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MFA College Degrees for Theatre

Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Acting

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Acting
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Acting is a graduate program further applying the skills of performance studies, theory and practice learned in the undergraduate curriculums.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Arts Management
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration is a graduate program preparing students for careers in performing and visual arts organizations. Students learn skills ranging from administrative, managerial, and leadership positions.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Choreography

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Dance
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Choreography is intended for graduate students who have pursued a professional performance career in dance and now wish to expand their knowledge and skills in choreography.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Costume Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design provides a solid foundation of costume construction techniques in addition to design and rendering skills for students wishing to enter the field of costume design and construction.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Costume Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts with a Specialization in Costume Technology and Design provides a solid foundation of costume construction techniques in addition to design and rendering skills. Classroom instruction is complimented by hands-on experience in a variety of areas including draping, flat patterning, millinery, crafts, tailoring, etc.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Costume Production

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Costume Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Costume Production is tailored for students wishing to enter the field of costume arts. Students undertake a broad curriculum including history and design of costumes, and also learn the knowledge and skills necessary to produce costumes for the stage.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Dance
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Dance program provides qualified graduate students with opportunities to acquire and develop the skills and knowledges necessary to participate significantly in the field of contemporary dance.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Production and Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Design is a graduate program aimed at furthering the knowledge of students and acquiring comprehensive skills in scenery, costume and lighting design.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Design and Technology
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology is a graduate degree program which prepares students for a career in the production aspects of theatre. Students develop skills in technology, set design and construction, and learn how to operate theatre machinery.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Design for Theatre and Entertainment Media

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Design and Technology
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Design for Theatre and Entertainment Media offers graduate students an advanced professional training in four artistic areas: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Sound Design.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Directing

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Direction
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Directing is a graduate program offering students the opportunity to learn the production aspect of theatrical productions, while also placing emphasis on the artistic requirements. The curriculum focuses on production skills (including construction, graphics and stage management) along with historical and literary theory and practical knowledge.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Youth Theatre and Puppetry
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Youth Theatre graduate program prepares students for careers as teaching artists in schools and communities; elementary and secondary schools, college and university education; regional and professional theatre for young audiences

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Writing
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing is a graduate degree program that combines training in stage writing, playwriting and learning new theatrical forms. Students may have the opportunity to see their work performed in workshops and school productions.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Dramaturgy
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy is a graduate program for students focused on a wide range of academic and theoretical subjects such as Dramaturgy, Directing, Playwriting, Literary Management, Collaborative Processes, Theory and Criticism, Dramatic Literature and Theatre History.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Lighting Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design is a graduate program offering students further professional knowledge and tools in lighting design for the theatre stage.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Management

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Arts Management
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Management graduate degree offers students the opportunity to further learn and apply management techniques as they are applied to theatre productions. Along with a broad and extensive offering of theatre foundation, students will learn communication skills, organization techniques and problem-solving applications.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Musical Theatre
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program is tailored for graduate students to continue their education and practicum in the disciplines of acting, voice and dance to prepare them for careers in performance, education, production or direction.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Performance

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Performance
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Performance is a graduate program further applying the skills of performance studies, theory and practice learned in the undergraduate curriculums.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Interactive Media Arts

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Performance and Interactive Media
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Interactive Media Arts is a graduate degree program in which students focus on various mediums of art, and how they relate to science and technology. Students follow a theoretical, training and practical curriculum leading to conceptualizing and producing multi-disciplinary works of art.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Pedagogy

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Performance and Pedagogy
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Pedagogy is a graduate program offering intensive specialization in the field of performance and pedagogy. Students learn teaching experience via a curriculum which reinforces their theoretical and practical foundations in acting, voice and speech, stage movement, and theatre history. A thesis project in performance or production must be completed during the program.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Performance as Public Practice

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Performance
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Performance as Public Practice graduate programs explore the widest possible parameters of performance in its relationship to historical and contemporary global culture as well as to local communities. The program applies the skills of performance studies, theory and practice.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Arts Management
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management is a graduate program preparing students for careers in nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations. Students learn skills ranging from administrative, managerial, and leadership positions and are trained to become effective advocates for the arts, both on the national and international stage.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Playwriting
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting is a graduate degree program tailored for students with a specific career focus. The program helps develop students' creative writing skills, enhance their technical knowledge of writing, hone their script writing abilities and analysis abilities, and see their work performed in school workshops and productions.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Production and Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Production and Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Production and Design is a graduate degree which offers students the opportunity to further refine their knowledge and applications in the technical aspect of the theatre, in such areas as scene design and direction, lighting, costume, sound design, and technical direction.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Production Design and Technology

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Design and Technology
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Production Design and Technology is geared towards students wishing to pursue a wide variety of design and technical careers in the professional theater. During their studies, students will learn Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Technical Production, Costume Technology, Scenic Technology, and Properties and Crafts.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Properties Technology

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Technology
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Properties Technology is a graduate program which offers students intensive training in properties and different technique constructions and materials. Students learn technical skills such as woodworking, metalworking, mold making & casting, foam carving, upholstery, and sewing.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Scene Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Scenography
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Scene Design further explores the technical elements that make up a production, such as scenery and property construction, lighting, scene design, costume design, stage management and technical directions.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Technology and Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Design and Technology
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Technology and Design is a graduate degree program which prepares students for a career in the production aspects of theatre. Students develop skills in technology, set design and construction, and learn how to operate theatre machinery.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Sound Design
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master in Fine Arts in Sound Design is an intensive graduate degree program offering students to further hone their skills in the aesthetic and technical discipline of sound design. Within their curriculum, students may be exposed to various areas within the field of sound design, including multimedia applications, production and directing, use of different technologies and graphics, and performance applications.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Design and Technology
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design is a graduate program enableing students to further learn and use practical tools and knowledge in the technical elements that make up a production, such as scenery and property construction, lighting, scene design, costume design, stage management and technical directions.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Stage Management
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management is designed to prepare students for a professional career in stage management. In an intensive academic and theoretical environment, students learn to communicate with and oversee all aspects of the production, and are also exposed to various techniques of management, collaboration, administrative and design/technical skills.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Technical Direction

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Direction
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master in Fine Arts in Technical Direction is graduate degree program offering students the opportunity to further learn the production aspect of theatrical productions, while also placing emphasis on the artistic requirements. The curriculum focuses on production skills (including construction, graphics and stage management) along with historical and literary theory and practical knowledge.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Production
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production enables students the opportunity to learn and practice the tools and skills needed to oversee a technical production. The curriculum includes such courses as training in drafting, AutoCAD, construction, structural design, rigging, sound, electronics, mechanical systems and shop management.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Theatre

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Theatre
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre in is an intensive graduate program offering students a comprehensive and specialized training in theatre in performance, theoretical, critical, and historical contexts of the field.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Youth Theatre and Puppetry
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences is a professional training program emphasizing both theatre theory and practice. The program is tailored for students wishing to enter the fields of teaching or performing for younger audiences.

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Degree Name: Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Performance Program

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Writing
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Performance Program is a graduate degree program which offers students the opportunity to develop their writing abilities for the stage and screen and enhance their knowledge of dramatic literature and styles. Through collaborative workshops and intensive writing classes, students are able to focus on writing methodologies and develop their own works.

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Degree Name: Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance

Grad/Under Grad: Graduate
Field Name: Dramatic Literature
Degree Type: MFA
Description: The Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance is a graduate program which offers students in-depth knowledge and applied aspects of Shakespearean theatrical studies. Students learn Shakespearean stagecraft, including voice, movement, dance and stage combat, and are also exposed to directing, teaching and dramaturgy.

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