Master of Fine Arts in Acting
The M.F.A. acting program is an intensive three-year course of study designed to train students for the professional theatre world and its related fields including teaching pedagogy. The graduate acting studio program offers conservatory-style actor training in all aspects of acting, voice/speech, and movement. In addition to the studio program, students are required to complete coursework in theatre history, text analysis, criticism, and research methods.
M.F.A. acting students are accepted every three years and must follow the prescribed course sequence in the order that they are offered. The next entrance date will be Fall 2018 and the School of Theatre and Dance will be recruiting and auditioning students in the 2017-18 academic year.
|THET 610||Research Methods||3|
|THET 690||Teaching Practicum||3|
|THET 698||Thesis or Dissertation||3|
|THET 540||Graduate Vocal Techniques||2|
|THET 541||Graduate Voice Techniques||2|
|THET 542||Graduate Stage Movement 1||2|
|THET 543||Graduate Stage Movement 2||2|
|THET 544||Graduate Acting Studio 1||3|
|THET 545||Graduate Acting 2||3|
|Graduate Scene Study 1 (take twice, 1 credit each)||2|
|Graduate Scene Study 1|
|Graduate Scene Study 2 (taken twice, 1 credit each)||2|
|Graduate Scene Studio 2|
|Graduate Production Practicum (taken 5 times, 1 credit each)||5|
|Graduate Production Practicum|
|THET 640||Advanced Graduate Vocal Techniques||2|
|Adv Grad Stage Movement (taken twice, 2 credits each)||4|
|Advanced Graduate Stage Movement|
|THET 644||Advanced Graduate Acting Studio 1||3|
|THET 641||Advanced Graduate Vocal Techniques 2||2|
|THET 643||Advanced Graduate Stage Movement 2||1|
|THET 645||Advanced Acting Studio||3|
|THET 740||Advanced Graduate Vocal Techniques 3||2|
|THET 750||Graduate Showcase 1||1|
|THET 650||Graduate Study in Musical Theatre||2|
|THET 651||Graduate Acting for the Camera||2|
|THET 751||Showcase Development||2|
|Advance Study Elective||3|
Suggested Plan of Study
|THET 540||2||THET 541||2|
|THET 542||2||THET 543||2|
|THET 544||3||THET 545||3|
|THET 546||1||THET 546||1|
|THET 610||3||THET 600||1|
|THET 640||2||THET 641||2|
|THET 642||2||THET 643||2|
|THET 644||3||THET 645||3|
|THET 600||1||THET 600||1|
|THET 547||1||THET 547||1|
|THET 694||3||THET 694||3|
|THET 600||1||THET 698||3|
|THET 642||2||THET 600||1|
|THET 740||2||THET 751||2|
|THET 750||1||Select one of the following:||3|
Advance Study Elective
|Select one of the following:||3|
Advance Study Elective
|Total credit hours: 69|
Major Learning Outcomes
Graduates of M.F.A. programs in the School of Theatre & Dance must exhibit exceptional skill in theatre practice and a well-developed personal aesthetic. The competencies outlined below are combined and synthesized to achieve this result. The standards do not require a specific course for each competency.
Advanced professional competence in some aspect of theatre practice as exemplified by a considerable depth of knowledge and achievement demonstrated by a significant body of work.
A breadth of understanding in theatre and any appropriate related disciplines, the ability to think independently, and to integrate and synthesize information associated with high levels of practice in an area of specialization.
Awareness of current issues and developments that are influencing the principal field(s) of study, and professional ability and clear potential to contribute to the practice and advancement of the field.
Writing and speaking skills to communicate clearly and effectively to the theatre communities and the public.
Advanced capabilities with technologies normally utilized in the creation of work.
An understanding of professional ethics and practice associated with the major field.
The graduate must demonstrate advanced professional competence in acting including, but not limited to:
The ability to employ a broad range of acting knowledge and skills in the creation and presentation of roles.
The ability to perform in plays of various types and from various periods.
The acquisition of advanced understanding and capabilities in voice and speech, movement, and play analysis.
A working knowledge of historical, critical, and theoretical content and the ways they inform playwriting and dramatic writing, the creation of roles, and other aspects of production.
The student must perform regularly and should have at least two significant roles in full-length, public productions during the period of study.
