School of Theater Academic Requirements

Residency Requirement for the School of Theater

The Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts Programs in the School of Theater are four-year programs, consisting of eight (8) full-time semesters of study. The Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts are three-year programs, consisting of six (6) full-time semesters of study. The MFA Applied Arts Specialization is a two-year MFA program, consisting of four (4) full-time semesters of study.

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Curriculum Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates must complete forty-six semester units of Critical Studies coursework: Certificate of Fine Arts candidates do not complete Critical Studies courses. All other requirements for the Certificate of Fine Arts are identical to those for the BFA. Critical Studies requirements are detailed in the Critical Studies section of the Course Catalog (see Critical Studies requirements).

Students must complete the program of study approved by the mentor and the student, which will include the required courses specified in the School of Theater Course Requirements section of this Course Catalog and comprise a minimum of 120 units.

Students must successfully complete a Mid-Residence Review at the end of the fourth semester (BFA) and a Graduation Review in the final semester (see Reviews policy).

Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts

Students must complete the program of study approved by the mentor and the student, which will include the required courses specified in the School of Theater Course Requirements section of this Course Catalog and comprise a minimum of 60 units.

Students must successfully complete a Mid-Residence Review at the end of the second semester and a Graduation Review in the final semester (see Reviews policy).

Concentration in Integrated Media

See Center for Integrated Media curriculum.

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Course Requirements—Programs in Performance

Acting Program

By graduation, all Acting students should exhibit the following:

  • The ability to transform imaginatively into a role, conveying "story" through mastery of body, voice and speech and through convincing interactions with objects, acting partners and space;
  • The skills and knowledge to confidently approach a variety of texts and to give students a range of techniques to do so, from the classical to the most current;
  • A deep and expansive individual aesthetic;
  • The openness to experiment in rehearsal and performance techniques, combining a mastery of skills learned in studio with the ability to expand and challenge further the conventional forms through brave acting choices.
  • The ability to initiate and navigate interdisciplinary investigations.
  • Exhibit the ability to apply their skills/techniques with excellence to reach the level of mastery;
  • The ability to cover the variety of acting requirements in order to move easily and with confidence between the demands of cinema and the stage;
  • The flexibility to adapt and respond professionally to a variety of performance conditions, media, and technologies;
  • The agency to pursue their professional careers by building their entrepreneurial muscles.
In addition, MFA Acting students are encouraged to:
  • Create self-generated projects that expand the definition of what it means to be an actor.
  • Acquire a multiplicity of skills to augment the métier focus such as writing, directing, project development, music, film, etc.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate of Fine Arts

Métier Requirements
  • TACT 100, 101 Acting Studio I
  • TACT 200, 201 Acting Studio II
  • TACT 300, 301 Acting Studio III
  • TACT 400 Graduating Acting Studio
  • TACT 105, 106 Voice
  • TACT 110, 111 Speech
  • TACT 205, 206 Voice II
  • TACT 305, 306 Voice III
  • TACT 210, 211 Speech II
  • TACT 310, 311 Speech III
  • TACT 115, 116 Movement I
  • TACT 215, 216 Movement II
  • TACT 315, 316 Movement III
  • TACT 250 Alexander Technique
  • TACT 050 Workshop in Special Skills: Fight Choreography
  • TACT 130, 131 Theater Run Crew (BFA1)
  • TACT 240, 241, 340, 341, 440, 441 Rehearsal/Performance (BFA2-4)
  • TAIC 100 Conversations in Contemporary Theater*
  • TAIC 300 Survey of World Theater - Text*
  • TWNT 300 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Three UNITS FROM the Following Critical Studies Classes:
  • TAIC 305 Performance Tactics*
  • TAIC 310 Arts Activism*
  • TAIC 315 Art and Community Engagement *
  • Electives are listed below. Note: Classes marked with a * receive Critical Studies credit.

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Master of Fine Arts and Advanced Certificate of Fine Arts

