Theatre - Master of Arts (M.F.A.)

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) - Theatre

College of Arts and Media

Degree Specific Credits: 60-64

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

Notes/Description

There are four areas of specialization for the M.F.A. in Theatre:

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Acting

  • 64 credits are required to graduate. Based on the student’s transcript and professional experience within the field, courses may be added, substituted, or waived with approval of the Performance & Practice Program Head and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Design & Technology

  • 60 credits are required to graduate. Based on the student’s transcript and professional experience within the field, courses may be added, substituted, or waived with approval of the Design & Technology Program Head and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance. All incoming graduate students will be evaluated through their portfolios and transcripts in order to identify deficiencies and may be required to take additional courses beyond the 60-credit curriculum.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Directing

  • 64 credits are required to graduate. Based on the student’s transcript and professional experience within the field, courses may be added, substituted, or waived with approval of the Performance & Practice Program Head and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Music Directing

  • 64 credits are required to graduate. Based on the student’s transcript and professional experience within the field, courses may be added, substituted, or waived with approval of the Performance & Practice Program Head and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance.


Course Requirements Acting

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

THTR 475

Directing II

3

THTR 476

Directing III

3

THTR 501

Introduction to Graduate Studies

1

THTR 520

Graduate Acting I

3

THTR 521

Grad Acting II

3

THTR 526

Studio Training I

3

THTR 527

Studio Training II

3

THTR 528

Studio Training III

3

THTR 539

Graduate Methods of Teaching Theatre

3

THTR 591

SpTp: Professional Skills

1

THTR 595

Practicum: Performance

4

THTR 695

Grad Final Creative Project

1-6

Complete three semesters of Voice and Speech:

THTR 513

Grad Voice & Speech I

3

Complete three semesters of Movement:

THTR 515

Grad Physical Performance Skills

3

Choose two additional electives

Complete three semesters of Theory and Practice:

THTR 535

Performance Theory & Criticism

3

Choose two additional electives. Once course must be a 500-level course in the School of Theatre and Dance. A second must be an elective course denoted UG or G outside of the School in a discipline relevant to the Final Creative Project.

Approved Electives: Choose six credits of additional electives

Additional Requirements:

  • Serve as teaching assistant for faculty instructor of at lest one undergraduate performance course.

  • complete a minimum of three major acting projects, with one being part of the Final Creative Project.

Course Requriments Design & Technology

Code

Title

Hours

Core Courses:

THTR 501

Introduction to Graduate Studies

1

THTR 531

Grad Seminar in Theatre History

3

THTR 556

Grad Rendering Techniques

2

THTR 545

Grad Design Seminar: Collaboration

2

THTR 546

Grad Design Seminar: Freelancing

2

THTR 645

Grad Design Seminar: Teaching

2

THTR 646

Grad Design Seminar: Outreach

2

Complete four semesters in Primary Design Emphasis:

THTR 540/550/560/565

Design course

9

THTR 542/552/562/567

Problems course

3

Complete two semesters in Secondary Design Emphasis:

3

THTR 540/550/560/565

Design course

3

THTR 542/552/562/567

Problems course

3

Complete six semesters of Production Assignments:

THTR 507/508

Technical/Design production assignment

9

THTR 609

Graduate Design Project

4

Approved Electives: Choose 15 credits of additional electives

Course Requriments Directing

Code

Title

Hours

Core Courses:

THTR 475

Directing II

3

THTR 476

Directing III

3

THTR 501

Introduction to Graduate Studies

1

THTR 520

Graduate Acting I

3

THTR 521

Grad Acting II

3

THTR 539

Graduate Methods of Teaching Theatre

3

THTR 570

Graduate Stage Management

2

THTR 572

Stage Management Practicum

1-6

THTR 577

Directing IV

3

THTR 578

Directing V

3

THTR 591

ST: Professional Skills

1

THTR 595

Practicum: Directing

4

THTR 675

Directing VI

3

THTR 677

Problems in Directing

1-3

THTR 695

Grad Final Creative Project

1-6

Complete three semesters of Design and Technology:

THTR 545

Grad Design Seminar: Collaboration

2

Choose two additional electives.

Voice and Speech:

THTR 513

Grad Voice & Speech I

3

Dance/Movement:

THTR 515

Grad Physical Performance Skills

3

Complete three semesters of Theory and Practice:

THTR 532

Grad Seminar in Dramaturgy

3

Choose two additional electives. One course must be a 500-level course in the School of Theatre and Dance. A second must be an elective course denoted UG or G outside of the School in a discipline relevant to the Final Creative Project.

Approved Electives: Choose six credits of additional electives.

  • Serve as teaching assistant for THTR 375: Directing I.

  • Serve as stage manager for faculty director.

  • Serve as assistant director to faculty director.

  • Complete three major directing projects, the last being part of the Final Creative Project.

Course Requriments Music Directing

Code

Title

Hours

Core THTR Courses:

THTR 475

Directing II

3

THTR 476

Directing III

3

THTR 501

Introduction to Graduate Studies

1

THTR 520

Graduate Acting I

3

THTR 521

Grad Acting II

3

THTR 532

Grad Seminar in Dramaturgy

3

THTR 695

Grad Final Creative Project

1-6

Core MUSI Courses:

MUSI 416

Topics in Music History: History of Musical Theatre

3

MUSI 442

Vocal Pedagogy Studio and Lit

2

MUSI 500

Secondary Performance Area: Voice

2

MUSI 511

Advanced Conducting

2

MUSI 551

Major Performance Area: Piano

4

MUSI 593

Professional Projects: Music Direction

6

MUSI 595

ST: Musical Direction for Theatre

1

MUSI 595

ST: Graduate Jazz

1

MUSI 596

IS: UM Cabaret

1

Complete one semester of Sound Design/Technology: Choose an elective from MART MUSI, or THTR

Complete one semester of Advanced Performance: Choose an elective from DANC, MSUI, or THTR

Approved Electives: Choose nine credits of additional electives. Once course must be a 500-level course in the School of Theatre and Dance. A second must be an elective course denoted UG or G outside of the School in a discipline relevant to the Final Creative Project.

Additional Requirements:

  • Serve as teaching assistant in undergraduate musical-theatre curriculum.

  • Serve as assistant music director/rehearsal accompanist to faculty music director.

  • Complete three major music directing projects, the last being part of the Final Creative Project.