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Theatre Arts

College of the Arts

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Theatre Arts - Graduate Programs

Option in Acting (code THEAMF01)

Option in Technical Theatre/Design (code THEAMF02)

Option in Theatre Management (code THEAMF03)

Option in Dramatic Writing (code THEAMF04)

Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management (code THEAMZ01)

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts is the terminal degree offering the professional training deemed necessary by the major Theatre Arts Schools in the United States.

All students admitted to the MFA program are members of California Repertory Company and are subject to the operating procedures of the company. CalRep, the professional arm of the Theatre Arts Department, prepares and performs plays from the canon of international dramatic literature.

MFA Transfer and Residence Policy

Transfer credit allowable toward the MFA may not exceed 20 units. The Graduate Advisor must approve all transferred credit use in the MFA Program.

Criteria for Admission to the Program

1. Students applying for the MFA program must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Theatre Arts from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in upper-division theatre courses, meet University admission requirements, and submit evidence of creative ability and professional intent in one of the following areas: Acting, Technical Theatre/Design, Theatre Management, Dramatic Writing;

2. When an undergraduate degree has been completed in a program having different requirements than those at CSULB or in some field other than Theatre Arts, additional preparation and time may be required before the student can be considered for classified status in the degree program. Units of credit from coursework in a graduate program may be acceptable after review by the faculty evaluation committee, and approval by the Dean;

3. Admission to the program in Acting requires audition, profeffional resume, and interview. Admission to the program in Technical Theatre/Design requires interview and/or submission of original work such as manuscripts, designs, renderings, slides, digital images, models and/or working drawings;

4. All students admitted into the MFA program will be admitted as conditionally classified. In order to obtain fully classified status, a committee from the Theatre Arts faculty must authorize continuation in the program after evaluating academic progress, individual skills development, and review of performance or portfolio at the end of the student's first full year of residence.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Attain fully classified status;

2. Remove all undergraduate deficiencies determined by the departmental evaluation and the Dean of the College;

3. Submit a program for approval by the department chair, the graduate advisor and the Dean of the College.

Requirements

The MFA degree is a 60-unit degree requiring full time residency. The options share a common core of courses. The remainder of courses offer the opportunity further to develop artistic skills in particular options. The program culminates in a major creative project and written project report.

Option in Acting (code THEAMF01)

The Acting option requires work in voice, movement, and process each semester. Process classes explore a wide range of acting styles. Ongoing performances in public presentations are required. 60 units required.

  • Take all of the following:
    • THEA 517 Repertory Theatre I (4)
    • THEA 518 Repertory Theatre II (4)
    • THEA 519 Repertory Theatre III (4)
    • THEA 520A Voice I (2)
    • THEA 520B Voice I (2)
    • THEA 521A Voice II (2)
    • THEA 521B Voice II (2)
    • THEA 522A Voice III (2)
    • THEA 522B Voice III (2)
    • THEA 523 Theory/Practice of Contemporary Theatre (3)
    • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    • THEA 530A Acting in Repertory I (2)
    • THEA 530B Acting in Repertory I (2)
    • THEA 531A Acting in Repertory II (2)
    • THEA 531B Acting in Repertory II (2)
    • THEA 532A Acting in Repertory III (2)
    • THEA 532B Acting in Repertory III (2)
    • THEA 564A Movement I (2)
    • THEA 564B Movement I (2)
    • THEA 565A Movement II (2)
    • THEA 565B Movement II (2)
    • THEA 566A Movement III (2)
    • THEA 566B Movement III (2)
    • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)
    • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (3)

Option in Technical Theatre/Design (code THEAMF02)

This option requires work in a variety of skills development emphasizing the technological as well as the artistic aspects of design and execution. Continuous advancing assignments in productions for public performances are required.

