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The Master in Fine Arts in
Theatre offers an Acting track designed for students who demonstrate the
artistic and intellectual capacity and evidence of professional promise to
pursue careers in professional and academic theatre.
|The Acting track
of the Theatre MFA program requires 47 credit hours of core and specialization
courses that follow a suggested yearly schedule in addition to a thesis and an
internship. The electives can be chosen (with instructor approval) from
existing courses in the MFA tracks in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, and
Theatre for Young Audiences. Because allowed electives are both two- and
three-credit-hour courses, the course of study shows a sliding number of
credits for electives. Consequently, although the 61 credit hours are
required, a student may graduate with as many as 65 credit hours.|
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Students must maintain a minimum “B” (3.0) overall Theatre grade point
average to continue in the major. Theatre courses with grades of less than "C"
will not be counted toward degree requirements. All Acting program students
are required to audition for all fall and spring productions and must accept
the roles assigned. A student’s continuation in the program is contingent upon
a positive annual evaluation. Students must successfully complete internship
and thesis requirements. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance.
Of the 61 hours required for the Acting track, the following courses
constitute the MFA Graduate Core Curriculum. See the Course Schedule below for
an understanding of how the curricular elements are articulated.
Required Courses—47 Credit Hours
Core—6 Credit Hours
- THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3 credit hours)
- THE 6086C Careers in Professional Theatre (3 credit hours)
Specialization—41 Credit Hours
Shown below is the suggested course
- TPP 6808 Independent Study (1
- TPP 6686 Playwriting for Young Audiences (3 credit
- TPP 5246C Circus Arts (2 credit hours)
- TPA 5885C
Puppetry (2 credit hours)
- TPP 5125C Improvisation Studio (2 credit
- TPP 5248C Storytelling as a Theatrical Art Form (2 credit
- TPA 6406C Theatre Management (3 credit hours)
- THE 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
Internship—8 Credit Hours Minimum
- THE 6948 Professional
- TPP 5156C Acting Studio I (3 credit
- TPP 5515 Movement Studio I (2 credit hours)
- TPP 5715C
Stage Voice I (2 credit hours)
- THE 5910 Research Methods in Theatre (3
Spring—10 Credit Hours
- TPP 5157C Acting Studio II (3 credit hours)
- TPP 5516C
Movement Studio II (2 credit hours)
- TPP 5716C Stage Voice II (2
- THE 5307 Contemporary Theatre Practice (3 credit
Fall—10 Credit Hours
- TPP 6146 Acting Studio III (3 credit hours)
- TPP 6517
Movement Studio III (2 credit hours)
- TPP 6717C Stage Voice III (2
- THE 6507 Dramatic Theory and Criticism (3 credit
Spring—11 Credit Hours
- TPP 6518C
Movement Studio IV (2 credit hours)
- TPP 6718C Stage Voice IV (2 credit
- TPP 6267 Acting Studio V: TV/Film (3 credit hours)
- TPP 5278C Musical Theatre Lab (1 credit hour)
- THE 5205 American
Theatre (3 credit hours)
- THE 6948 Professional Internship (4 credit
- THE 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
- THE 6086C Careers in
Professional Theatre (3 credits)
Spring—10 Credit Hours
- THE 6948 Professional Internship (4 credit hours)
6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)
- TPP 6186C Advanced Scene Study or
Elective (3 credit hours)
Students who do not hold a master’s
degree can usually transfer up to nine semester hours into this program.
Ordinarily, students holding completed MS or MA degrees will not be admitted
into the MFA program. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Final acceptance and number of credits to be transferred will be determined by
a graduate faculty committee. A minimum of 51 credits must be taken at the
University of Central Florida. A student without an earned master’s degree
must complete a residency requirement of at least five semesters with at least
four of them being full-time, consecutive semesters. Summer session may be
counted toward the four consecutive semesters.
Independent LearningThe Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis.
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.
- A 3.0 Theatre GPA.
- Essay stating applicant's academic and professional goals.
- An 8 X 10 headshot.
- Three letters of
- An audition.
the general entrance and area specific undergraduate prerequisites or their
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a
college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course
credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted
from World Education Services
(WES) or Josef Silny and
Associates, Inc. only.
Auditions, Portfolio, and Interview
- MFA Acting applicants are required to
participate in an interview and perform two contrasting monologues.
For more details about these requirements, contact the Theatre Department at
General Entrance and
Area Specific Prerequisites -Students applying for entrance into the MFA
Programs must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses
or their equivalent:
- Acting -Script Analysis or Play
Analysis, Directing I, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II,
Stage Voice I, Stage Voice II, Stage Movement I, Stage Movement II, Acting I,
Acting II, Acting III.
- Musical Theatre -Fundamentals of Music,
Acting I, Acting II, Musical Theatre Voice I, Musical Theatre Voice II are all
- Design -Script Analysis or Play Analysis,
Directing I, Theatre History I and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, Stagecraft
I, Stagecraft II, Theatre Drafting, 2D CADD, Scene Design I, Lighting Design I,
Costume Construction, Costume Design I.
- Theatre for Young
Audiences -Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Directing I, Theatre History I
and II, Dramatic Literature I and II, as well as experience in some area of
theatre and/or education.
Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria
does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of
the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this
program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the
applicant's potential for completing the degree.
students will be admitted into the MFA program.
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*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.
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 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.