The BFA degree in Musical Theatre is a four-year, professional training program focusing on providing students with the foundational skills needed to be healthy and expressive artists. Through an immersion into each school's training, culture and critical studies (USC School of Dramatic Arts, USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music), the student will be exposed to both traditional and innovative practices. This will be implemented via a growing emphasis on contemporary and classic material. This will be explored in all appropriate classes and projects with an emphasis on the continuing integration of skills and the expansion of range including but not limited to: heighten language, period style, comedy, pop rock/contemporary styles, new works, on camera training and entrepreneur skills. The collaboration between the schools will be manifested in team teaching within the classroom.
All BFA theatre majors are required to earn a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (A= 4.0) in their theatre courses each semester. BFA students that fail to earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their theatre classes will be placed on probation the following semester. Students who remain on probation for a second consecutive semester will be disqualified from the BFA program.
A student disqualified from continued study in the BFA program for failing to meet the GPA standards outlined above will be given the option of transferring to the BA program.