May 26, 2020
Admission to the program is competitive and is not automatic upon meeting minimum admission requirements. Students are selected from the pool of qualified applicants; the number of students admitted yearly depends on the availability of program resources required to maintain a high level of student/faculty contact and professional training.
- Admission to the Graduate School. Note that the Department of Theatre and Dance requires a grade point average of at least 2.5 from an accredited undergraduate institution. As well, the department will require evidence of suitable academic preparation, typically demonstrated by performance in course work in the undergraduate major and/or a writing sample.
- Submission of a separate departmental application identifying prior theatre education and experience and professional goals. Departmental applications are available from the Department of Theatre and Dance website: http://www.memphis.edu/theatre/
- An interview with appropriate program faculty either at the university or at a regional or national conference.
- Successful completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit approved by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. A minimum of 70% (42 hours) of the total required hours must be 7000 level courses. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.
- All students in the program must take the following core courses:
All students with a specialization in Design and Technical Production
All students with a specialization in Design and Technical Production must take an additional thirty-nine hours of courses determined in consultation with their advisor.
Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.
Graduate Advisory Committee
Each student will have a Graduate Advisory Committee. The functions of the committee shall be:
- To approve the three-year Plan of Study (which may include remedial work).
- To monitor academic and artistic progress.
- To monitor quality and quantity of participation in the theatre production program.
- To approve and evaluate production projects, the Production Practicum Project, the internship, and the comprehensive examination.
Annual Progress Review
Progress in the MFA program involves more than the successful completion of academic course work. Artistic progress and engagement in the theatre production program of the department are also required.
- MFA Portfolio Review: Each year all design students will meet with the design faculty and all directing students with the directing faculty for Portfolio Review. At that time, the student’s competencies, artistic progress, and professional presentational skills will be evaluated.
- Graduate Review: Following each semester’s Graduate Advisory Committee meeting with the student, the full faculty will meet to review the status and progress of each student. Possible outcomes of the evaluation process include:
- continuance in the program without condition;
- continuance in the program with conditions; or
- non-continuance in the program.
- Note: A more detailed discussion of program requirements may be found in the Department of Theatre and Dance Graduate Handbook available from the department office.