Métier Requirements
  • TACT 500, 501 Acting Studio V
  • TACT 600, 601 Acting Studio VI
  • TACT 700 Graduating Acting Studio
  • TACT 505, 506 Voice V
  • TACT 605, 606 Voice VI
  • TACT 510, 511 Speech V
  • TACT 610, 611 Speech VI
  • TACT 515, 516 Movement V
  • TACT 615, 616 Movement VI
  • TACT 550 Alexander Technique
  • TACT 540 The Performer and the Object
  • TACT 525, 526 Directing Lab I
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TACT 640, 641, 740, 741 Rehearsal & Performance
  • TACT 555 Workshop in Special Skills: Fight Choreography
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
  • Electives listed below
Elective Theater Classes FOR ACTORS (undergraduate)
  • TGEN 320, 325 Institute Directing
  • TGEN 330 A Brief History of Ventriloquism
  • TGEN 340, 345 Writing for Performance Workshop
  • TGEN 390 Institute Producing       
  • TGEN 410 Fundraising Strategies
  • TMPR 430 Grant Writing
  • TGEN 450 Entrepreneurship: The Artist as Entrepreneur (BFA4 only)
  • TMSM 100, 101 Basic Stage Management
  • TMSM 300 Theater Management
  • TACT 325 Physical Body in Performance
  • TMSM 340 Theatrical Unions
  • TIMM 415 Live and Location Based Entertainment
  • TIMM 435 Flixus: Scene Generation
  • TIMM 442 F/V Pre-Production Planning
  • TIMM 475 Theme Lab 101
  • TACT___ Special Topics in Performance (new course proposal)
  • TACT 010 Workshop in Special Skills: Makeup
  • TACT 360, 361 Improvisation
  • TACT 320, 321 Advanced Tai Chi
  • TACT 402 Acting for the Camera
  • TACT 405 Voice/Speech IV
  • TACT 450 Showcase
  • TACT 415 Movement IV
  • TACT 455 Audition Practicum
  • TACT 470 Voice Over (in graduating year)
  • FAIC 430 History of Video Art
  • CCST 158 European Studies
  • CHMN 238 Early Modernism
  • AAIC 265 Modern Art History
  • FAIC 400 Film Today
  • CCST 310 Theater of the Oppressed
  • CSOC 147 Ritual
  • TWFP 450 Screenwriting for the Theater Artist
  • Any Dance, Music or Film History Class
  • Independent studies
  • All Puppetry courses
ELECTIVE THEATER CLASSES FOR ACTORS (GRADUATE)
    • TGEN 530 A Brief History of Ventriloquism
    • TGEN 575 Institute Producing
    • TMPR 630 Grantwriting
    • TGEN 750 Entrepreneurship: The Artist as Entrepreneur (MFA3)
    • TIMM 570, 571 Performing Object Lab
    • TIMM 642 F/V Pre-Production Planning
    • TIMM 705 Art of Themed and Immersive Environments
    • TACT___ Special Topics in Performance (new course proposal)
    • TACT 512 Workshop in Special Skills: Makeup
    • TACT 625 Physical Body in Performance
    • TACT 702 Acting for the Camera
    • TACT 705 Voice/Speech V
    • TACT 660, 661 Improvisation
    • TACT 715 Movement
    • TACT 720 CAP Project: SOHDA
    • TACT 750 Showcase
    • TACT 755 Audition Practicum
    • TACT 770 Voice Over (in graduating year)
    • TWFP 525 Screenwriting for the Theater Artist
    • TWFP 555, 655, 755 Playwright's Lab
    • MBLE 550 African Dance
    • THST 505-550 Graduate Seminars (graduate only)
    • TMSM 540 Theatrical Unions
    • TDIR 520, 521,620, 621, 720, 721 Cinematic Elixirs
    • TACT 725 CAP Project: Arroyo Seco
    • TACT 760 Voicing Animation
    • Independent studies
    • All Puppetry courses

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Directing Program (Graduate Only)

By the time they graduate, Directing students will exhibit:

  • A defined, deepened, and expanded development of their individual aesthetic terrains.
  • Engagement with a variety of aesthetic and practical approaches that have challenged and expanded their unique perspectives, and have embraced an openness to that which is alien.
  • An understanding of principles in multiple areas necessary for effective direction: acting, dramaturgy and design.
  • Development of the communication skills needed to work effectively with collaborators coming from disparate disciplines.
  • Development of acute analytical skills.
  • Engagement in practical production activity in the context of a disciplined conceptual framework.
  • The ability to lead effectively in complex production situations and a profound awareness of the obligations and responsibilities that are attendant in the director's leadership role, including providing ethical leadership of their processes.
  • An understanding of the foundation of the discourse and practice of film, video and the visual arts in acknowledgement of the increasing importance of the media to a director's work.
  • An understanding of where their work exists within the context of contemporary social, cultural, and intellectual discourse.
Métier Requirements
  • TDIR 525, 526 Directing Lab
  • TDIR 503, 504 Transforming Text I&II
  • TDIR 605, 606, 705, 706 Directing Seminar
  • TDIR 520, 521, 620, 621 Cinematic Elixirs
  • TDIR 640 MFA2 Directing Project
  • TDIR 740 MFA3 Directing Project
  • TACT 500 MFA1 Acting Studio
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TSCE-545a Design Methodology
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session(every Spring that it is offered)

Additional classes to be determined in consultation with the mentor.

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Writing for Performance (Graduate Only)

By the time students graduate they will:

  • Have created texts and theatrical spaces that can, but don't necessarily have to, transcend the world of theater.
  • Have a foundation in the history of non-traditional performance narratives and techniques.
  • Have experience in performance technique (acting, voice, movement, etc.).
  • Have engaged in interdisciplinary and collaborative work, and are comfortable writing in a variety of forms and contexts.
  • Understand the importance of process through collaborative experiences.
  • Have cultivated an emphasis on research and a strong footing in theory.
  • Have identified their artistic mission and manifesto.
  • Develop teaching skills in Writing for Performance.
Métier Requirements
  • TWFP 530 Writing for Performance I
  • TWFP 535 Writing for Performance II
  • TWFP 550, 555, 650, 655, 750, 755 Playwright's Lab (each semester)
  • TWFP 740 MFA3 Writing for Performance Project
  • TDIR 503 Transforming Text I
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TDIR 520, 521 Special Topics in Directing -Cinematic Elixirs
  • TACT 500 MFA1 Acting Studio
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)

Plus Critical Studies Electives selected in consultation with the mentor.

