Jul 03, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision) 
2020-2021 General Catalog (Year Under Revision)

Theatre Arts - MFA

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Total Required Graduate Credits: 60

Committee Requirements

During (or upon the completion of) the first semester of this degree, the student will:

  • Complete and sign the MFA Graduate Student Code contract.
  • Nominate an MFA Supervisory Committee of at least three members (one from outside of the Theatre Design area) and submit the list of members to the Department Head for approval.
  • Submit the Department Head approved Committee to the Graduate School for approval.
  • Schedule a Supervisory Committee meeting.
  • Develop a 3-year Program of Study with the approval of the Supervisory Committee. 

Prior to graduation, the student will:

  • Complete all courses and requirements as determined by the Supervisory Committee.
  • Earn successful MFA Continuance Evaluation ratings.
  • Successfully complete an MFA Plan-B Defense process with the Supervisory Committee. 

Required Courses

Introductory Course - Taken during the first semester (take 5 credits)

Cognate Skill Coursework (6 credits)

A minimum of two courses (6 credits) is required to develop skills or increase knowledge in a field related to the area of specialization. Courses are subject to approval by the Graduate Study Committee. Students in any of the Design or Advanced Technical Practice specializations will take courses in: art, engineering and technology education, welding, furniture construction or cabinetry, or landscape architecture. Students may petition to take coursework in other disciplines, upon justification of relevance to the course of study.

Design Studies (complete 2 credits each semester) (12 credits)

Graduate Projects (9-10 credits)

Theatre Internship (6 credits)

  • 2-8
  • Two internships are required, taken during summers at recognized professional theatre companies. All internships must be approved by the Supervisory Committee. Application for the internship must be approved and submitted to the Theatre Department prior to accepting the internship.  A letter of satisfactory performance from the appropriate company supervisor and other required documentation should be submitted to the department at the end of the internship.

Culminating Courses taken during the final semester (4 credits)


The option to cancel a student project, or to allow work to proceed but disqualify it as an MFA project based upon insufficient preparation or validity, rests with  the department's Graduate Study Committee, the student's Supervisory Committee chairperson (advisor), and the Artistic Director of Utah State Theatre. This rule is designed to protect the priorities of the department and the integrity of its productions.

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