You’re the ultimate triple threat: with a degree in acting, singing, and dance, you can be unstoppable in the professional theatre world. Your first two years will be closely linked to the acting major, to build a strong performance core. Then, get ready to break out as an upperclassman: music, musical theatre acting, singing, and dance will be your entire world. This intensive, performance-oriented major includes private voice lessons, voice and movement for the stage, audition training, scene study, and dance that ranges from tap to jazz, modern to ballet.
Remember: you’re required to audition for our four main stage productions every year, which means your audition process will start during orientation week as a Freshman. Get ready to build up an impressive series of credits, from student films to leading roles, from black box studio shows to voice work. With hard work and dedication to your craft, you’ll be prepared to rule any stage or screen that dares to get in your way.
The BFA in Theatre (Music Theatre Specialization) requires 120 credits consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, and 80 credits in major requirements and 4 credits in unrestricted electives.
Liberal Arts Core Requirements: 36 Credits
Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)
- FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits)
- ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits)
- ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits)
- SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits)
Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits)
Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits)
Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits)
Major Requirements: 80 Credits
- DANC 1113 BALLET I (2 CREDITS) OR
- DANC 1115 Tap I (2 credits)
- DANC 1213 Ballet II (2 credits) or
- DANC 1215 Tap II (2 credits)
- DANC 2112 Music Theatre Dance I (2 credits) or
- DANC 2113 Ballet III (2 credits) or
- DANC 2121 Hip Hop Dance I (2 credits)
- DANC 2212 Music Theatre Dance II (2 credits) or
- DANC 2213 Ballet IV (2 credits) or
- DANC 2221 Hip Hop Dance II (2 credits)
- DANC 1117 Modern Dance I (2 credits) or
- DANC 2600 Special Topics in Dance (2 credits) or
- DANC 3116 Jazz Dance I (2 credits)
- DANC 1217 Modern Dance II (2 credits) or
- DANC 3216 Jazz Dance II (2 credits) or
- DANC 4600 Special Topics in Dance (2 credits)
- THEA 1041 Voice I (Fall Semester Freshman) (2 credit)
- THEA 1041 Voice I (Spring Semester Freshman) (2 credit)
- THEA 1041 Voice I (Fall Semester Sophomore) (2 credit)
- THEA 1052 Musicianship (4 credits)
- THEA 1130 Acting I (4 credits)
- THEA 1230 Acting II (4 credits)
- THEA 2067 Rehearsal & Production I: Sophomore (4 credits)
- THEA 2068 Rehearsal & Production II: Sophomore (4 credits)
- THEA 3041 Voice II (Spring Semester Sophomore) (2 credits)
- THEA 3041 Voice II (Fall Semester Junior) (2 credits)
- THEA 3041 Voice II (Spring Semester Junior) (2 credits)
- THEA 3042 Estill Voice (2 credits)
- THEA 3060 Music Theatre Workshop I (2 credits)
- THEA 4060 Music Theatre Workshop II (Fall Semester Senior) (4 credits)
- THEA 4060 Music Theatre Workshop II (Spring Semester Senior) (4 credits)
- THEA 3067 Rehearsal & Production I: Junior (4 credits)
- THEA 3068 Rehearsal & Production II: Junior (4 credits)
- THEA 3078 Theatre History (4 credits)
- THEA 4067 Rehearsal & Production I: Senior (4 credits)
- THEA 4068 Rehearsal & Production II: Senior (4 credits)
- THEA 4066 Theatre Business and Career Planning (4 credits)
Choose two of the following courses:
DESIGNATED ELECTIVES: 4 CREDITS
- THEA 1021 Stage Management (2 credits)
- THEA 1022 Basic Stage Lighting (2 credits)
- THEA 1023 Costuming (2 credits)
- THEA 1024 Stagecraft I (2 credits)
BFA Theatre Candidates are encouraged to take 18 credits each semester for a total of 144 credits in order to develop skills at a level that will prepare them for competing in the real world of professional acting. The courses below are suggested as optional electives in addition to the major requirements.
For BFA students, internships are a graduation requirement – which means professional experience is a sure thing. While there are many amazing opportunities in Santa Fe (from local dance and theatre companies to the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera House), we also have affiliations with the New York Arts Program and the London Center Program. As a Junior or Senior, you’ll be eligible to be placed in internships on Broadway, at NBC Studios working on Saturday Night Live, amidst the New York Dance Company, and more. We want you working before you graduate, and we’ll help you get there!
When you choose SFUAD for your Theatre education, you’re not just choosing Santa Fe, NM – you’re choosing New York and Chicago. We have active internship relationships across the country, and we send students every year for summer terms and semester stays working in the industry. In the past year, we’ve placed students at the American Blues Theater in Chicago, on Broadway in New York City, and participating in elite training programs with Cirque du Soleil! We believe in Santa Fe without borders – so that you can custom-make your arts education to exactly what fits you best.
When you’re ready to start looking at the post-graduate world, our Career Services department will help you plan your path in the professional world. Our alumni have credits impressive enough to show that our system is one that works: graduates of the Performing Arts department have credits in theatre productions across the country, as well as Cirque du Soleil, Broadway, work on Television networks including HBO, NBC, ABC, Fox, UPN, Hollywood film productions, voice work with MTV and Cartoon Network, and more. Others go on to found theatre companies, create private design studios, pursue graduate work, or numerous other creative pursuits.
EXAMPLES OF CAREERS FOR PERFORMING ARTS GRADUATES:
- Actor: Stage, Television, Motion Picture, Video
- Voice Artist: Radio, Television, Motion Picture
- Director / Technical Director / Stage Director
- Casting / Talent Agent
- Stage Management
- Set Design / Construction
- Property / Lighting / Sound Design
- Costume Design / Wardrobe Tech
- Hair / Makeup
- Special Effects / Prop Management
- Rigger / Electrician / Carpenter
- Marketing / Advertising / Promotions
- Fundraising and Development
- Administration of Arts Programs
- Private Instruction / Education
EXAMPLES OF EMPLOYERS FOR PERFORMING ARTS GRADUATES:
- Community / Regional / Commercial Theatres
- Summer Stock / Dinner Theatres
- Children’s Theatres
- Arts Councils
- Stock Productions
- Repertory / Touring Companies
- Industrial Shows
- Show Groups
- Amusement and Theme Parks
- Television / Motion Picture Studios
- Radio Stations
- Nightclubs / Cabarets / Cruise Lines
- Acting Conservatories
- Public or Community Programs
- Video Production Companies
- Performing Arts Centers
VISITING ARTISTS: PERFORMING ARTS
Every year, the Performing Arts department brings in professionals from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with performing arts students:
- Alan Arkin (Academy Award-winning actor, Little Miss Sunshine)
- Carol Carpenter (Novelist, playwright - The Guadalupe; Sweet, Sweet Spirit)
- Marty Markinson (Tony Award winner for producing Torch Song Trilogy)
- Michelle McGregor (Actress, studied at the Yale School of Drama)
- Fred Wolf (Grown Ups, Joe Dirt, former head-writer for SNL)
- Dance: guest choreographers Gail Gilbert, Jocelyne Danchick, Miguel Perez (choreographers)
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Deciding where to go to college is probably the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make – but it doesn’t have to be scary. We have Enrollment Advisors to help you through every step of the process, which means you’ll have a real human being (and a friend!) in your corner while you navigate the world of college applications.
For First-Year Students, we require:
- Personal Information: your profile and contact information
- Academic Information: details about your academic background
- Employment Information: your work history
Submit your online application with the following:
- Official transcript(s)
- Test scores are optional
- $50 Application Fee
- Your completed audition or portfolio
We work very closely with Transfer Students to move as many of their earned credits from previous institutions into SFUAD credits as possible. Your Enrollment Advisor can assist you with a conversation about transferring your credits at any point in your enrollment process – you don’t have to wait until you’re an accepted student. For Transfer Students, our application requires:
- Official transcript(s)
- Test scores are optional
- $50 Application Fee
- Your completed audition or portfolio
We welcome international students from around the globe every year at SFUAD. To understand eligibility, Visa requirements, and our application process, visit our International Student Application.
YOUR PERFORMING ARTS AUDITION OR PORTFOLIO
Auditions and interviews help us assess each student’s abilities and career potential as an aspiring performing artist. They also help students evaluate whether the university is the right fit for them, and vice versa.
Acting majors should prepare two memorized monologues (two to three minutes each) from a contemporary play or, with appropriate experience and comfort, a classical play.
Musical Theatre majors should prepare one monologue and one verse from a Broadway musical; students must provide their own recorded musical accompaniment.
Resume and headshot are required at the time of the audition for all Acting and Music Theatre students.
Portfolio review: Stage managers, designers, and technicians should present examples of work in the form of photographs, prompt books, PowerPoint, drawings of productions, etc. on which they have worked, along with a current resume. Examples of related skills (e.g. sewing, construction, sketches) are also helpful.
Interview: All prospective students will interview with the department chair and/or a faculty member to assess skills and a mutual fit. Interviews enable students to talk with a faculty member informally and discover what the university and the student have to offer each other.
Dance Audition Requirements: Auditions and interviews help us assess each student’s abilities and career potential as an aspiring performing artist. They also help students evaluate whether the university is the right fit for them, and vice versa.
Auditions, portfolio reviews, and interviews are held on campus throughout the year during Open House events (please check the SFUAD website for Open House dates.) We also participate in auditions/portfolio reviews at various sites around the country.
Auditioning through Accepted, DVD or YouTube – Students who cannot visit Santa Fe University or arrange an off-campus live audition may submit an audition portfolio on the Accepted network at https://sfuadportfolio.slideroom.comStudents may also send a DVD audition or audition via YouTube. The requirements for this type of audition are the same as described above. For actors, the whole body should be featured on the recording. Use the best quality video and audio recording devices possible. The performance should not be edited; it should be a “live” audition, with no stopping of the recording during the entire audition. At the beginning of the recording, students should state their full name and the date. Prospective students may complete their Santa Fe University application either before or after auditioning.
Prospective dance students will need to provide a headshot and résumé for their audition. Students will perform a prepared 60- to 90-second dance solo in the Jazz, Contemporary, or Broadway dance style that shows performance quality and dynamic movement. Dance solos should demonstrate a range of technical elements including, but not limited to, battements, turns, leaps, and floor work. Please bring your own music on CD or MP3 player. Students are encouraged, but not required, to choose one of the following: Present a monologue from a contemporary play, 60- to 90-seconds in length OR Perform one verse from a Broadway musical (approx. 32 bars), providing your own accompaniment on CD or MP3 player. Students will interview with the department chair and/or a faculty member to assess skills and a mutual fit. Interviews enable students to talk with a faculty member formally and discover what the university and the student have to offer each other.
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