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BFA Design and Production Course Requirements

Curricula for the Programs in Design and Production consist of classroom studies and hands-on studio and production work. Entering BFA students are required to complete a common set of foundation courses that cover aesthetics, theory, history, literature, graphics, technology and crafts. Transfer and upper-division undergraduates work with their mentors to create training programs tailored to each student's individual needs and interests. The curriculum for each métier area is highly individualized, with core program requirements serving as a framework for further studies customized to meet each student's goals and ambitions.

Upon graduation, successful BFA Design and Production candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical and cultural foundation of theatrical and arts practices, as well as knowledge of the contemporary arts landscape.
  • Effectively explain their work, and to present concepts skillfully in writing and through visual or aural communication.
  • Work professionally, responsibly and collaboratively within the challenges of a variety of projects while contributing a vibrant, creative voice.
  • Demonstrate a body of original work, created in the classroom and in production, which shows an expressive understanding of Design for Performance processes and a personal aesthetic platform upon which to build.
  • A demonstrable competency in the technological principles and techniques of the practiced area of specialization, along with ambition to innovatively explore new methods, materials and outcomes.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of allied theatrical disciplines (scenery, costume, lighting, sound, media) promoting an awareness of the complexity of problem-solving issues each may encounter, and the dissolution of conventional hierarchies.

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

In the first two years, the BFA core curriculum is structured to expose students to the fundamental concepts and skills used by theater artists, fostering a sustained dialogue between thinking and making. In keeping with the school's commitment to trans-disciplinary study, the core years are anchored in a series of project-driven Theater Studio Labs, in which students examine approaches to design thinking, visual communication, aesthetics, and exploring ideas of 'theater' as an expanded field.

First Year Core

  • At least 7 Studio Theater Labs from the following categories:
    • Experience Design (ex. Alphabet City, Word Robe, Kinetic Sculpture)
    • Theater Pilots (ex. Counter Balance, Magic: Performance of Illusion, Look at This)
    • Language of Design (ex. Light Lab, Creative Listening, Intimate ArchiteXture)
    • Creative Management (ex. More than Words, Script Detective)
  • Production Orientation
  • Métier Seminar (in area of student choice)
  • Production (in area of student's choice)
  • Conversations in Contemporary Theater
  • Electives include: Art History, Model-making, Costume Techniques

Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)

Second Year Core

  • Additional Studio Theater Labs (see above)
    Select from classes in:
    • Drawing and Digital Drawing
    • Interactive Media and Video
    • Puppetry and Object Performance
    • Métier Design Process & Techniques
  • Métier Seminar
  • Production (in area of student's choice)
  • Arts in Context: World Theater  Text
  • Electives
  • Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)

Third Year Advanced

  • Advanced Design and Special Topics Studios
  • Métier Seminar
  • Production (includes opportunities in Theater, Film/Video, Animation, and Dance)
  • Arts in Context: Performance Tactics, Arts and Activism, or Arts and Community
  • Electives
  • Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)

Fourth Year Advanced

  • Advanced Design and Special Topics Studios
  • Independent Study and/or Internship
  • Métier Seminar
  • Production (includes opportunities in Theater, Film/Video, Animation, and Dance)
  • Electives
  • Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)

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Métier Requirements: BFA Design and Production

BFA Curriculum achieved during 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years.

  • TAIC 300 Survey of World Theater-Text
  • TWNT 300 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
  • Three units selected with mentor from the following:
    • TAIC 305 Performance Tactics*
    • TAIC 310 Arts and Activism*
    • TAIC 315 Art and Community Engagement *
  • AIC Electives:
    • CHMN 238 Early Modernism
    • FAIC 430 History of Video Art*
    • AAIC 265 Modern Art History*
    • FAIC 400 Film Today*
    • AAIC 300 Visual Semiotics
    • DAIC 274 Dance History (fall)
    • TAIC 101 Architectural Styles (fall)
  • An appropriate Music or Film History class may be substituted

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BFA Costume Design

Sensitive to the art of performing, to the coordination of visual effects, to the expressions of the written and unwritten word, to the cultural anthropology of clothing, and to the techniques of manufacture, students undertake pre-professional studies in costume design, drawing and rendering, history, and related technologies.

