Theatre Studies - M.A. and M.F.A.
|DESCRIPTION:||The Master of Arts in Theatre Studies, offers advanced work in theatre that will represent mastery of the field in general and of a specific area of theatre as well. The research and writing skills stressed in this track are intended to prepare the student, who so elects, to define and pursue a terminal degree.
The Master of Fine Arts, normally a three-year course of study, is offered in acting and in design/technology (with concentrations in costume design, scenic design, lighting design and technical direction).
The acting concentration includes a returning professional’s track in which students can receive credit for professional work previously completed as fulfillment of Kent State University course requirements (substitutions require course enrollment for credit). The M.F.A. is a terminal degree designed for those who intend to pursue a career in the profession as a creative artist or theatre technologist.
Acting Concentration prepares students who demonstrate a high degree of artistic potential and intellectual ability to enter the profession as practitioners. Intense practical training and scholarly activity culminate in a thesis project designed to measure the achievement of significant competence as artists and masters of their craft.
Design/Technology(Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, Technical Direction) prepares students who are seriously interested in achieving the artistry and skills necessary to qualify as practicing professionals in the entertainment industry and/or professional theatre educators.
|M.A.: Official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, a statement of career goals, a writing sample, and GRE scores.
M.F.A.: Official transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, a résume, and audition (Acting) or portfolio review (Design/Technology). The M.F.A. requires a 3.0 GPA (GRE if GPA is below 3.0).
|M.A.: Curricular advising will be provided by the coordinator of graduate studies or area head prior to first enrollment. Unless they have successfully completed an equivalent course, Master of Arts students must take Introduction to Graduate Study (THEA 61000) during their first semester. Program requirements for the two-year program may be completed via one of the following options, which the student will elect in consultation with an advisor, chosen during the first semester in residence:
THEA 60992 and THEA 61992 may be completed in one of three ways (all require the advisor’s approval): (1) an internship with the Porthouse Theatre Company and an internship with another professional theatre company; or (2) internships with two professional theatre companies; or (3) two internships with the Porthouse Theatre Company.
All internships require an exit document by the on-site supervisor summarizing the duties performed, skill level attained and quality of the student’s internship work. Where possible, internships should be undertaken during the summer. Absence on internship during a semester requires prior approval by the Graduate Studies Committee.
M.F.A. Thesis Project (Design/Technology): Students in design/technology begin the M.F.A. thesis project by presenting a two-page proposal to the advisor requesting that a specific design or project be accepted as the thesis project topic, and identifying a thesis project committee, consisting of a minimum of three graduate faculty, including the student’s academic advisor. When deemed in submissive form, the advisor will present the proposed topic to the graduate faculty in the area of concentration. When approved by the graduate faculty in the area, the advisor will submit the proposal to the graduate coordinator for circulation to the Graduate Studies Committee and will present the thesis project topic to them as scheduled. The approval of this committee shall be final and a Notification of Approved M.F.A. Thesis Project Topic form will be filed with the school and the college. The student may then enroll in THEA 60199 for the semester in which the project will be undertaken.
As soon as the thesis project has been completed, the student will prepare and submit the thesis project paper or components to the advisor in accordance with regulations specified in the school’s description of the M.F.A. Thesis Project Paper (available from the coordinator of graduate studies) and in the College Style Guide. When both are satisfied, the paper will be circulated to the members of the student’s thesis project committee. When the committee deems the work is in appropriate form, it will be made available to members of the graduate faculty in the school and presented at a public meeting. Upon successful completion of these procedures, the Report of Completion of M.F.A. Thesis Project will be signed and the thesis project placed in the student’s file and deposited in the college office.
M.F.A. Comprehensive Project (Acting): Students in acting begin the comprehensive project during the second semester of study by identifying a graduate faculty advisor in the acting area. Each of the three roles in which the student is cast (from this point to the conclusion of the project) is presented to the area with the student’s rationale that the role is challenging, significant and relevant to serve as part of the comprehensive project. The student will register for THEA 61309 M.F.A. Comprehensive Project for each role approved. The process is then documented in a format appropriate for the project and presented by the faculty advisor. After each role, the student will meet with the acting area for assessment and evaluation. Upon completion of the third role, the student will compile all appropriate documentation and create a comprehensive project summary to be approved by the acting area. After approval, the comprehensive project summary will be presented to the Graduate Studies Committee. The approval of this committee shall be final and the project summary shall be housed in the school office.
Students in the returning professional track in acting focus upon one task for the M.F.A. comprehensive project, approved according to the topic proposal and specified area of research and creativity. The returning professional project completion process follows the process outlined above. The advisor will clarify what documentation is appropriate for each project.
|RESIDENCY:||M.F.A.: Students are required to remain in residence for the three years needed to complete the program (excluding, if appropriate, the internship). At a minimum, acting students must audition for all main stage productions and accept the roles assigned to them, and design/technology students must complete one production assignment and work on one other production per semester. Students may not undertake any work outside the School of Theatre and Dance without petitioning the appropriate area faculty and receiving written permission prior to auditioning/interviewing. (Returning professionals in acting are exempt from this requirement but need to keep the school advised of absences.)|
|M.A.: Students may take the Thesis option or the Non-Thesis Option. The Thesis option includes 6 hours of Thesis I (THEA 61199) and Thesis II (THEA 61299). A description of the thesis process may be obtained from the school.
M.F.A.: Students in the program must successfully complete a Comprehensive Project (Performance) or M.F.A. Thesis Project (Production) to demonstrate mastery of skills and artistry commensurate with entrance into the profession. The scope of the project will be determined and reviewed by the area of specialty and may be fulfilled within the School of Theatre and Dance, through Porthouse and/or professional production assignments. The Comprehensive Project will consist of performance or exhibition of work, documentation of that work in a format appropriate for each area and project, and an exit interview.
|ACCREDITATION:||National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)|
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