Admission to the Department
All qualified first year students are automatically admitted to the Bachelor of Arts General Theatre Studies program. Also, upon acceptance by the college, prospective students should audition for B.F.A. Acting/Musical Theatre degree programs or schedule portfolio review for B.F.A.-Production/Design during the year prior to entering Fredonia on designated audition dates. Audition information and application forms are available from the departmental office.
All students entering the B.F.A. degree programs are on probation until they complete all degree requirements. Students may enter the B.F.A. Acting or Production Design program during their first year in residence at Fredonia.
The B.F.A. Musical Theatre degree program requires an audition in the areas of acting, voice and dance during the year prior to entering Fredonia. Transfer students should audition for the B.F.A. the semester before transferring. All B.F.A. programs require four years for completion.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- In addition to the specific and individual courses, periodic reviews of achievement will be conducted for all B.F.A. candidates with the purpose of determining advancement or retention. At the end of the fourth semester, each B.F.A. major will be reviewed and a determination made as to permission for further study. Students with unfavorable evaluations will not be permitted to continue study in the B.F.A. but may continue in the B.A. General Theatre Studies program.
- The B.F.A. Musical Theatre program requires a vocal jury at the conclusion of each semester. A screening Vocal/Acting/Dance jury is conducted at the conclusion of the fourth semester to determine continuance in the program.
- Students in the B.F.A. Acting program must present acting juries at the end of each semester and those in the B.F.A. Production Design program track must present a portfolio jury at the end of the second year.
- Faculty feedback sessions for students who have performed juries in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre and Acting programs will be held before the end of the semester. All students in these programs must attend these sessions if they have performed a jury. The department will notify students when and where the feedback session will be held.
- B.F.A. students will present a senior recital or portfolio during their fourth year. B.F.A. Musical Theatre students and B.F.A. Acting students may elect to waive their recital, in consultation with the performance faculty, if they are cast in a major role in a Mainstage production.
- Students who are on academic probation will not be permitted to perform for public performances in departmental productions nor will major crew assignments be permitted.
- All majors and minors are required to complete Theatre Practice obligations. These are practical extensions of the classroom and vary in accordance with the specific programs. Theatre Practice credit will not count toward the total number of credit hours required in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre major.
- All departmental majors must successfully complete a minimum of 30 upper-level (300 and above) hours and appropriate supporting courses as determined by faculty advisement.
- B.F.A. Acting and Musical Theatre candidates are required to audition for ALL Theatre Mainstage productions. Musical Theatre candidates are encouraged, but not required, to audition for the School of Music Hillman Opera.
- Transfer students in the B.A. Degree program must complete at least 60% (27 credits) of their major at Fredonia.
- Students who have auditioned for a B.F.A. program and have been rejected may, at the discretion of the chair, re-audition for either BFA performance program one additional time.
Don't forget that when you are in doubt of a procedure or a policy you should ask your advisor.