Requirements

Concentration core classes:

  • Take all of the following:
    • THEA 517 Repertory Theatre I (4)
    • THEA 518 Repertory Theatre II (4)
    • THEA 519 Repertory Theatre III (4)
    • THEA 523 Theory/Practice of Contemporary Theatre (3)
    • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    • THEA 541 Portfolio Development (3)
    • THEA 544 Visual Concepts in Theatre Design (3)
    • THEA 550 Computer Graphics for Theatre (3)
    • THEA 552 Collaborative Studies (3)
    • THEA 584 Rendering and Painting for Theatre (2)
    • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)
    • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (3)

Costume Concentration: 60 units:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • THEA 546A Advanced Costume Design I (2)
    • THEA 546B Advanced Costume Design I (2)
    • THEA 556A Advanced Costume Design II (2)
    • THEA 556B Advanced Costume Design II (2)
    • THEA 656A Advanced Costume Design III (2)
    • THEA 656B Advanced Costume Design III (2)
    • THEA 540 Non-traditional Material Use in the Theatre (2)
    • THEA 554 Textile Applications in Theatre Design (2)
    • THEA 583 Theatrical Patterning Methods (2)
  • Take 5 units of electives.

Electives, with advisor's approval, can be taken from the University at large. Recommended electives include courses from Theatre Arts, Art, Art History, Music, and Design.

Scenery Concentration:

  • Take all of the following:
    • THEA 540 Non-traditional Material Use in Theatre (2)
    • THEA 545 Computer Aided Design for the Theatre (2)
    • THEA 554 Textile Applications in Theatre Design (2)
    • THEA 580A Scene Design I (2)
    • THEA 580B Scene Design I (2)
    • THEA 585A Scene Design II (2)
    • THEA 585B Scene Design II (2)
    • THEA 685A Scene Design III (2)
    • THEA 685B Scene Design III (2)
  • Take 4 units of electives.

Electives, with advisor's approval, can be taken from the University at large. Recommended electives include courses from Theatre Arts, Art, Art History, Music, and Design.

Lighting Concentration:

  • Take all of the following:
    • THEA 545 Computer Aided Design for the Theatre (2)
    • THEA 548A Advanced Lighting Design I (2)
    • THEA 548B Advanced Lighting Design I (2)
    • THEA 555 Virtual and Automated Lighting Design (2)
    • THEA 648A Advanced Lighting Design II (2)
    • THEA 648B Advanced Lighting Design II (2)
    • THEA 649A Advanced Lighting Design III (2)
    • THEA 649B Advanced Lighting Design III (2)
  • Take 7 units of electives.

Electives, with advisor's approval, can be taken from the University at large. Recommended electives include courses from Theatre Arts, Art, Art History, Music, and Design.

Option in Theatre Management (code THEAMF03)

The option in Theatre Management requires work in a number of different areas including front of house, box office management, press relations, outreach, development, contracts, and fundraising. Successful completion of different assignments in each area is necessary for advancement in the program. 60 units required.

  • Take all of the following:
    • THEA 502 Seminar in Theatre Management I (3)
    • THEA 503 Leadership and the Arts (3)
    • THEA 504 Managing Not-For-Profit Arts Organization (3)
    • THEA 507 Entertainment Law (3)
    • THEA 517 Repertory Theatre I (4)
    • THEA 518 Repertory Theatre II (4)
    • THEA 519 Repertory Theatre III (4)
    • THEA 523 Theory & Practice of Contemporary Theatre (3)
    • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    • THEA 550 Computer Graphics for Theatre (3)
    • THEA 602 Seminar in Theatre Management II (6)
    • THEA 603 Producing Commercial Theatre (3)
    • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)
    • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (3)
    • MKTG 500 Marketing Concepts (3)
    • ACCT 500 Managerial and Financial Accounting (3)
  • Take 6 units of electives.

Electives with advisors approval may be taken from the University at large.

Option in Dramatic Writing (code THEAMF04)

ADMISSION IS SUSPENDED TO NEW STUDENTS.

