Degree Requirements | Theatre Design

The Department of Film and Theatre Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts degree. Students may elect to concentrate in Theatre Design, Theatre Performance or Directing. 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 Design Requirements

Degree Requirements

I. Production (15 hrs. required)

6001 Practicum in Production 3
6090 Directed Independent Study 3
6120 Scene Painting 3
6135 Rendering Techniques 3
5160 Lighting Crafts and Techniques 3

II. Literature (3 hrs. required)

5450 Advanced Studies in Modern Theatre 3

III. History (6 hrs. required)

6125 Development of Style and Form 3
6150 Development of Fashion 3

IV. Design (9 hrs. required)

6110 Seminar in Scenic Design 3
6140 Seminar in Theatrical Costuming 3
6170 Seminar in Lighting Design 3

V. Electives (9 hrs. required)

6140 Seminar in Theatrical Costuming 3
6170 Seminar in Lighting Design 3
6110 Seminar in Scenic Design 3
6090 Directed Independent Study 3
5455 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Theatre 3
ENGL 5521 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 5522 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 5916 20th Century Drama 3
ENGL 5716 Restoration and 18th Century Drama 3

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.