanced Design and Management Practicum II6
THA 461Play Direction I3
THA 481Theatre History I3
THA 482Theatre History II3
Other Required Courses
ART 101Introduction to Drawing I3
ART 105Figure Drawing3
ART 109Introduction to Electronic Media3
BUS 150Business Analytics3
COS 211Public Speaking3
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Liberal Arts/ Math6
Liberal Arts Elective15
Theatre Electives (courses must be at the 200-level or higher)18
Total Credit Hours132

Curriculum Requirements - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Musical Theatre

Required Courses
THA 110Freshman Performance Laboratory (taken Fall and Spring of Freshman year)2
THA 111Acting I-A2
THA 112Acting I-B2
THA 113Movement I-A2
THA 114Movement I-B2
THA 116Dance I-A2
THA 117Dance I-B2
THA 141Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film2
THA 142Introduction to Theatre Technology2
THA 143Backstage Crew Lab1
THA 144Production Crew Lab1
THA 191Introductory Applied Music Theatre Voice I1
THA 192Introductory Applied Music Theatre Voice II1
THA 196Singing for the Stage I-A1
THA 197Singing for the Stage I-B1
THA 198Voice and Speech I-A2
THA 199Voice and Speech I-B2
THA 210Sophomore Performance Laboratory2
THA 211Acting II-A2
THA 212Acting II-B2
THA 216Dance II-A1
THA 217Dance II-B2
THA 231Musical Theatre Skills III2
THA 232Musical Theatre Skills IV2
THA 291Beginning Applied Music Theatre Voice I1
THA 292Beginning Applied Music Theatre Voice II1
THA 296Singing for the Stage II-A1
THA 297Singing for the Stage II-B1
THA 298Voice and Speech II-A1
THA 299Voice and Speech II-B2
THA 311Acting III-A2
THA 312Acting III-B2
THA 313Movement III1
THA 316Dance III-A2
THA 317Dance III-B2
THA 384History of the American Musical Theatre3
THA 391Intermediate Applied Music Theatre Voice I1
THA 392Intermediate Applied Music Theatre Voice II1
THA 396Singing for the Stage III-A1
THA 398Voice and Speech III-A1
THA 399Voice and Speech III-B1
THA 411Acting IV-A2
THA 412Acting IV-B2
THA 416Auditioning II2
THA 420Senior Studio3
THA 431Musical Theatre Styles I3
THA 432Musical Theatre Styles II3
THA 455Acting for the Camera3
THA 481Theatre History I3
THA 482Theatre History II3
THA 491Advanced Applied Music Theatre Voice I1
THA 492Advanced Applied Music Theatre Voice II1
Additional Dance Course Requirement4
Other Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTC 109Music Theory Skills I3
MTC 110Music Theory Skills II3
People and Society Cognate9
MTH Requirement3
STEM Cognate9
Total Credit Hours128

Curriculum Requirements - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Stage Management

Theatre Courses
THA 105Introduction to Acting3
THA 141Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film2
THA 142Introduction to Theatre Technology2
THA 143Backstage Crew Lab 11
THA 144Production Crew Lab 11
THA 241Basic Costume Sewing and Scenic Painting3
THA 242Drafting for the Theatre3
THA 243Beginning Theatre Design How to Sketch Your Idea3
THA 344Lighting Design3
THA 364The Theatre Industry3
THA 3653
THA 381Play Analysis I3
THA 382Play Analysis II3
THA 401Internship3
THA 402Internship3
THA 459Stage Management Practicum 29
THA 461Play Direction I3
THA 462Play Direction II3
THA 4633
THA 4643
THA 4663
THA 481Theatre History I3
THA 482Theatre History II3
THA 487Advanced Projects3
Choose one of the following:3
THA 369Producing New Plays and Musicals3
THA 4673
THA 469Producing Musical Theatre II3
Other Required Courses
BUS 150Business Analytics3
COS 112Interpersonal Communication3
COS 211Public Speaking3
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MGT 304Organizational Behavior3
MTC 109Music Theory Skills I3
Math 33
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Theatre Elective 412
Total Credit Hours138

Curriculum Requirements - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Theatre Management

Theatre Courses
THA 105Introduction to Acting3
THA 141Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film2
THA 142Introduction to Theatre Technology2
THA 143Backstage Crew Lab1
THA 144Production Crew Lab1
THA 245Technical Planning for Theatrical Productions3
THA 344Lighting Design3
THA 364The Theatre Industry3
THA 3653
THA 3663
THA 369Producing New Plays and Musicals3
THA 381Play Analysis I3
THA 382Play Analysis II3
THA 401Internship3
THA 402Internship3
THA 403Internship3
THA 461Play Direction I3
THA 4633
THA 4663
THA 4673
THA 4683
THA 481Theatre History I3
THA 482Theatre History II3
Other Required Courses
ACC 211Principles of Financial Accounting3
BSL 212Introduction to Business Law and Ethics3
COS 112Interpersonal Communication3
COS 211Public Speaking3
COS 333Business Communication3
ECO 211Principles of Microeconomics3
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MGT 302Human Resource Management3
MGT 304Organizational Behavior3
MGT 307Advanced Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Marketing Foundations3
Electives9
Liberal Arts Electives27
Total Credit Hours135

Suggested Plan of Study - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Acting

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
THA 111 Acting I-A 2
THA 113 Movement I-A 2
THA 116 Dance I-A 2
THA 120 2
THA 141 Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film 2
THA 143 Backstage Crew Lab 1
THA 198 Voice and Speech I-A 2
THA 294 2
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
THA 112 Acting I-B 2
THA 114 Movement I-B 2
THA 117 Dance I-B 2
THA 121 2
THA 142 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THA 144 Production Crew Lab 1
THA 199 Voice and Speech I-B 2
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
THA 211 Acting II-A 2
THA 298 Voice and Speech II-A 1
THA 381 Play Analysis I 3
Theatre Elective 2-3
People and Society COGNATE 3
MTH Math requirement 3
 Credit Hours14-15
Second Semester
THA 212 Acting II-B 2
THA 299 Voice and Speech II-B 2
THA 382 Play Analysis II 3
THA 356 Improvisational Acting 3
Theatre Elective 2-3
People and Society COGNATE 3
 Credit Hours15-16
Junior Year
First Semester
THA 311 Acting III-A 2
THA 313 Movement III 1
THA 398 Voice and Speech III-A 1
THA 481 Theatre History I 3
Theatre Elective 2-3
STEM Cognate 3
People and Society COGNATE 3
 Credit Hours15-16
Second Semester
THA 312 Acting III-B 2
THA 314 1
THA 399 Voice and Speech III-B 1
THA 315 2
THA 482 Theatre History II 3
Theatre Elective 2-3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours14-15
Senior Year
First Semester
THA 364 The Theatre Industry 3
THA 411 Acting IV-A 2
THA 413 3
THA 416 Auditioning II 2
THA 455 Acting for the Camera 3
THA 461 Play Direction I 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours19
Second Semester
THA 214 Movement II 3
THA 412 Acting IV-B 2
THA 420 Senior Studio 3
Theatre Elective 2-3
Theatre Elective 2-3
 Credit Hours12-14
 Total Credit Hours123-129

Suggested Plan of Study - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Design/Technical Production 

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ART 101 Introduction to Drawing I 3
BUS 150 Business Analytics 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
THA 141
THA 143
Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film
and Backstage Crew Lab
3
THA 365 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ART 105 Figure Drawing 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
THA 105 Introduction to Acting 3
THA 142
THA 144
Introduction to Theatre Technology
and Production Crew Lab
3
Math 3
THA 364 The Theatre Industry 3
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore Year
First Semester
COS 211 Public Speaking 3
THA 241 Basic Costume Sewing and Scenic Painting 3
THA 243 Beginning Theatre Design How to Sketch Your Idea 3
THA 381 Play Analysis I 3
People in Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 242 Drafting for the Theatre 3
THA 244 Theatre Design and Collaboration - Three Dimentional Creativity for Scenery and Costumes. 3
THA 382 Play Analysis II 3
THA 386 History of Fashion 3
People in Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
THA 343 Costume Design 3
THA 344 Lighting Design 3
THA 385 History of Interior Design and Furniture 3
THA 481 Theatre History I 3
People in Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
ART 109 Introduction to Electronic Media 3
THA 342 Scenic Design 3
THA 442 Advanced Design and Management Practicum II 1 3
THA 482 Theatre History II 3
STEM Cognate 3
Theatre Elective 2 3
 Credit Hours18
Senior Year
First Semester
THA 401 Internship 3
THA 441 Advanced Design and Management Practicum I 3 3
THA 461 Play Direction I 3
STEM Cognate 3
Theatre Elective 2 3
Theatre Elective 2 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
THA 402 Internship 3
THA 442 Advanced Design and Management Practicum II 2 3
Theatre Elective 2 3
Theatre Elective 2 3
Theatre Elective 2 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours132

Suggested Plan of Study - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Musical Theatre

