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

Program Contact Information

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

Department Contact Information

Department AddressTexas Tech University
School of Theatre and Dance
Box 42061
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.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.

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 following items will be needed for the application: three letters of recommendation (preferably from sources in the area of theatre); a current resume; GRE scores (Design applicants are exempt); a writing sample (minimum of 750 words) preferably about an aspect of theatre; and a statement of purpose for graduate studies. In the statement of purpose, elaborate on your academic interests and goals specific to the program of study you wish to pursue; briefly describe the aspects of your background relevant to your interest in applying to this program (this might include your undergraduate studies, and any other graduate study or relevant professional work if applicable); discuss why the program at Texas Tech interests you and how heard about it; and how you plan to utilize your degree after graduation. Additional application requirements are outlined under the heading PREVIOUS WORK INSTRUCTIONS below.

Prior Degree Required: Yes

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: No

Previous Work Sample Required: Yes

Previous Work Instructions: 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). PLAYWRITING candidates provide a ten page sample of a representative work. DESIGN candidates submit a portfolio of design work (slides, DVD, websites or photographs in portfolio format). Original renderings not required. ARTS ADMINISTRATION candidates must interview with the Head of Arts Administration, preferably in person.

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Admission Deadlines

Graduate School Deadlines

Domestic deadlines

For domestic applicants, there is no specific Graduate Admissions deadline, although we encourage domestic applicants to apply at least three (3) months in advance of the semester to which they want to apply.

International Deadlines

For international applicants, we have the following priority deadlines:

International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
January 15June 15January 15January 15

International applications and materials may be submitted after the deadline, but this may significantly delay the processing and evaluation of your application.

Departmental Deadlines

Domestic deadlines

US Fall Deadlines US Spring Deadlines US Sum I Deadlines US Sum II Deadlines
July 01December 01May 01June 01

International Deadlines

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

***Note :

The department application deadlines may be different from the Graduate School application deadlines. You must apply by the earliest deadline listed to guarantee that your application will be processed for the semester you are applying for.

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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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