Theater BA: Musical Theater sequence
The Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program at UCLA TFT does not have any one particular philosophical focus — rather, a series of technique and ideas are taught. The program's emphasis is in acting, with the goal of graduating actors who can also sing and dance. Musical theater students are integrated into the acting sequence classes. The primary objective is for the actor to be able to find what works best for him/her or what works best for a particular role. Musical theater students may find themselves performing in Ibsen and Chekhov as well as Sondheim and Kotis.
The UCLA Theater program is not a training conservatory. For those persons who want an immersive professional training program we recommend one of the acclaimed BFA conservatory training programs found across the country. The Theater program at UCLA TFT is for the student who sees him/herself as a scholar/artist — one who is eager to learn and wants a great university education from one of the world's major research institutions. Roughly half of the student's classes are in subjects other than theater. This education will prepare the graduate to be an informed citizen of an increasingly complex world, an original and critical thinker, as well as providing one of the best theater educations offered in the country.
The Undergraduate Musical Theater sequence is a minimum of 6-quarter related performance classes that begin in sophomore year. Junior Transfers students enter in their junior year and complete a minimum of 4-quarter related performance classes. Related performance courses consist of acting, voice/speech, and dance and singing classes.
Students admitted to the major in the musical theater sequence are not guaranteed a place in musical theater classes each quarter. All sequence classes require instructor consent to enroll. The faculty may elect to not continue a student in the sequence at any time. This could be due to poor performance or poor citizenship (excessive absences, not working up to the standards of the class, poor grades in the class, etc.). In this situation the student would still graduate with a degree in Theater (providing that s/he completes the degree requirements), but without a sequence.
Like all other theater undergraduate sequences, musical theater is not a "major." All undergraduates in the theater program are Theater majors and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.
Please note that students in the UCLA TFT Department of Theater cannot transfer to the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media department at any time during their four years here, nor can they change from their sequence into the acting or musical theater sequences.
All Theater undergraduate students (from any sequence) may audition for most departmental undergraduate productions.
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