THET 520. Principles of Stage Lighting. 2 Hours.
THET 523. Costume Crafts Studio. 3 Hours.
This course will.
THET 524. Production Planning. 3 Hours.
planning. An emphasis will be placed on time and labor Through the use of examples from the industry and an examination of current shows in the School's production management and budgeting for theatrical productions.
THET 535. Grad Theatre Health and Safety. 3 Hours.
THET 540. Graduate Vocal Techniques. 2 Hours.
In-depth vocal work, with special care taken to address each actor's.
THET 541. Graduate Voice Techniques. 2 Hours.
THET 542. Graduate Stage Movement 1. 2 Hours.
THET 543. Graduate Stage Movement 2. 2 Hours.
PR: THET 542. An intensive study of compositional techniques through the theatrical performance art works and artists.
THET 544. Graduate Acting Studio 1. 3 Hours.
Foundation of building, environment, personalization, imagination,.
THET 545. Graduate Acting 2. 3 Hours.
PR: THET 544. Exploration of acting techniques applicable to late 19th century, early 20th century European playwrights.
THET 546. Graduate Scene Study 1. 1 Hour.
The presentation of scenes before a panel of acting, voice and movement.
THET 547. Graduate Scene Studio 2. 1 Hour.
PR: THET 546. The and movement faculty for critique.
THET 590. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given.
THET 591. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. specially scheduled lectures.
THET 592. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.
Directed study, reading, and/or research.
THET 593. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of.
THET 594. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.
THET 595. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
THET 600. Graduate Production Practicum. 1 Hour.
PR: Consent. projects. Participation in assigned performance or production.
THET 610. Research Methods. 3 Hours.
Methods of production research for graduate students in acting and design, with.
THET 613. Stage Management. 3 Hours.
An exploration of stage.
THET 615. Graduate Portfolio Development. 3 Hours.
Lab course digital and traditional portfolio formats and related general techniques of graphic and image preparation.
THET 621. Graduate Theatre Make-up. 2 Hours.
THET 622. Graduate Scene Design. 3 Hours.
Graduate-level visual design. mechanical perspective, drafting, model building, and color study of scenic design including conceptualization, rendering. Emphasis placed on translating the script into a.
THET 623. Advanced Graduate Scene Design. 3 Hours.
THET 624. Graduate Costume Design 1. 3 Hours.
Intensive study of basic design elements as applied to costume design. communication through visual language. Experience in Script analysis leading to conceptualization and.
THET 625. Graduate Lighting Design. 3 Hours.
PR: THET 427 design. lighting design for the theatre. Emphasis is placed on hours.) Lecture/studio; intensive practical experience of related to the development and presentation of lighting conceptualization, drafting, and rendering techniques.
THET 626. Graduate Costume Design 2. 3 Hours.
PR: THET 624.
THET 627. Graduate Costume and Decoration 1. 3 Hours.
THET 628. Graduate Costume and Decoration 2. 3 Hours.
A historical survey of clothing, artistic style, and.
THET 629. Graduate Computer Assisted Design Seminar. 3 Hours.
THET 630. Graduate Rendering Techniques. 3 Hours.
This course techniques for scenic, costume and lighting designs. media.
THET 631. Graduate Drafting for the Stage. 3 Hours.
Advanced techniques in drafting in accordance with current graphic.
THET 633. Graduate Stage Properties. 3 Hours.
THET 635. Graduate Scene Painting. 3 Hours.
Course will artistic range and marketability of scene designers and provide scene painting skills needed in the execution of any technicians. kind of scene design and art skills that crossover into rendering and design. Scene painting skill enhances the.
THET 636. Advanced Stagecraft. 3 Hours.
Study and research into advanced technical procedures including welding, through projects. materials, wood joinery, and practical construction problem solving. Emphasis on the practices and development of skills.
THET 640. Advanced Graduate Vocal Techniques. 2 Hours.
Shakespearean text, character choices, and dialect work. PR: THET 541 or consent. Intensive vocal exploration with.
THET 641. Advanced Graduate Vocal Techniques 2. 2 Hours.
emphasis on period style texts, vocalization during other moments of emotional intensity. analysis of text with attention to screaming, crying, and PR: THET 640 or consent. Continuation of THET 640 with.
THET 642. Advanced Graduate Stage Movement. 2 Hours.