Métier Requirements
  • TFND 195 Production Orientation
  • TFND 110, 115, 120, 125 Theater Studio Labs
  • TCOS 100, 101 Costume Techniques I
  • TCOS 200 Costume Design
  • TCOS 300, 301 Special Topics/Costume Design
  • TCOS 015-050 Workshops in Special Skills
  • TDAP 395 D&P Production (6 semesters)
  • TDAP 320 D&P Seminar
  • TCOS 499-498 Independent Study/Internship (2 semesters)
Recommended Electives
  • FVCA 110, 111 Life Drawing
  • FVCA 210, 211 Life Drawing II
  • FVCA 310, 410 Advanced Life Drawing
  • FCVA 130 Character Design I
  • TLTG 150 Light Lab: The Basic Principles
  • DCPL 101 Choreo/Performance Lab
  • TIMM 435 Flixus
  • TSCE 201 Scene Design I
  • Digital Drawing and Rendering Classes
  • Independent Studies and Internships
  • Graphic Design courses
  • Puppetry Courses
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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BFA Lighting Design

In a program committed to both artistry and technology, students gain a firm understanding of the lighting design process, from the development and articulation of a conceptual approach, to plot making, to the creation of the realized work onstage. They broaden their experience with additional projects in film, video, dance, and art.

Métier Requirements
  • TFND 195 Production Orientation
  • TFND 110, 115, 120, 125 Theater Studio Labs
  • TLTG 110 Master Electrician Techniques
  • TLTG 250 Light Lab: Theatrical Conventions
  • TLTG 210 Lighting Design I: Plot making
  • TLTG 215 Lighting Design I: The Design Process
  • TDAP 320 D&P Seminar
  • TIMM 360 Vectorworks
  • TDAP 395 D&P Production (6 semesters)
Recommended Electives
  • TSCE 201 Scene Design I
  • History of Film or Dance*
  • TTDI 105 Stagecraft
  • TMSM 200 Management Techniques
  • TLTG 470 Advanced Light Lab: Moving Lights for Music
  • TIMM 230 Shadow Puppetry
  • DCPL 101 Choreo/Performance Lab
  • TLTG 325 Environmental Lighting
  • TLTG 326 Art and Architectural Lighting
  • TLTG 425 Immersive Lighting Design
  • TLTG 426 The Business of Light
  • TLTG 330 Lighting the New Script
  • TLTG 499 Independent Study in Design or Technology
  • Immersive Environment Courses
  • Digital Drawing and Rendering Classes
  • Drawing Courses

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BFA Scene Design

Scene design, in providing a visual support to the dramatic form, is an integral part of the theater and is woven into the fundamental philosophies of modern performance practice. Students strive for the vision and imagination of a creative artist; the ingenuity and skills of a stage artisan; and the knowledge and sense of a performance director.

Métier Requirements
  • TFND 195 Production Orientation
  • TFND 110, 115, 120, 125 Theater Studio Labs
  • TSCE 110 Undergrad Techniques in Design
  • TSCE 201 Scene Design I
  • TSCE 300, 301 Special Topics in Scene Design
  • TDAP 320 D&P Seminar
  • TTDI 105 Stagecraft I
  • TIMM 315 AutoCad I
  • TDAP 395 D&P Production (6 semesters)
Recommended Electives

A minimum of 6 courses from the following:

  • TLTG 210, 215 Lighting Design I
  • Life Drawing, Character Animation
  • Painting, Color and Design. Sculpture
  • FVCA 140 Perspective
  • Puppetry
  • History of Film or Dance
  • Advanced Scene Painting
  • Special Topics in Scene Painting
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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BFA Sound Design

While integrating aesthetic concerns with scientific disciplines, the Sound Design program can stretch as far as each student's energy, inventions, and imagination allow. Students are urged to explore abundant projects and coursework throughout the institute.

Métier Requirements
  • TFND 195 Production Orientation
  • TFND 110, 115, 120, 125 Theater Studio Labs
  • TSND 201 Sound Design I
  • TDAP 320 D&P Seminar
  • TSND 355-359 Special Topics in Sound Design (offered in rotation)
  • TIMM 360 Vectorworks
  • TSND 340, 341 Creative Listening for the Sound Designer
  • TDAP 395 D&P Production (6 semesters)
  • TSND 460 Professional Sound Environments
  • TSND 430 Max Audio Programming
  • TSND 465 Acoustic Environments
Recommended Electives
  • FPFV 285 Production Sound
  • FPFV 286 Post-Production Sound
  • ICOM 111 Intro to Sound Production
  • MAIC 101 World Music Survey
  • Art-Making Electives
  • Music classes
  • History of Film or Dance*
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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BFA Stage Management

The BFA Stage Management program enables students to develop as artistic leaders and collaborative artists through project-based instruction in management, theatrical design, acting, directing, and stage craft. Emphasis is placed on developing strong communication and critical thinking skills, broad knowledge of the professional arts environment, and proficiency in the practical skills necessary for success in a variety of professional environments.

