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Master of Fine Arts in Drama University of California Irvine



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M.F.A. in Drama, with emphasis in Acting, Directing, Design, Music Direction, or Stage Management.

The Department of Drama, widely recognized and ranked as one of the top ten training programs in the country, combines broad liberal study and comprehensive training in several sub-disciplines of drama. The Department of Drama produces a full season of plays, musicals, and world premieres with varying dimensions and audience/actor relationships.

The vision of the Department of Drama’s founding faculty was “to produce students who combine a critical intelligence with disciplined theatrical experience.” To this end, the Department fosters an environment of creativity, in-depth learning of design, performance, and scholarly activity. The Department's rare combination of distinguished permanent faculty, high profile guest master class teachers, an interactive student population, and excellent facilities allows it to offer a program that is creatively robust and intellectually rigorous. The current faculty includes active and highly regarded individuals in their fields of practice, and so remains able to impart current, relevant knowledge to drama students.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Department of Drama perform, stage manage, or design on Broadway, in national tours, regional and summer theatres, in films and on television. UC Irvine's Drama alumni serve as artistic directors, business managers, designers, art directors, and performers at more than 100 theatre companies, and are faculty at more than 75 institutions of higher learning.

A degree in Drama may or may not lead to professional employment in theatre or film. While some alumni may pursue careers as professional theatre artists, many may use the skills learned from their degree and embark upon careers in law, business, arts management, advertising, and teaching. Others may pursue further study at UC Irvine or other notable institutions.

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Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

$32,573.00 (24,28,158) per year


23 Sep, 02 Jan, 25 Mar


Claire Trevor School of the Arts

UC Irvine 4000 Mesa Road,



92697, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants for admission to the degree program must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study and hold a B.A., B.F.A., or higher degree. Applicants must submit dossiers of biographical information and theatrical experience, together with photographs, essays, reviews, production books, and portfolios, as appropriate.

TOEFL Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

  • On the TOEFL iBT minimum score of 80
  • For the paper-based test, a minimum score of 550

IELTS Score Requirements for Admission Consideration:

  • An overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.
  • Applicants who qualify for admission by the above criteria, and also achieve a score of 8 or higher on the Speaking module may be eligible to serve as a Teaching Assistant.

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