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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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).
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).
See Center for Integrated Media curriculum.
By graduation, all Acting students should exhibit the following:
Via consultation with your mentor, suggested electives are offered within the School of Theater and throughout the Institute, subject to availability and permission of listed instructor.
By the time they graduate, Directing students will exhibit:
Additional classes to be determined in consultation with the mentor.
By the time students graduate they will:
Plus Critical Studies Electives selected in consultation with the mentor.
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:
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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.
In a specialization 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.
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.
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.
The BFA Stage Management specialization enables students to develop as artistic leaders and collaborative artists through project-based instruction in management, theatrical design, acting, directing, and stagecraft. 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.
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.
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.
By graduation, MFA Costume Design students will be able to:
By the time they graduate, MFA Lighting Design students will be able to:
Students who complete the MFA Scene Design Program will be able to:
Students completing the program will be able to:
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Students who complete the MFA Interactive Media for Performance Specialization will be able to:
Upon graduation, an MFA Sound Designer will be able to:
By graduation, the MFA Technical Direction student will:
Students who complete the MFA Stage Management specialization will display:
Students who complete the MFA Production Management specialization will:
Students who complete the MFA Producing specialization will: