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Musical Theatre (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Explore all aspects of theatre, dance and music—on and off the stage—in Creighton’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in musical theatre degree. The bachelor’s degree will give you a foundational knowledge and lifelong appreciation of a unique type of theatre that combines songs, dialogue, acting and dance into one unified performance.

As a musical theatre major at Creighton, you’ll perform on the Mainstage and in the Studio Theatre in the beautiful Lied Education Center for the Arts. You’ll also work with faculty members who are active in the local theatre community and can help you land summer internships and job opportunities.

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Program Details

Program Goals

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre degree will prepare you to be a versatile performer, ready to contribute complex, valuable skill sets to the field.

As a musical theatre major, you’ll learn:

  • How to use all of your gifts in tandem, to tell a dramatic story through music, theatre and dance, whether you are on stage or behind the scenes
  • Teamwork and cooperation by being part of a community of performers
  • An appreciation of fine and performing arts
  • How to be respectful of others and how to tell a dramatic story through music, theatre and dance

Curriculum

Along with Creighton’s core requirements, there are 52 credits within the musical theatre curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

Brayton Matuska
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of several productions and gain valuable insight into my acting, singing and dancing abilities. The faculty and staff truly care for each individual through their teaching, directing and discussions.”
— Brayton Matuska, Musical Theatre major
Evan Peterson
“Every course in the BFA Musical Theatre program is specifically crafted to develop a well-rounded performer and person, ready to take on a career in the world of professional theatre. It is a place where artists are taught to flourish and thrive.”
— Evan Peterson, Musical Theatre major
Alexia Lorch
“Being cast in shows your first year is rare; that’s an element that sets Creighton apart. The program built a rigorous curriculum to reflect the challenging career, making sure graduates are marketable triple threats.”
— Alexia Lorch, Musical Theatre alumna

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of actors, producers, directors, dancers and choreographers is predicted to grow between 3% and 14% by 2022. Increasingly, a bachelor’s degree is considered the entry-level degree in the field.

Employers of musical theatre graduates from Creighton include:

  • Arts councils
  • Musical organizations
  • Theatre companies
  • Film companies
  • Festivals
  • Dance companies
  • Public television and public radio
  • Performing arts centers

Performing arts graduates have also successfully pursued advanced study.

Still have questions?

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