The Division of Theatre offers three-year specialized professional training programs in acting and stage design leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The graduate training programs are committed to professionalism in attitude and practice. Only students with a serious interest in the theatre as an art — committed to self-development and prepared to work responsibly and collaboratively in their discipline — should expect to enter and continue in graduate study.
The Theatre Division normally expects graduate students to be in residence for six terms during the regular academic year. Since the program of study includes both classroom and production activities, graduate students must obtain permission through the Division Chair before engaging in any other study, production work or outside employment. The M.F.A. degree requires a minimum of 66 credit hours.
At the end of each term, the faculty of the division evaluates the development of each graduate student. All aspects of the student's work come under scrutiny. The heads of the respective programs oversee and coordinate the review process, collating faculty evaluations into a review document.
The review process culminates in an assessment of the student's overall progress toward degree completion. Students who receive unsatisfactory reviews will be placed on probation. Failure to address the concerns raised in the review within the following term will result in the probationary student's dismissal from the program.
At the end of the first year, a faculty evaluation of the progress and potential of each student determines whether that student should continue into the second year.
The faculty reserves the privilege of recommending candidates for the M.F.A. degree only when it has been satisfied that students have demonstrated unquestionable professional competencies in the area of study.