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Graduate Studies

The Division of Theatre offers three-year professional training programs in Entertainment Design and Acting leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree.  

The MFA in Entertainment Design cultivates artistic, analytical, and practical skills. Students gain the skills necessary to become open, articulate, and professional scenic, costume, and lighting designers who then graduate to work in live theatre, TV, film, media, gaming, and animation. Each year, we admit a cohort of 4 students in all areas of design.

The MFA in Acting stands within the Stanislavsky tradition, with a focus on embodying action through the marriage of self to technique, imagination to text. Voice, movement, and text work are integrated components. Every other year, we admit a cohort of 8 students, i.e. 2021, 2023, 2025.

Financial Aid

  • Tuition covered by an Awarded Scholarship: valued at $44,500 per year, tax-free
  • Assistantship: $12,000 per year
  • Total Financial Three-Year Aid Package: $168,000

 We partner with the Dallas Theater Center (LORT), as well as other local venues, including Theatre Three, Undermain, Public Works Dallas, Ignite Arts/Dallas, Kitchen Dog, Jubilee, Second Thought, Shakespeare Dallas, Water Tower, and others. Faculty encourage and facilitate professional acting and entertainment design employment while in residence at the Dallas campus, during summer internships and post-MFA fellowships.

Individual mentorship is a hallmark of the MFA, including a once-a-semester in-depth meeting with the acting or design faculty team. Our goal is a faculty-student partnership that will lead to the student’s successful progress towards the completion of the MFA degree that leads to an individually focused professional career.

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Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts




Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies


M.F.A. in Acting

M.F.A. in Design

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff

Opportunities for Non-Theatre Majors

Student Internships & Collaborations


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