The MFA requires 60 hours of course work. All MFA candidates will take a specific
set of core classes as well as classes in their own field of study.
The Theatre Core is specified in the Graduate Bulletin. Additionally, the Department
requires of MFA directing candidates 18 credit hours as designated in the directing
group. The directing group is designed to offer experience in both the theory and
practice of stage direction. There are four formal classes in stage direction and
also a first year Directing Studio project and a second year Directing Studio project.
The directing candidate's first year project will have as its central focus directorial
skills involving staging techniques and collaboration with actors. The second year
project will additionally offer the opportunity for collaboration with designers.
Consult the guidelines for “Project Phases and Plans of Action” in the Production
Practicum section in order to prepare properly with your Advisory Committee for the
first year Directing Studio project and the second year Directing Studio project.
The 21 credit hours of elective courses may be taken from any of the areas in the
department: directing, performance, design, or critical studies. Although adjustments
may be made later, these elective courses should be proposed on the initial Plan of
Study. Electives should clearly support the personal and professional needs and goals
of the individual student.
A three-year Plan of Study can be created most effectively by consulting the semester-by-semester
Advising Sheets that identify courses available each semester in the cycle of offerings.