Requirements

The MFA in Theatre Arts, Option in Dramatic Writing degree program is 60 units, normally requiring full-time residency. The program culminates in a major thesis writing project of publishable/producible quality. Course requirements are arranged according to the following structure:

Core A (12 units) Dramatic Writing:

  • Take all of the following:
    • FEA 604A Graduate Seminar in Dramatic Writing (3)
    • FEA 604B Graduate Seminar in Dramatic Writing (3)
    • FEA 604C Graduate Seminar in Dramatic Writing (3)
    • FEA 604D Graduate Seminar in Dramatic Writing (3)

Core B (9 units) History, Theory, Criticism, Production and Writing:

  • Take all of the following:
    • THEA 523 Theory and Practice of Contemporary Theatre (3)
    • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory & Conceptualization (3)

Core B.1 (12 units)

  • Take 12 units from the following:
    • THEA 374, 375, 380, 426, 427, 507, 550, 694

Core C (6 units) Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Communication Studies:

  • Take the following:
    • COMM 633 Sem in Interpretive Communication (3)
    • COMM 640 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism II (3)

Core D (6 units) Comparative World Literature & Classics:

  • Take two courses chosen from the following:
    • CWL 502, 503, 504, 537, 538, 540, 545, 549 (topic per advisement), 552, 561

MFA Thesis (6 units):

    • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (6)

Elective Course (9 units)

Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management (code THEAMZ01)

The MBA/MFA degree will prepare arts professionals in all areas of both arts administration and business for professional careers in arts management—in performing and exhibiting arts organizations, in arts service organizations, in government, funding agencies and arts councils. The program prepares students for high level administrative positions and provides the background essential for advancement in professional management careers.

Admission

Candidates for this program must hold the equivalent of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of 24 units of upper division work in Theatre Arts. They should have achieved an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (B-) and 3.0 GPA in upper division theatre courses. All candidates for admission are required to complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and achieve a score of at least 475. The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that are developed over a long period of time and are associated with success in the first year of study at graduate schools of management. For each applicant, there is a departmental evaluation, based upon diagnostic examination and an analysis of official undergraduate transcripts to determine deficiencies and all areas which must be strengthened by the graduate program.

Requirements

Business Core 1 (12 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • ACCT 500 Managerial and Financial Accounting (3)
    • FIN 501 Financial Management Concepts (3)
    • MGMT 500 Business Policies/Operations/Organizations (3)
    • MKTG 500 Marketing Concepts (3)

Business Core 2 (21 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • ACCT 610 Advanced Cost Accounting, Budgeting and Control (3)
    • FIN 600 Seminar in Business Finance (3)
    • HRM 652 Sem in Human Resources Management (3)
    • IS 601 Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision Making (3)
    • IS 602 Management of Information Systems (3)
    • MGMT 647 Seminar in Management Planning and Control Systems (3)
    • MKTG 661 Seminar in Marketing Policies (3)

Business Elective (3 units)

Theatre Core (9 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • THEA 523 Theory/Practice Contemporary Theatre (3)
    • THEA 524 Dramaturgy (3)
    • THEA 696 Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization (3)

Theatre Management (24 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • THEA 502 Seminar in Theatre Management I (3)
    • THEA 503 Leadership and the Arts (3)
    • THEA 504 Managing Not-For-Profit Arts Organization (3)
    • THEA 507 Entertainment Law (3)
    • THEA 550 Computer Graphics for Theatre (3)
    • THEA 602 Seminar in Theatre Management II (6)
    • THEA 603 Producing Commercial Theatre (3)

Theatre Practicum (12 units)

  • Take all the following courses:
    • THEA 517 Repertory Theatre I (4)
    • THEA 518 Repertory Theatre II 4)
    • THEA 519 Repertory Theatre III (4)

Culminating Thesis/Project (3 units)

  • Take the following course:
    • THEA 699 MFA Thesis/Project (1-6)

Theatre Electives (6 units)

  • Electives from the University at large (per advisement)