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Degree : Master of Fine Arts

Major : Theatre Arts

Program Description

Please read carefully for directions specific to your program of choice, either Arts Administration, Design, Performance and Pedagogy, and Playwriting. The Arts Administration program trains leaders and advocates in the field of theatre management/arts administration and includes a blend of theory and practice. It serves those interested in working in the diverse areas of the non-profit arts. The MFA in Design program prepares students either for work in the professional theatre or for faculty positions in the theatre arts. Our program focuses on the well-rounded designer: after completing a core consisting of design classes in each area, students focus on the design area of their choosing, resulting in a program that is tailored to each students talents and interests. Combining the scholarship of the classroom with the practical of realized productions, each student in the MFA Design program is expected to have a major design role each semester, one of which ultimately will be his or her thesis project. The MFA in Performance and Pedagogy is designed to prepare students either for work in the professional theatre or for faculty positions in theatre arts. Some entering students think of themselves primarily as directors, as actors, and as educators, but in keeping with our departments philosophy, which urges us to pierce through boundaries, all of our graduates will be trained and educated in each area. Students may opt to write a traditional thesis or to fulfill the requirement with a thesis project. Every student will direct a project for public performance. The MFA in Playwriting immerses the students in a rich learning environment that balances rigorous academic scholarship with a strong focus on theatre production. In addition to classroom instruction and workshops, MFA students have multiple opportunities to see their work on stage before live audiences. Opportunities include our annual Raider Reds One-Act Play Spectacular (RROAPS), raw as well as fully staged productions on our Lab Theatre stage, and our cutting edge WildWind Performance Laboratory each summer.

Program Additional Details

Hours Required for Thesis: 60
Hours Required for Non-Thesis: 60
Mode-On Campus(Face-to-Face): Yes
Mode-Off Campus(Online): No
Mode-Hybrid: No

Additional Links

Arts Administration : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/docs/GraduateHandbook_vOCT14.pdf#page=18
Design : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/docs/GraduateHandbook_vOCT14.pdf#page=19
Performance and Pedagogy (Thesis) : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/docs/GraduateHandbook_vOCT14.pdf#page=20
Performance and Pedagogy (Thesis Project) : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/docs/GraduateHandbook_vOCT14.pdf#page=21
Playwriting : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/docs/GraduateHandbook_vOCT14.pdf#page=22

Program Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator: Cory Norman
E-mail: cory.norman@ttu.edu
Phone: 806.834.6761

Department Contact Information

Department AddressDepartment of Theatre and Dance // Box 42061 // Texas Tech University // Lubbock
TX 79409-2601
Phone Number 806.834.6761
Fax Number 806.742.1338
Department Website http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/

Graduate Catalog http://www.depts.ttu.edu/theatreanddance/docs/GraduateHandbook_vOCT14.pdf

Admission Requirements Admission Deadlines How To Apply Test Score Requirements Additional Requirements for International Students

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Requirements

Program Requirements

Letters of Recommendation required: 3

Recommendation Letter Instructions: 3 letters of recommendation, preferably from sources in the area of theatre. Letters should come directly from senders, not the candidate, either by post or electronically.

Resume Required: Yes

Writing Samples Required: Yes

Writing Sample Instructions: An academic writing sample on a theatre-related topic (750 word minimum).

Departmental Application Required: Yes

Departmental Application Instructions: The Department requires materials to be sent directly to the department Graduate Admissions Coordinator. These items include three letters of recommendation, a resumé, an academic writing sample, a statement of purpose for graduate studies at TTU, GRE scores (Design applicants are exempt), and transcripts from previous institutions. In addition, students applying for the MFA in Arts Administration are required to interview with the Head of Arts Administration (ideally in person). Design students must provide a portfolio of design work (websites, DVDs, slides or photographs, not original renderings). Performance and Pedagogy students must audition on site (preferred) or submit a DVD or online audition (two contrasting monologues and an optional song). Playwriting students must submit a ten page sample of a representative work.

Prior Degree Required: Yes

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: No

Previous Work Sample Required: Yes

Previous Work Instructions: MFA Performance and Pedagogy candidates perform an on campus audition (preferred) or submit a DVD or online submission of two contrasting audition pieces and a song (song is optional). MFA Playwriting candidates provide a ten page sample of a representative work. MFA Design candidates submit a portfolio of design work (slides, DVD, websites or photographs in portfolio format). Original renderings not required. MFA Arts Administration candidates must interview with the Head of Arts Administration, preferably in person.

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Admission Deadlines

The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not have a specific deadline for domestic applications; we strongly recommend that you have all of the required application materials in by the date listed below.

US Fall Deadlines US Spring Deadlines US Sum I Deadlines US Sum II Deadlines
March 01October 15May 01June 01

We will do our best to process applications and materials from international students that are received after the deadline, however we cannot guarantee that your application evaluation will be complete in enough time for a decision to be made by your prospective academic department.

International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
February 15July 15February 15February 15

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How To Apply

1) Apply to Graduate School : Fill out the online application at Apply Texas.

2) Pay your application fee: $60 initial application fee, $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program, or readmission). Application fees may be paid via ApplyTexas at the time of application submission or by credit card on our website.

3) Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in your prospective department. Many departments have separate application requirements and deadlines, and the Graduate Program Coordinator will be able to assist you in your application process.

4) Send application requirements, from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to Texas Tech University Graduate School.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030
Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Contact Information for Graduate School

If you have any questions about your application, call (806) 742-2781 or email: graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.
To check your application status, please check Raiderlink.

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Test Score Requirements

If both GRE and GMAT are listed as required, either are acceptable.

Yes Not Required

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Additional Requirements for International Students

These are the minimal English language proficiency scores. For a list of English proficiency exempt countries, please visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/international/exempt-countries.php.


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