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  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Theatre (Design and Technical), M.F.A.


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Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre


The objective of the Master of Fine Arts curriculum is to develop the educated Theatre Artist by offering sound theory and intensive practical training simultaneously. Students in the Master of Fine Arts programs will elect a degree plan with specialization in one of the following areas: (1) directing, (2) performance or (3) design and technical theatre.

Regular admission to a Master of Fine Arts program requires: (1) the submission of Graduate Record Examination scores; (2) an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in the undergraduate major area or on the last 60 hours attempted; (3) acceptable performance audition or portfolio evaluations; (4) three strong letters of recommendation, which should address the applicant's academic preparation in the area of theatre design and technology; and (5) successful personal interviews. Members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Design emphasis students must present a portfolio for review by the faculty prior to the initial registration. If no portfolio is available, a student may be admitted on a conditional basis until an acceptable minimum proficiency is determined.

The Master of Fine Arts program normally requires three years of full-time graduate study and the completion of a minimum approved program of sixty (60) hours with at least 18 hours of coursework at the 600 level or higher. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. It is recommended that the M.F.A. student spend at least one summer as a member of the Repertory Theatre program. The candidate will satisfactorily complete a creative project in his major area of emphasis and defend it orally before the Theatre faculty. Proficiency reviews will be required of all M.F.A. candidates at the conclusion of their second semester in residence. Culminating creative project is required.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules (or approved equivalent training) required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page –www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

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