Twin Cities Campus
Theatre Arts M.F.A.
Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, 580 Rarig Center, 330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ( 612-625-6699; fax: 612-625-6334)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The M.F.A. in Theatre Arts, which specialized in Design and Technical Production, is awarded to students who, through the three-year course of study, explore challenges in the areas of scenery/properties, costuming, lighting, sound design, multimedia and technology with an emphasis in at least one of these areas. It is a rigorous program based on the belief that good designers must have a solid understanding of each area of design in order to be able to communicate and collaborate well with the other designers, technicians, and directors. Good designers must also have strong craft skills in order to understand how the design functions in execution. The department believes that technology is an integral tool of design and seeks to balance the education of the student in both areas.
This program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Admission into the M.F.A. Theatre Arts program is dependent on a portfolio review by the Theatre Arts design/technology faculty.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan C: Plan C requires 60 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: A realized design and technology project.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 4 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The three-year, performance-oriented M.F.A. degree specializes in design and technical production. All areas of design are studied to increase understanding in specialization areas, and technology is studied as an essential part of design. Students are expected to achieve proficiency in at least two areas of any combination of design and technology (scenery/properties, costuming, lighting, sound) and a level of expertise in at least one of these areas. Program faculty work with students to identify the final areas for the degree. The M.F.A. degree is considered a terminal degree in these areas of theatre arts. The M.F.A. requires 66 graduate credits. The degree requires 6 credits of dramatic literature or theatre history, which may be fulfilled by TH 4177 and 4178; and a minimum of 6 credits from outside the department (at least 3 credits of which must be a University course that contributes substantially to the degree program). Each program requires a final performance practicum and written record of it. For specific program requirements, contact the director of graduate studies.