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Theatre Arts M.F.A.

Theatre Arts & Dance Dept
College of Liberal Arts
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, 580 Rarig Center, 330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ( 612-625-6699; fax: 612-625-6334)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 60
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Fine Arts
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 MFA 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.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
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.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 54 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 MFA 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 MFA degree is considered a terminal degree in these areas of theatre arts. Each program requires a final performance practicum and written record of it. For specific program requirements, contact the director of graduate studies.
Required Courses
TH 5510 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer I (3.0 cr)
TH 5520 - Scene Design (3.0 cr)
TH 5530 - Costume Design (3.0 cr)
TH 5540 - Lighting Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
TH 5559 - Sound Design for Performance (3.0 cr)
TH 5560 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer II (3.0 cr)
Repeat Primary Design Area
TH 5520 - Scene Design (3.0 cr)
or TH 5530 - Costume Design (3.0 cr)
or TH 5540 - Lighting Design for the Theatre (3.0 cr)
or TH 5559 - Sound Design for Performance (3.0 cr)
MFA Creative Thesis
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8990 - MFA Creative Thesis (3.0-4.0 cr)
Design/Technology Practicums
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 5590 - Theatre Technology Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
or TH 8590 - Theatre Technology Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
· Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 5500 - Theatre Design Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 8500 - Theatre Design Practicum (1.0-3.0 cr)
Electives in Related Fields
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 5545 - Stage Lighting Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 5570 - Properties/Scenery Technology (1.0-3.0 cr)
· TH 5580 - Costume Technology (3.0 cr)
· TH 8980 - Internship (1.0-5.0 cr)
Professional Development Class
Take once a year for 3 years.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8950 - Topics in Theatre (1.0-4.0 cr)
Internship
(May or may not be taken for credit to apply towards electives.) Confer with advisor regarding internship.
Take 0 - 3 credit(s) from the following:
· TH 8980 - Internship (1.0-5.0 cr)
History of Literature within the Major Field
Upon consultation with the advisor and program faculty, there may be a substitution for the specific courses listed below for this requirement if it is in the best interest of the student. New coursework must be in the history/literature area.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation [WI] (3.0 cr)
· TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects [WI] (3.0 cr)
Outside Coursework
Take at least 6 credits outside the major.
 
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TH 5510 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1501 or grad
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of skills necessary for presentation of theatre scene/costume designs. Materials, layout, and techniques in scene painting. Basic drawing/graphic skills. prereq: 1501 or grad
TH 5520 - Scene Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3521
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceiving/communicating design ideas in both two-dimensional sketches and three-dimensional models for theatre and allied venues. Drafting. prereq: 3521
TH 5530 - Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and process of costume design for theatrical productions (e.g., dance, opera, film) through hypothetical productions. prereq: 3531
TH 5540 - Lighting Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3541
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design aesthetics and exploration of design for various stage forms and venues. Development of the lighting plot and paperwork; use of the computer in lighting design. prereq: 3541
TH 5559 - Sound Design for Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Audio technology/psychology, their impact on audience in a performance. Communication, design process, psychoacoustics, script analysis. prereq: 4555 or instr consent
TH 5560 - Drawing, Rendering, and Painting for the Theatre Designer II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Development of skills necessary for presentation of theatre scene/costume designs. Materials, layout, and techniques in scene painting. Rendering and scene painting skills. prereq: 5510
TH 5520 - Scene Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3521
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceiving/communicating design ideas in both two-dimensional sketches and three-dimensional models for theatre and allied venues. Drafting. prereq: 3521
TH 5530 - Costume Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and process of costume design for theatrical productions (e.g., dance, opera, film) through hypothetical productions. prereq: 3531
TH 5540 - Lighting Design for the Theatre
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: 3541
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design aesthetics and exploration of design for various stage forms and venues. Development of the lighting plot and paperwork; use of the computer in lighting design. prereq: 3541
TH 5559 - Sound Design for Performance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Audio technology/psychology, their impact on audience in a performance. Communication, design process, psychoacoustics, script analysis. prereq: 4555 or instr consent
TH 8990 - MFA Creative Thesis
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
tbd prereq: instr consent, dept consent
TH 5590 - Theatre Technology Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual creative project in technology/craft area of theatre. Practical work in costume, lighting, makeup, props, scenery, sound, or theatre management. prereq: 3515, instr consent, dept consent; 4 cr max for undergrads
TH 8590 - Theatre Technology Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Individual creative projects in the technology or craft of costume, lighting, makeup, props, scenery, sound, or theatre management. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
TH 5500 - Theatre Design Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 20.0]
Prerequisites: Th 3521, 3531, or 3541
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual projects in production of approved plays as a designer of scenery/properties, costumes, lighting, or sound. (See 5100 for other creative practicums.) prereq: Th 3521, 3531, or 3541
TH 8500 - Theatre Design Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual creative projects in production of approved plays as a designer for scenery/properties, costumes, lighting, or sound (see 8100 for other creative practicums). prereq: instr consent, dept consent
TH 5545 - Stage Lighting Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The lighting technician's skills and crafts: equipment, techniques, control operation, wiring, and maintenance. prereq: 3515 or grad or instr consent
TH 5570 - Properties/Scenery Technology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Management, structures, upholstery, mask-making, furniture construction, stage mechanics, soft properties, faux finishes. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3515 or grad or instr consent
TH 5580 - Costume Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fabric enhancement techniques, masks, wig-making, millinery, makeup prosthetics, pattern drafting, and draping. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 3571 or grad or instr consent
TH 8980 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
tbd prereq: instr consent, dept consent
TH 8950 - Topics in Theatre
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
TH 8980 - Internship
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
tbd prereq: instr consent, dept consent
TH 4177W - Survey of Dramatic Literature I: Strategic Interpretation (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Basic principles of script analysis as applied to stage practice from traditional/postmodern approaches. Students read plays, critical perspectives. Discussion, critical writing, performance. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] or instr consent
TH 4178W - Survey of Dramatic Literature II: Representation and its Effects (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth look at how plays actively participate in production of social values and of society itself. Emphasizes consequences of choices theatre artists make. prereq: [[3171, 3172], [jr or sr]] orr instr consent