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
THA 110 Freshman Performance Laboratory 1
THA 111 Acting I-A 2
THA 113 Movement I-A 2
THA 116 Dance I-A 2
THA 141 Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film 2
THA 143 Backstage Crew Lab 1
THA 191 Introductory Applied Music Theatre Voice I 1
THA 196 Singing for the Stage I-A 1
THA 198 Voice and Speech I-A 2
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTC 109 Music Theory Skills I 3
 Credit Hours20
Second Semester
THA 110 Freshman Performance Laboratory 1
THA 112 Acting I-B 2
THA 114 Movement I-B 2
THA 117 Dance I-B 2
THA 142 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THA 144 Production Crew Lab 1
THA 192 Introductory Applied Music Theatre Voice II 1
THA 197 Singing for the Stage I-B 1
THA 199 Voice and Speech I-B 2
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTC 110 Music Theory Skills II 3
 Credit Hours20
Sophomore Year
First Semester
THA 210 Sophomore Performance Laboratory 1
THA 211 Acting II-A 2
THA 216 Dance II-A 1
THA 231 Musical Theatre Skills III 2
THA 291 Beginning Applied Music Theatre Voice I 1
THA 296 Singing for the Stage II-A 1
THA 298 Voice and Speech II-A 1
THA 384 History of the American Musical Theatre 3
MTH Math requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 210 Sophomore Performance Laboratory 1
THA 212 Acting II-B 2
THA 214 Movement II 1
THA 217 Dance II-B 2
THA 232 Musical Theatre Skills IV 2
THA 292 Beginning Applied Music Theatre Voice II 1
THA 297 Singing for the Stage II-B 1
THA 299 Voice and Speech II-B 2
People and Society COGNATE 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
THA 311 Acting III-A 2
THA 313 Movement III 1
THA 316 Dance III-A 2
THA 391 Intermediate Applied Music Theatre Voice I 1
THA 396 Singing for the Stage III-A 1
THA 398 Voice and Speech III-A 1
THA 481 Theatre History I 3
People and Society COGNATE 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
THA 312 Acting III-B 2
THA 317 Dance III-B 2
THA 392 Intermediate Applied Music Theatre Voice II 1
THA 399 Voice and Speech III-B 1
THA 482 Theatre History II 3
People and Society Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
THA 316 Dance III-A 2
THA 411 Acting IV-A 2
THA 416 Auditioning II 2
THA 431 Musical Theatre Styles I 3
THA 455 Acting for the Camera 3
THA 491 Advanced Applied Music Theatre Voice I 1
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
THA 317 Dance III-B 2
THA 412 Acting IV-B 2
THA 420 Senior Studio 3
THA 432 Musical Theatre Styles II 3
THA 492 Advanced Applied Music Theatre Voice II 1
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours129

Suggested Plan of Study - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Stage Management

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
THA 141 Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film 2
THA 143 Backstage Crew Lab 1
THA 365 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTC 109 Music Theory Skills I 3
Math 108 or higher 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 105 Introduction to Acting 3
THA 142 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THA 144 Production Crew Lab 1
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
BUS 150 Business Analytics 3
Math 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
THA 243 Beginning Theatre Design How to Sketch Your Idea 3
THA 364 The Theatre Industry 3
THA 381 Play Analysis I 3
THA 459 Stage Management Practicum 3
People in Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 242 Drafting for the Theatre 3
THA 382 Play Analysis II 3
THA 463 3
COS 112 Interpersonal Communication 3
STEM COGNATE 3
People in Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours18
Junior Year
First Semester
THA 241 Basic Costume Sewing and Scenic Painting 3
THA 344 Lighting Design 3
THA 459 Stage Management Practicum 3
THA 461 Play Direction I 3
THA 481 Theatre History I 3
Theatre Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
THA 462 Play Direction II 3
THA 464 3
THA 482 Theatre History II 3
COS 211 Public Speaking 3
Theatre Elective 3
THA Management Course (THA 369, THA 467 or THA 469 are recommended) 3
 Credit Hours18
Senior Year
First Semester
THA 459 Stage Management Practicum 3
THA 466 3
STEM COGNATE 6
THA Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 401 Internship 3
THA 402 Internship 3
THA 487 Advanced Projects 3
Theatre Elective 3
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours129

Suggested Plan of Study - B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with Concentration in Theatre Management

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
THA 141 Introduction to Scenic, Costume, and Light Design in Theatre and Film 2
THA 143 Backstage Crew Lab 1
THA 364 The Theatre Industry 3
THA 365 3
ACC 211 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 105 Introduction to Acting 3
THA 142 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THA 144 Production Crew Lab 1
THA 245 Technical Planning for Theatrical Productions 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
THA 366 1 3
THA 369 Producing New Plays and Musicals 3
THA 481 Theatre History I 3
MKT 301 Marketing Foundations 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
THA 344 Lighting Design 3
THA 466 3
THA 482 Theatre History II 3
BSL 212 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics 3
ECO 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Junior Year
First Semester
THA 381 Play Analysis I 3
THA 401 Internship 3
THA 461 Play Direction I 3
THA 467 3
COS 333 Business Communication 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
THA 382 Play Analysis II 3
THA 468 3
MGT 307 Advanced Organizational Behavior 3
Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Senior Year
First Semester
THA 403 Internship 3
THA 463 3
COS 112 Interpersonal Communication 3
MGT 302 Human Resource Management 3
Liberal Arts 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
THA 402 Internship 3
COS 211 Public Speaking 3
MGT 304 Organizational Behavior 3
Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3
 Credit Hours18
 Total Credit Hours135