Degree Requirements | Theatre Performance

Acting and Directing

The Department of Film and Theatre Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts degree. Theatre students may elect to concentrate in Theatre Performance, Directing, or Theatre Design.  The Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. MFA programs in Theatre Arts reflect NAST's highest standards.

The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree for students interested in pursuing careers in film production, theatre arts, and in creative writing. The program requires completion of 60 credit hours of study plus a thesis project which must be performed or exhibited publicly prior to graduation.

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Degree Requirements
MFA tracks in Film and Theatre Arts require the following 18 hour core:

6020 Form and Idea in the Media 3
6040 Performance and Direction 3
6060 Concept, Conflict, and Character 3
6910 Studio Thesis I 3
6911 Studio Thesis II 3
6912 Studio Thesis III 3
6005 Graduate Studies in Orientation 0

MFA in Film and Theatre Tracks in Performance (Acting and Directing) and Design

MFA program tracks in Performance and Design are intended to prepare our graduate students to successfully apply acquired skills to the art of theatre, make significant cultural contributions to their community, or become leaders in an educational environment aspiring to the highest artistic standards.

MFA in Performance (Acting)

Degree Requirements
I. Production/Literature (12 hrs. required) Select four courses from list below:

5260 Styles in Theatrical Production 3
5400 Development of Theatre 3
5450 Advanced Studies in Modern Theatre 3
5455 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Theatre 3
6001 Practicum in Production 3
6090 Directed Independent Study 3
6420 Problems in Performing and Visual Arts 3
6460 Aesthetics of Script Analysis 3

* 5301 Voice Stylization may be substituted for three credits
** 5333 Stage Combat or 5831 Movement Applications may be substituted for three credits.

MFA in Performance (Directing)

Degree Requirements

I. Production (6 hrs. required)
Select two courses from list below:

5260 Styles in Theatrical Production 3
6000 Practicum in Research 3
6001 Practicum in Production 3
6090 Directed Independent Study 3
6240 Problems in Performing and Visual Arts 3
6460 Aesthetics of Script Analysis 3
6900 Graduate Internship 3

II. Literature (6 hrs. required)
Required:

5450 Advanced Studies in Modern Theatre 3

Plus select one course from the list below:

5400 Development of Theatre 3
5455 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Theatre 3
ENGL 5221 or 5222 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 5516 Beg. English Drama 3
ENGL 5916 20th Century Drama 3
ENGL 5716 18th Century Drama 3

III. Directing Area (30 hrs. required)

5300 Voice Training or 5301 Voice Stylization 3
6200 Seminar in Playwriting 3
6330 Acting 3
6380 Directing 6
6830 Stage Movement 3
Plus, two courses in any design area(s) 6
And, two courses from Sections II or III not previously chosen 6

Comprehensive Examination

Normally students may take the Comprehensive Examination no sooner than the term in which they have completed 36 hours of graduate credit. This examination will be both written and oral. At least three members of the graduate faculty, one of whom may be from a department other than Film and Theatre, appointed by the Executive Director of the Graduate School, will administer the examination. Part of the examination will be devoted to questions based on the reading list and course work, and the remainder will be devoted to questions relating to the student’s individual area of specialization.

Publicly Presented Creative Thesis Project

The thesis project will be prepared under the supervision of a committee appointed by the Executive Director of the Graduate School. This committee will ordinarily consist of three members of the graduate faculty of the department. After successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the candidate will submit a written prospectus for a publicly presented thesis project. The research and execution of this project will normally take nine studio hours. The MFA thesis project is designed to test the student’s skill and knowledge in his or her area of specialization. The project is subject to the graduate committee’s approval.

Students who have earned graduate credits in film, theatre, video, or its equivalent from other institutions may apply for admission into the Master of Fine Arts program. However, the maximum allowable transfer credit must conform to the Graduate School’s policy on extension and transfer credit. Transfer credit is subject to the graduate coordinator’s recommendation and approval by the Graduate School.