What will I learn?

The Theatre and Cinema program, in the School of Performing Arts, is a highly successful and innovative program that is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and was the first program in the state to attain that status. The department offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts, which is designed to train students for professional employment and leadership in the field, while providing a terminal degree in the profession. Areas of concentration include Theatre Design/Tech (scenographic, lighting, costume, properties, and technical direction), Directing & Public Dialogue, Arts Leadership, and Stage Management.

The M.F.A. program focuses on an individualized plan of study for each student, characterized by one-on-one tutorials or small classes, realized production work, and close mentoring by faculty artists. This is surrounded by a vision of professional training that is most concerned with the formation of an individually specific attitude toward the artistic process, a way of thinking based on the ever-changing realities of today's arts world. It is a vision grounded in collaboration, relevance, and sustainability, favoring knowledge of current affairs and professional practices within an awareness of our sometimes common, sometimes separate, cultural heritages.

Each M.F.A. candidate participates in the mounting of productions in the department, working side by side with faculty and staff. The annual production season generally includes four fully mounted main stage shows, workshop productions, and occasional summer shows. A strong relationship exists with the Moss Arts Center and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), where students are provided further experiential opportunities. In addition, students have frequently worked on productions outside the department, both on and off campus, locally and beyond. A professional internship also is required for completion of the degree.

The program remains small by design, accepting only a few students each year, to allow maximum production opportunities for the M.F.A. student. Every student accepted into the program is awarded an assistantship and full tuition waiver. Our graduates have been exceptionally successful in gaining employment upon completion of the degree.

Completion of the MFA degree in Theatre Arts requires:
- A three-year program of study
- A minimum 54 hours graduate credit
- A required professional internship for one semester, usually in the third year, with a successful evaluation
- A Final Project and Report, or sanctioned alternative (including a thesis option)

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2022


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24061, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

TOEFL: (Paper - 550.0, Computer - 213.0, iBT - 80.0)

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Jan 13.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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