Métier Requirements

  • TFND 195 Production Orientation
  • TFND 110, 115, 120, 125 Theater Labs
  • TCPM 320 Undergraduate Stage Management Seminar (7 semesters)
  • TMSM 100 Basic Stage Management
  • TTDI 105 Stagecraft I
  • TIMM 165A, 165B, 165V Management Technologies (not taught every year)
  • TMSM 030 Voice & Speech for Stage Managers
  • TGEN 310 Institute Acting or TGEN 320 Institute Directing
  • TACT 130 Run Crew (2 semesters)
  • TCPM 395 Stage Management Production (minimum of 4 semesters)
  • TAIC 100 Conversations in Contemporary Theater
  • TAIC 300 Survey of World Theater  Text
    1 of the following:

    • TAIC 305 Performance Tactics
    • TAIC 310 Arts & Activism
    • TAIC 315 Arts & Community Engagement
Recommended Electives
  • DCPL 101 Choreo/Performance Lab
  • TMSM 050 Score Reading
  • TIMM 360 Vector Works
  • TMPR 440, 441 Film Producing and Management
  • TTDI 300 Fundamentals of Technical Direction
  • TIMM 442 F/V Pre-Production Planning
  • TGEN 450 Entrepreneurship (BFA4)
  • TGEN 360, 361 Improvisation
  • TGEN 275 Institute Producing
  • TMPR 405 Cultural Policy
  • TMPM 405 The Creative PM

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BFA Technical Direction

With a high degree of skill and creativity, students discover ways to utilize today's changing technology. They take the lead in the creation of new art and technologies, and exhibit a level of professionalism that meets or exceeds the growing demands of the theater/entertainment industries and the field of technical direction.

Métier Requirements
  • TFND 195 Production Orientation
  • TFND 110, 115 120, 125 Theater Studio Labs
  • TTDI 305 Advanced Stagecraft
  • TIMM 315 AutoCAD I
  • TIMM 325 AutoCAD II
  • TTDI 300 Fundamentals of Technical Direction
  • TTDI 425 Tech Mgt Style & Technique
  • TSCM 225 Statical Engineering*
  • ICOM301 Digital Fabrication
  • TDAP 320 D&P Seminar
  • TDAP 395 D&P Production (6 semesters)
  • TTDI 410 Parametric Drafting
  • TTDI 450 Rigging
Recommended Electives
  • TIMM 360 Vectorworks
  • TLTG 210 Lighting Design: Plotmaking
  • TLTG 215 Lighting Design: The Design Process
  • ICOM 101 Digital Media and Web Development
  • CSCM 262 Science of Art & Life Safety*
  • TTDI 310 Working Metal
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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MFA Design and Production Course Requirements

The MFA degrees in Design and Production require three years of full-time study. An evaluation will be made at the end of the first year of study to determine the remainder of the student's curriculum, based on the faculty's evaluation of the student's work and the goals of the particular student. The graduate curriculum for each program is highly individualized, with the core requirements serving as a framework for further studies customized to meet each student's goals and ambitions.

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MFA Costume Design Program

By graduation, MFA Costume Design students will be able to:

  • Articulate critical and conceptual goals and ideas verbally, visually and in writing.
  • Budget money, resources and time within the parameters of a given production;
  • Function as a leader of artistic and technical teams in their area of specialization and to be proactive in the process of collaboration on any given project or production;
  • Demonstrate a mastery of global contemporary language of the arts and performing arts and the ability to engage in interdisciplinary practice; and
  • Exhibit a distinct, original, personal voice and defining aesthetic, as evidenced in production work and an outstanding portfolio.
Métier Requirements
  • TCOS 510, 511 MFA 1 Costume Design
  • TCOS 540, 541 Historical Patterning
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TSCE 545 Design Methodology
  • TCOS 660, 661 Open Dress
  • TCOS 710 Open Studio
  • TCOS 730 Graduate Closure
  • TIMM 640 Digital Rendering
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar (4 semesters)
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production (4 semesters)
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives
  • TWFP 550 Playwright's Lab I
  • TSCE 650 Production Design
  • TDIR 503 Transforming Text
  • TDIR 520, 521 Cinematic Elixirs
  • TSCE 600, 601 Special Topics in Design
  • TCOS 512, 515, 521-535 Workshop in Special Skills
  • TGEN 750 Entrepreneurship
  • Life Drawing Courses
  • Video Courses
  • Art or Character Animation Courses
  • Immersive Environment Courses
  • Puppetry Courses

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MFA Lighting Design Program

By the time they graduate, MFA Lighting Design students will be able to:

