Theatre Education, MFA
This is a three-year, 60 hour terminal-degree MFA, consisting of online courses in the Fall and Spring semesters and a two-week summer Residency for two years, followed by a thesis project. Since this program is geared towards Theatre Educators, the basis of the thesis project will generally be a K-12 school production that the MFA candidate is either directing, producing and/or designing. However, even though it is designed for Theatre Educators, it is open to all Theatre Practitioners, whether in Professional, Academic and/or Community Theatre. All courses will consist of instruction in the theoretical, critical and practical aspects of all facets of Theatre, as well as a pedagogical unit focused on developing lesson plans, modules and teaching strategies for each area of study.
List of Courses
Required-Online Courses: 24 Semester Hours
- TH 507-Creative Dramatics
- TH 516-Playscript Analysis
- TH 517-Design & Production I
- EN 518-Playwriting Workshop
- TH 519-Acting & Directing
- TH 620-Theatre Management
- TH 657-Theatre History I
- TH 658-Theatre History II
Required-Residency I: 6 Semester Hours
- TH 588-Design & Production II
- TH 589-Acting & Directing II
Required-Residency II: 6 Semester Hours
- TH 688-Design & Production III: Special Topics
- TH 689-Acting & Directing III: Special Topics
Electives: 12 Semester Hours-Select 4
- EN 538-Forms in Drama
- EN 546-Early European Drama
- EN580-Modern European Drama
- EN 581-20th Century American Drama
- EN 598-Special Topics in Southern Drama
- TH 610-Special Topics in Theatre Production (can be taken up to two times)
- TH 659-Musical Theatre
- TH 664-Costume History and Construction
Thesis Project: 12 Semester Hours
- TH 598-Thesis I: Production Practicum
- TH 698-Thesis II: Written Presentation and Oral Defense
Total Hours: 60
Please include a 1-2 page Letter of Intent, describing why you are interested in this program, your background as an artist and/or educator and your goals for the future.
Three letters of recommendation: one letter of recommendation should come from a colleague or mentor who has some experience in theatre or a related field. This can be at the professional, college, K-12 or community level.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (whether or not a degree was granted)
Although not required, a certificate/license to teach at the K-12 level is recommended. However, lack of a certificate does not automatically disqualify a candidate from being chosen for the program.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for admission into this program.