Graduate Degree - Theatre - Master of Fine Arts

Program:
Theatre - Master of Fine Arts
Program Code:
0979 Theatre
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Fine Arts
Start Term:
FQ72
College:
College of Arts and Letters
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
Department of Theatre
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

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College of Arts and Letters

Department of Theatre

Graduate Study
Theatre - Master of Fine Arts

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, of the College of Arts and Letters, and of the Department of Theatre, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

When applying for admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree program in theatre, applicants must select a concentration in either acting or design. The audition and interview procedures for each concentration are as follows:

  1. Acting: Students applying for admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree program with a concentration in acting must audition for selected faculty at nationally designated venues in Chicago or New York City or on the Michigan State University campus. Students should contact the Head of Acting to schedule an on-campus audition. The acting curriculum is sequential and admissions occur every three years.
  2. Design: Students applying for admission to the Master of Fine Arts degree program with a concentration in design must present their design portfolios for review and be interviewed by the design faculty. Students should contact the Head of Design for an appointment.

To be admitted to the Master of Fine Arts degree program in Theatre on regular status, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in theatre or the equivalent of 30 credits in theatre studies from a recognized educational institution.

Guidance Committee

The student's guidance committee should be constituted by the end of the student's second semester of enrollment in the program.  The committee determines an appropriate program of study in consultation with the student.

For a student who elects the acting concentration, the committee must consist of two or more faculty members in the area of acting and one faculty member from outside the acting area.

For a student who selects the design concentration, the committee must consist of two faculty members in the area of design and one faculty member from outside the design area.

Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the student's guidance committee.  Students must complete one of the following concentrations:

               
Acting (60 credits):  
(1) All of the following courses:  
  THR 801 Practicum: Acting 18
  THR 804 Practicum: Voice 6
  THR 805 Practicum: Movement 6
  THR 830 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3
  THR 831 Studies in Theatre History 3
  THR 832 Comparative Drama and Criticism 3
  THR 834 Professional Aspects 2
  THR 870 Collaborative Studio in Theatre 3
  THR 894 Special Projects in Theatre 6
  Electives approved by the student’s guidance committee 10
  Students must enroll in 1 credit increments for Theatre 894. Each credit is associated with one of six major performance projects. Students must participate in production activities during each semester of enrollment in the program.  
Design (60 credits):  
(1) All of the following courses:  
  THR 411 Stage Lighting Design 3
  THR 412 Stage Costume Design 3
  THR 414 Stage Scene Design 3
  THR 416 Audio and Visual Technology 3
  THR 419 Digital Design for Live Performance 3
  THR 811 Practicum: Production Design and Technology 9
  THR 813 Period Resources and Research 6
  THR 830 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3
  THR 831 Studies in Theatre History 3
  THR 832 Comparative Drama and Criticism 3
  THR 834 Professional Aspects 2
  THR 870 Collaborative Studio in Theatre 3
  THR 894 Special Projects in Theatre 6
  Electives approved by the student's guidance committee 10
  Students must enroll in 1 credit increments for Theatre 894. Each 1 credit is associated with one of five required design projects. Students must participate in production activities during each semester of enrollment in the program.  

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits must have been completed within the time limit for the degree.