  • Have a complete command of the theatrical lighting design process including the ability to:
    • Construct and articulate a conceptual approach and presentation skills
    • Create the required drafting, renderings and technical schedules
    • Construct budgets, schedules and contracts
    • Effectively communicate and collaborate with production teams
    • Analyze and critique performed work with cultural and historical contexts.
  • Apply the ability to consider the physiological and psychological effects of light and other scientific principles of phenomenology.
  • Apply knowledge of the architectural lighting design process, including immersive and environmental lighting design.
  • Apply knowledge and practice with intelligent lighting, moving light consoles and other state of the art technology for use in the theater and concert stages.
  • Produce original and artistic work reflected in a professional level design portfolio.
Métier Requirements
  • TLTG 525 Theatrical Techniques
  • TLTG 625 Environmental Lighting
  • TLTG 626 Art and Architectural Lighting
  • TLTG 725 Immersive Lighting Design
  • TLTG 726 The Business of Light
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar
  • TLTG 670 Moving Light Lab/Lighting for Music
  • TIMM 560 Vectorworks
  • TIMM 615 AutoCAD
  • TIMM 650 Cinema 4D
  • TIMM 640 Digital Rendering
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TSCE 545 Design Methodology
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives
  • TSCE 505 Techniques of Design
  • TWFP 550 Playwright's Lab
  • TSCE 600, 601 Special Topics in Design
  • TSCE 700 Open Studio
  • TDIR 503 Transforming Text
  • TTDI 650 Rigging
  • Film & Video courses
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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MFA Scene Design Program

Students who complete the MFA Scene Design Program will be able to:

  • Display a personal artistic vision: the culmination of exploration through historical and current theory with the expressed intention of discovering new forms, theory, and means of expression.
  • Develop aesthetic sophistication through studying theory across a range of disciplines (e.g. music composition, performance theory, directing and semiotics).
  • Imagine all aspects of live performance as a collaborative process through collective analysis.
  • Engage in self-critique and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate a diversity of ideas through interdisciplinary and collaborative practices.
  • Practice an expanded means of expression, including performance practice, model making, drafting, painting, drawing and use of new media.
  • Work authentically, originally, at risk—to navigate the complexities of working within established art making structures at the same time using their voice to create new structures.
Métier Requirements
  • TSCE 505 Techniques of Design
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TSCE 545 Design Methodology
  • TSCE 600, 601 Special Topics in Design
  • TSCE 700 Open Studio
  • TSCE 750 Graduate Closure
  • TIMM 640 Digital Rendering
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production (4 semesters)
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar (4 semesters required)
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives
  • TADP 550, 551 Advanced Scene Painting
  • TTDI 550 Art and Manipulation of Scenic Materials
  • TIMM 560 Vectorworks I or
  • TIMM 575 Vectorworks II or
  • TIMM 615 AutoCAD
  • TIMM 650 Cinema 4D
  • TWFP 550 Playwright's Lab I
  • TSCE 650 Production Design
  • TDIR 503 Transforming Text
  • TDIR 520 Cinematic Elixirs
  • Life Drawing
  • Video, Art or Character Animation Courses
  • Puppetry Courses
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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MFA Applied Arts (A two-year MFA): Scenic Art, Art Direction, Visual Communication

Students completing the program will be able to:

  • Acquire skills and creativity in a wide range of scenic painting and drawing techniques used in the industry today, including applied 3-D textures, faux finishes, translucent backdrops, opaque backdrops, large format drawing and cartooning, landscape painting, portraiture, pneumatic spray gun, non-traditional materials and tools, tromp l'oeil, fine art and architecture history.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the craft, processes, and management of art direction for a variety of media. Some of these processes include development of overall visual appearance, translation of moods and messages and bringing underdeveloped ideas into images.
  • Demonstrate competency in digital rendering and drafting (Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, InDesign, AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks)
  • Display management and leadership skills that demonstrate the ability to schedule and organize work to achieve the artistic goals within time and budget constraints - including scheduling and supervision of scenic paint crews, working collaboratively with the designer, production manager, technical director and other members of the production and design team; and, mastery of the principles of budget development, including labor and materials estimates.
  • Apply knowledge of proper maintenance procedures of designated shop spaces, and to use safe and healthy practices in conjunction with manufacturer's product information and MSDS.
  • Apply sophisticated research, communication and presentation skills needed to understand and support a project concept.
  • Present a professional portfolio and website.
  • Develop a professional network, using guest artist presentations and workshops along with industry contacts to develop conceptual understanding and a broad range of professional applications.
Métier Requirements
  • TIMM 560 Vectorworks
  • TIMM 615 AutoCAD
  • TIMM 640, 641 Digital Rendering
  • TADP 500 Scene Painting I
  • TADP 550, 551, 650, 651 Advanced Scene Painting (each semester)
  • TADP 600 Art Direction I
  • TADP 610 Art Direction II
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production (4 semesters)
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar (each semester )
  • TADP 560, 660 Special Topics
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays or equivalent elective
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance or equivalent elective
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives

Selected in consultation with the mentor:

  • TLTG 550 Light Lab
  • FVCA 510 Advanced Life Drawing
  • FVCA 540 Perspective I
  • TSCE 650 Production Design
  • TSCE 545 Design Methodology
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TSCE 505 Techniques of Design
  • TVID 500, 501 Integrating Video and Live Performance
  • TTDI 505 Advanced Stagecraft
  • Character Animation and Film courses
  • Art School Painting courses
  • Art History courses
  • Additional D&P courses as advised
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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MFA Interactive Media for Performance Specialization

Students who complete the MFA Interactive Media for Performance Specialization will be able to:

  • Create generative work in live situations - including, but not limited to, performance, interactive time-based visual art, and new forms of electronically-mediated narrative.
  • Display a personal artistic vision and process. Explore methods of its expression, drawing from historical and current theory, with the intention of discovering new forms, theories, and means of expression.
  • Demonstrate a diversity of ideas through interdisciplinary, collaborative practices and collective analysis.
  • Demonstrate an advanced skill set and means of expression, including performance practice, software, hardware, drafting, drawing, and the use of new media.
  • Work authentically, originally, and at risk to navigate the complexities of working within established art making structures while simultaneously striving to create new structures.
Métier Requirements
  • TVID 500, 501 Integrating Video and Live Performance
  • TVID 600 Moving Images in New Performative Environments
  • TVID 605 Architectural Projection
  • TVID 610 Video Installation
  • TVID 615 Living Room Interactive
  • TVID 505 Video Programming: Isadora
  • TVID 510 Video Programming: Jitter
  • TVID 515 Motion Graphics: After Effects
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TIMM 640 Digital Rendering
  • TIMM 650 Cinema 4D
  • TIMM 651 Advanced Cinema 4D
  • TVID 653 Unity Game Engine
  • TVID 652 Unity Game Engine: Prog.C#
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design (MFA1)
  • TSCE 545 Design Methodology (MFA1)
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Selected in consultation with the mentor, including:
  • TVID 612 Advanced Jitter
  • TVID 650 Advanced Video for Performance Lab
  • TVID 680 Professional Video Environments
  • Immersive Environment Courses

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MFA Sound Design Program

Upon graduation, an MFA Sound Designer will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of current technology and standard practices used in sound for theater, film and television.
  • Read, edit, and create music in multiple styles.
  • Analyze a script and put it in a historical and social context.
  • Collaborate and communicate/explain ideas effectively and diplomatically.
  • Explain aural symbolism—how sounds and musical styles generate images or impressions upon an audience.
  • Invent new, unique ways of using technology to solve specific challenges.
  • Demonstrate a complete command of the sound design process, including construction of a conceptual approach, creating the required drafting and paperwork, and clearly mounting designs.
Métier Requirements
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar
  • TSND 640 Creative Listening
  • TSND 665 Special Topics in Sound Design: Script Analysis
  • TSND 656 Special Topics in Sound Design: Gear
  • TSND 657 Special Topics in Sound Design: Professional Practices and Paperwork
  • TSND 658 Special Topics in Sound Design: Digital Delivery Systems: Mixing and Programming
  • TSND 659 Special Topics in Sound Design: Themed Entertainment
  • TSND 760 Professional Sound Environments
  • TSND 765 Acoustic Environments for Performance
  • TIMM 560 Vectorworks
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design (MFA1)
  • TSCE 545 Design Methodology (MFA1)
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives
  • FPFV 585 Production Sound
  • FPFV 587 Post-Production Sound
  • MTEC 668 Intro to Sound Production
  • MHST 602 20th Century Intersections
  • TTDI 650 Rigging
  • Music History, Art History, Art Making Electives, Video Courses, Immersive Environment Courses, Integrated Media Courses

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MFA Technical Direction Program

By graduation, the MFA Technical Direction student will:

  • With a high degree of skill and creativity, utilize today's changing technology.
  • Exhibit a level of professionalism that meets or exceeds the demands of the growing theater/entertainment
  • industries and the field of technical direction.
  • Take the lead in the creation of new art and technologies.
  • Be able to respond critically and constructively, both verbally and in writing, to scripts and performances.
  • Explore interdisciplinary practices and engage in multiple aspects of art making
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global aesthetics and performance history.
  • Work within collaborative processes, which are open, imaginative and ethically-balanced.
Métier Requirements
  • TDAP 620 D&P Seminar
  • TTDI 505 Advanced Stagecraft
  • TTDI 510 Welding I
  • TTDI 525, 526 Statical Engineering
  • TTDI 560Technical Design
  • TTDI 575 The Stagecraft of Illusion
  • TTDI 500 Fundamentals of Technical Direction I
  • TTDI 600 Fundamentals of Technical Direction II
  • TIMM 615 AutoCAD I
  • TIMM 625 AutoCAD II
  • TTDI 710 Parametric Drafting
  • TTDI 625 Technical Management: Style and Technique
  • TTDI 650 Rigging
  • TDAP 695 D&P Production
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives
  • TTDI 550 Art and Manipulation of Scenic Materials
  • TTDI 610 Working Metal
  • TIMM 560 Vectorworks
  • TLTG 550 Light Lab
  • TSND 511 Sound Lab
  • TSND 611 Sound Design I
  • TLTG 510, 515 Lighting Design I
  • TMPM 500 Management for Theater
  • TMPR 500 Foundations of Creative Producing
  • TVID 505 Video Programming: Isadora
  • TIMM 710 Commercial Content Development and Production

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Creative Producing and Management

MFA Stage Management Specialization

Students who complete the MFA Stage Management specialization will display:

  • Confidence as creative leaders who set a positive tone and energize the production process
  • The ability to foster collaboration and nourish creativity
  • The skill to communicate ideas and challenges in a way that generates creative and practical solutions
  • Master of the practical skills necessary to succeed in the professional environment
  • Mature and sophisticated interpersonal skills and a well-developed sense of self
  • Openness to new ideas and an appetite for knowledge
Métier Requirements
  • TMSM 500, 501 Graduate Management Seminar
  • TMSM 540 Theatrical Unions
  • TCPM 620 Stage Management Seminar (6 semesters)
  • TCPM 695 Stage Management Production (5 semesters)
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Management Electives
  • TMPR 540, 541 Film Producing and Management
  • TIMM 642 F/V Pre-Production Planning
  • TMPM 505 Production Management II
  • TMPR 500, 501 Foundations of Creative Producing
  • TMPM 630, 631 Leadership and Management
  • TMPR 660 Law for the Arts
  • TGEN 750 Entrepreneurship
  • TMPM 635 Production Budgeting
  • TMPR 705 Special Topics in Producing
  • TMPR 505 Cultural Policy

Additional electives in consultation with mentor.

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MFA Production Management Specialization

Students who complete the MFA Production Management specialization will:

  • Be well adapted, highly motivated individuals with a solid foundation of values, principles and philosophies.
  • Have a well-developed sense of self and be able to appreciate who they are as individuals and how they interact with peers and colleagues.
  • Understand how to foster collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Understand the fundamentals necessary to "read people" and develop a modality of "engaging" to achieve the best relationship.
  • Possess the skills and the flexibility to work in a wide range of disciplines, with an awareness of the field, aesthetically, politically and globally.
  • Be imbued with an understanding of the ideas and practices of leadership and management and be able to fully engage as managers in the entertainment industry in general and in project management specifically.
  • Be able identify, anticipate and take steps to prevent problems and identify possible solutions to challenges that may exist.
  • Develop the technical knowledge necessary to manage a technical process with artists and craftspeople
Métier Requirements
  • TMPM 510A The Beginning
  • TMPM 510B The Philosophy of Process – Sun Tzu
  • TMPM 505A The Creative PM
  • TMPM 505B The Professional CPM
  • TMPM 630 Leadership and Management
  • TCPM Production Management Seminar (5 semesters)
  • TMPM 635 Production Budgeting
  • TMPR 660 Law for the Arts
  • TMSM 540 Theatrical Unions
  • TCPM 695 Creative Producing and Management Production
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TMPM 798 Graduate Internship
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every Spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives

Electives selected in consultation with the mentor.

  • TTDI 600 Fundamentals of Technical Direction I
  • TIMM 560 Vectorworks (or TIMM 615 AutoCAD w/permission)
  • TIMM 565A, 565B, 565C Management Technologies
  • TMPR 615 Business of Theater
  • TMPR 500, 501 Foundations of Creative Producing
  • TSCE 510 Performance by Design
  • TDIR 503 Transforming Text
  • TGEN 750 Entrepreneurship
  • TMPR 630 Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • TIMM 705 Art of Themed & Immersive Entertainment
  • TIMM 642 F/V Pre-Production Planning
  • TMPM 799 Independent Study in Production Management
  • Lighting courses
  • Interdisciplinary courses
  • TD or Prop courses

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MFA Producing Specialization

Students who complete the MFA Producing specialization will:

  • Demonstrate mature and increasingly sophisticated leadership skills, while growing in self-awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Possess necessary practical skills, such as budgeting, marketing, grant writing, contracts and negotiation, public speaking and facilitation.
  • Exhibit creative and independent thinking, problem-solving, and use of resources.
  • Have the ability to extrapolate linear information from non-linear circumstances.
  • Have experienced a variety of aesthetic and practical approaches that challenge and expand their awareness of the infinite possibilities and permutations of theatre making.
  • Demonstrate an evolved personal aesthetic and an avid interest in new artists, audiences, and methodologies.
Métier Requirements
  • TMPR 500 Foundations of Creative Producing
  • TCPM 620 Creative Producing and Management Seminar (5 semesters)
  • TCPM 650 Creative Producing Studio (2 semesters)
  • TMPM 635 Production Budgeting 
  • TMPR 615 Business of Theater
  • TMPR 660 Law for the Arts
  • TMPR 510 Arts Marketing
  • TMPR 630 Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • TMPR ___ Contracts
  • TMPR___Accounting
  • THST 500 Interpretive Strategies for Plays
  • THST 501 Interpretive Strategies for Performance
  • TCPM 695 Producing Production (5 semesters)
  • TMPR 798 Graduate Internship
  • TMPR 799 Independent Study: Thesis Project
  • TWNT 600 Winter Session (every spring that it is offered)
Recommended Electives
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Performance by Design
  • Dramaturgy
  • Voice and Speech
  • Special Topics: Talent Management, Festival Producing, Touring, Immersive and Site-Specific Producing, Film and TV Producing, Databases and other Technology
  • Transforming Text

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