Barnes, Dr. Noreen C.
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre
Theatre, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Fall only for costume and scene design
Any semester for theatre pedagogy
May 1 for fall
Please see www.vcu.edu/arts/prospective_students/graduate_studies for details on the application process.
The Department of Theatre offers intensive Master of Fine Arts degree programs in two tracks, the professional theatre degree track and the theatre pedagogy degree track. The professional degree program is offered in the areas of scenic design and costume design, to prepare designers for careers in regional repertory theatre and commercial production companies. The M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy Program is individually tailored to prepare the student to enter the field of teaching at the university or college level. Areas of concentration can be chosen from acting, directing, scene design, costume design, voice and speech, movement and choreography, and dramatic literature and dramaturgy.
The Master of Fine Arts program is based on the philosophy that the nature of theatre requires the creative collaboration of all theatre artists working together. All share the responsibility of solving problems related to planning, preparation and realization of productions.
For general department information, visit www.vcu.edu/arts/areas_of_study/graduate_programs.html.
The M.F.A. degree prepares students to enter either the professional field of design, or to teach at the college or university level. Students will demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in their areas of focus, as well as in the core courses in history, literature and theory; and in teaching performance or production. They will be evaluated on their ability to teach undergraduates, a final thesis project, and approval of a professional-quality design, presentation or publishable article.