Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts

Graduate Degrees


The MFA degree in Design, Art, and Performance has seven Theatre majors/concentrations: Theatre/Acting, Theatre/Audio Technology, Theatre/Costume Design, Theatre/Lighting Design, Theatre/Scenic Design, Theatre/Sound Design, Theatre/Technical Direction.

MFA applicants will be expected to hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing prior to registration as a graduate student. MFA applicants should have achieved a 3.0 grade point index or higher for the baccalaureate degree or have other academic indices indicating superior performance.

Program Objective

The study of theatre in the liberal arts tradition is designed to provide each student with the tools necessary to effectively contribute to a rapidly changing world.

The program encourages the student to develop the knowledge and ability to respond analytically to the concerns of people from diverse backgrounds, to develop critical thinking, to make aesthetic judgments, to work in a collaborative process, to effectively communicate and to synthesize divergent ideals from a wide array of related disciplines.

The student learns to develop specific skills in both the classroom and in production work to prepare for professional work in the theatre and its related fields. The program is constructed with the belief that artists and artisans alike, to fully realize their potential, must be educated as well as trained.

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