Theatre: Design and Technology, MFA

for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Design & Technology concentration


head of department & director of graduate studies: Gabriel Solis

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: https://theatre.illinois.edu/

college website: https://faa.illinois.edu/


department office: 4-122 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-2371

email: theatre@illinois.edu



Graduate Degree Programs in Theatre

Theatre, MA

Theatre, MFA

concentrations: Acting|Design & Technology

Theatre, PhD


Admission

Candidates should apply to one of the ten graduate areas offered: Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with specialization in acting, costume design, costume technology, lighting design, scenic design, sound design and technology, stage management, or scenic technology; the Master of Arts in Theatre with specialization in theatre history; or the Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre with specialization in theatre history. All applicants should present transcripts documenting undergraduate or graduate study of theatre practice, dramatic literature, and theatre history with a cumulative grade point average in these subjects of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0). Applicants whose first language is not English must submit recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; the current minimum score for consideration is 550 on the paper-based test (213 on the computer-based version).

Candidates for the M.F.A. degree must demonstrate talent in theatrical performance or production by audition or by the presentation of a portfolio of their work to an admissions committee of the faculty, either on campus or at one of the regional University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) audition sites. M.F.A. candidates are admitted in the fall term only. The M.F.A. acting program accepts applications only every three years; the next academic years in which applications will be accepted are 2020-21 for Fall 2021 admission.

Master’s and doctoral candidates should present records of at least a 3.0 grade point average in all subjects studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supply samples of their scholarly writing, and submit recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. In addition to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores required of all foreign students, master’s and doctoral candidates whose first language is not English are encouraged to submit scores of the Test of Written English (TWE). Ph.D. candidates should hold a master’s degree in theatre or in a related field. Master’s and doctoral candidates are normally admitted in the fall term.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

 

for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Design & Technology concentration


For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Programs and the Graduate College Handbook.  

Courses in a student's area of specialization32
Theatre history and dramatic literature12
Departmental approved electives28
Total Hours72
If a concentration is selected, see concentration requirements list above for specific area and number of hours.
Specialization area coursework32-48
Theater History4-12
Departmental approved electives20-28
Total Hours72

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
A concentration is not required
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Must be in residence six semesters
Students in the MFA Program participate continuously in the production program of the Department of Theatre, which presents six to eight productions annually at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Minimum GPA: 3.0

The M.F.A. is a terminal degree in theatre practice. Approved areas of specialization include acting, costume design, costume technology, lighting design, scenic design, scenic technology, sound design and technology, and stage management. Only full-time students will be admitted to the program. With departmental and Graduate College approval, up to two semesters of residency and 32 hours of coursework may be waived on the basis of the student's prior professional experience, although such cases are rare.