PR: THET 543 or consent. Advanced study of movement language/movement connections and period styles of movement.
THET 643. Advanced Graduate Stage Movement 2. 2 Hours.
THET 644. Advanced Graduate Acting Studio 1. 3 Hours.
THET 645. Advanced Acting Studio. 3 Hours.
PR: THET 644.
THET 650. Graduate Study in Musical Theatre. 2 Hours.
PR: THET 645. Advanced musical theatre performance principles of objective and action along with interpretation choices within music composition.
THET 651. Graduate Acting for the Camera. 2 Hours.
course includes performance as well as audition skills. PR: THET 645. Exploration of the principles of acting for.
THET 680. Dramatic Theory and Criticism. 3 Hours.
A survey of the major documents addressing the theories of drama and theatre from the ancient Greeks to the present.
THET 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
THET 691. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Study may be independent or through specially scheduled lectures.
THET 692. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.
Directed study, reading,.
THET 693. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.
THET 694. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.
THET 695. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
Faculty supervised offerings.
THET 696. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.
PR: Consent. her program.
THET 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research (Grading may be S/U.).
THET 698. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. (698), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal. This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision during the writing of student reports.
THET 699. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.
wish to meet residency requirements, use the colloquium satisfies the University requirement of may not be counted against credit requirements for masters actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, of duly enrolled students. Grading is P/F; colloquium credit through enrollment in their department's 699/799 Graduate For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who registration in the semester in which graduation occurs. programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges Colloquium to consult with graduate faculty, participate in THET 699. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not University's facilities, and participate in its academic and.
THET 712. Entertainment Rigging. 3 Hours.
Examines the tools, entertainment industry. Rigging exploration ranges from equipment, hardware, and safety practices in the traditional theatrical houses to concert settings.
THET 720. Seminar in Production Research. 3 Hours.
oral and written presentations of research materials. Seminar approach to individual design projects with.
THET 721. Professional Aspects of Design. 3 Hours.
environment into the performance industry. the packaging and presentation of the design portfolio,.
THET 725. Portfolio Development. 1 Hour.
THET 726. Graduate Automation. 3 Hours.
PR: THET 629.
THET 740. Advanced Graduate Vocal Techniques 3. 2 Hours.
dialect and vocal techniques to refine and ready the student's skills for the professional world. Microphone techniques will be introduced as well as development of PR: THET 640. The student will focus on more advanced.
THET 742. Advanced Graduate Stage Movement 3. 2 Hours.
movement sequence. An introduction to stage violence, PR: THET 643. The final course in the Graduate Acting.
THET 750. Graduate Showcase 1. 1 Hour.
PR: THET 645. agents, casting directors, producers, and directors. showcase gives the graduating MFA actor the opportunity to demonstrate his/her skills for an audience of professional.
THET 751. Showcase Development. 2 Hours.
PR: THET 624. Using list of professional agents, and perform two showcases. develop a performance of selected works, develop a mailing skills learned in monologue and scene work, students will.
THET 771. Contemporary Theatre Organizations. 3 Hours.
theatres (1898-present). The class will function as a PR: THET 610. This course studies the philosophical and organizational structure of modern and contemporary graduate seminar.
THET 790. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It will also present a This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants Supervised practice in college teaching of theatre. Note:.
THET 791. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation in advanced topics not covered in regularly specially scheduled lectures. scheduled courses. Study may be independent or through.
THET 792. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.
Directed study, reading, and/or research.
THET 793. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
A study of contemporary.
THET 794. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.
Special seminars arranged for.
THET 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.
THET 796. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.
PR: Consent. to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar.
THET 797. Research. 1-15 Hours.
PR: Consent. Research or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation.
THET 798. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. formal supervision during the writing of student reports.
THET 799. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Colloquium to consult with graduate faculty, participate in.
THET 900. Professional Development. 1-6 Hours.
Professional apply as graduate credit toward a degree program. courses are graded on a pass/fail grading scale and do not development courses provide skill renewal or enhancement community health, geology). The continuing education in a professional field or content area (e.g., education,.
THET 930. Professional Development. 1-6 Hours.
Professional education courses are graded on a pass/fail grading scale a professional field or content area (e.g., education, and do not apply as graduate credit toward a degree program. community health, geology). These tuition waived continuing.