Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design                                                                        Degree Requirements

The Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts degree. Students may elect to concentrate inTheatre 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.

Our Goal:

To develop a meaningful voice to our artistry and to share that talent in the community and educational arenas. We combine theory and practice for a solid foundation in this highly demanding discipline.


Learning Environment:

We are the only university in the country to have won two American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Awards AND two National Irene Ryan Acting Awards. Our Theatre Arts program is so rewarding because it is so demanding. We are fully accredited by NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre).


Currently undergoing major renovations, we'll soon have a new 225-seat Thrust Theatre along with a 65-seat proscenium lab and outdoor arena housing public performances each semester. Our scene and costume shops and rehearsal rooms provide all we need to accommodate our busy production schedule.


Two mainstage and two lab productions per year, plus dark-night original script readings provide several opportunities to test your skills on our stages. From Shakespeare to original scripts, there is always a challenge waiting.

Degree Plans:

Our Theatre Arts undergraduate curriculum option is founded on a Liberal Arts education culminating in a 120-credit hour BA degree. Our graduate program in Performance (Acting or Directing) or Design (Scenic or Costume) culminates in a 60-credit hour Master of Fine Arts degree.

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