Theatre MA

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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MA
Department : Theatre Option : Thesis
Program Websites : http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Arts in Theatre program is intended to provide high school teachers, community college teachers, and developing theatre scholars the opportunity to strengthen skills and knowledge of theatre beyond the undergraduate level.

CURRICULUM

The Master of Arts in Theatre program offers a rigorous course of study of 39 credit hours minimum, culminating in the writing of a scholarly thesis. Of the 39 credit hours required for the degree, 30 credit hours are required core courses with the other 9 credit hours chosen from a specified list of elective Theatre courses offered by the School.
Total Credit Hours Required:
39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to understand the conceptual basis of their art and to be able to articulate that understanding to others. In addition to their theoretical studies, MA students are also required to demonstrate proficiency in theatrical production.

Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.00) overall Theatre GPA to continue in the major. Fifty percent of graduate course work must be at the 6000 level. Theatre courses with grades of less than “C” will not be counted toward degree requirements. Continuation in the MA program requires a positive annual evaluation. All graduate students must consult with an area adviser. All MA students must successfully complete a written thesis. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance.

Required Courses—21 Credit Hours

Core

  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • THE 6507 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5205 American Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPA 5405 Theatre Management for Non-Majors or elective (3 credit hours)
  • THE 6086C Careers in Professional Theatre or elective (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5307 Contemporary Theatre Practice or Dramatic Literature elective (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5945L Theatre Practicum I (1 credit hour)
  • THE 5946L Theatre Practicum II (1 credit hour)
  • THE 6947L Theatre Practicum III (1 credit hour)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Other graduate-level courses may be permitted with school approval.

  • TPA 5345C 2D Computer Assisted Design for Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPA 5346C 3D Modeling for Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5288 Period Costumes, Architecture, and Decor I (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5289 Period Costumes, Architecture, and Decor II (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 6686 Playwriting for Young Audiences (3 credit hours)
  • TPP 5246C Circus Arts (2 credit hours)
  • TPA 5885C Puppetry (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5125C Improvisation Studio (2 credit hours)
  • TPP 5248C Storytelling as a Theatrical Art Form (2 credit hours)

Thesis—9 Credit Hours

  • THE 6971 Thesis (9 credit hours)

Course Schedule

YEAR 1

Fall—13 Credit Hours
  • THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • TPA 5405 Theatre Management for Non-Majors or elective (3 credit hours)
  • 5000 level Theatre elective (3 credit hours)
  • THE 6507 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5945L Theatre Practicum I (1 credit hour)
Spring—13 Credit Hours
  • THE 6086C Careers in Professional Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5205 American Theatre (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5307 Contemporary Theatre Practice (3 credit hours)
  • THE 5946L Theatre Practicum II (1 credit hour)
  • THE 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)

YEAR 2

Fall—13 Credit Hours
  • 6000-level Theatre electives (6 credit hours)
  • THE 6947L Theatre Practicum III (1 credit hour)
  • THE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Examination

A comprehensive Theatre exam is administered to MA majors at the end of their course work. The department allows two attempts at a comprehensive exam.

Transfer and Residency

Students without an earned master’s degree can usually transfer up to 9 semester hours of credit into this program. A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at the University of Central Florida. Students must complete a residency requirement of at least two full-time consecutive semesters. A summer session may be counted toward the two consecutive semester requirement.

Independent Learning

A thesis is required.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BA or BFA in Theatre or equivalent.
  • A 3.0 Theatre GPA.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • An interview is required.
  • 5-10 page academic paper.
  • Goals statement.
  • An 8 X 10 headshot.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Complete the general entrance prerequisites.

General Entrance Prerequisites—Students applying for entrance into the MA program must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent: Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, Directing I.

Each student entering the program must be approved by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Theatre in the School of Performing Arts.

Application Deadlines

Theatre MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Mar 15Dec 1Apr 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1Dec 15
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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