Dramatic Arts

The Department of Dramatic Arts offers two graduate degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.). The M.A. degree may be awarded in Puppetry or Theatre History and Criticism. The M.F.A. degree may be awarded either in Acting, Design, Directing, Puppetry or Technical Direction. The M.A. and M.F.A. in Dramatic Arts are intensive degree programs designed to prepare individuals for the numerous careers in theatre. Our goal is to provide the finest professional training through classroom and studio instruction. To enrich the real-world training, students are provided maximal opportunities to obtain professional level production experience through active participation in plays produced by its theatre production arm, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT). Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach in all aspects of theatre in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. UConn’s M.F.A. in Dramatic Arts is accredited by the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA). The student’s advisory committee determines specific course requirements for the M.A. and M.F.A. in Dramatic Arts, which are consistent with the minimum requirements specified by the Graduate School. In addition to the Graduate School requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog, the graduate programs in Dramatic Arts have additional requirements listed below.

M.A. in Acting. The M.A. in Acting requires a minimum of 30 credits, which are composed of a set of core acting-studio courses, electives, casting in Connecticut Repertory Theatre production and based on the student’s previous study and experience, projecting intended personal goals and possible employment.

M.F.A. in Acting. The M.F.A. in Acting requires a minimum of 60 credits. The M.F.A. program is designed to be completed in three years, with students taking formal acting-studio courses in each of their six semesters, Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre and completion of the Acting NYC Showcase in their third year. Due to course sequencing, students are normally only admitted for the Fall semester.

M.F.A. in Acting Core Requirements: DRAM 5001, 5002, 5003, 5004, 5005, 5006, 5131, 5700, 5701, 5702, 5703, 5704, 5705, 5706, 5801, 5802, 5803, 5804, 5805, 5806, 5197, and 5192.

M.F.A. in Design. The M.F.A. in Design is an advanced, professional training in the areas of Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Technical Direction, which requires a minimum of 60 credits. This M.F.A. program is designed to be completed in three years. Students are encouraged to take courses across all design disciplines and are expected to assist in designing at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre productions.

M.F.A. in Design Core Requirements: Costume Design: DRAM 5130, 5132, 5401, 5402, 5403, 5404, 5405, 5407, 5411, 5412, 5414, 5415, 5416, 5417, 5418, 5419, 5420, 5496; Lighting Design: DRAM 5130, 5132, 5500, 5501, 5502, 5503, 5504, 5509, 5515, 5516, 5596; Scenic Design: DRAM 5130, 5131, 5201, 5301, 5302, 5303, 5304, 5305, 5312, 5313, 5314, 5316, 5320, 5396; Technical Direction: DRAM 5131, 5200, 5201, 5202, 5204, 5205, 5206, 5207, 5208, 5209, 5211, 5212, 5213, 5296.

M.F.A. in Directing. The M.F.A. in Directing requires a minimum of 60 credits. The M.F.A. program is designed to be completed in three years. The program is highly individualized and aims to educate the student as creative artist, director and leader. To that end, in course and production work, emphasis is placed on developing the director’s unique artistic imagination and mastery of collaborative leadership.

M.F.A. in Directing Core Requirements: DRAM 5130, 5131, 5132, 5159, 5197, 5192, 5200, 5329, 5612, 5700. Total number of hours includes supplemented courses taught elsewhere in the University if approved by students’ advisers.

M.A. in Puppetry. The M.A. in Puppetry requires a minimum of 30 credits, which are composed of a set of core courses and electives based on the student’s previous study and experience, projecting intended personal goals and possible employment.

M.F.A. in Puppetry. The M.F.A. in Puppetry program is focused on preparing the student for professional work in the Puppet Arts and requires a minimum of 60 credits. Classroom instruction offers the student practice in theory, history, conception, scripting, design, mechanics, fabrication with a variety of materials, and performance with different puppet types. Production work provides practical experience with performance styles, materials, and production development. The M.F.A. program is designed to be completed in three years.

M.F.A. in Puppetry Core Requirements: DRAM 5601, 5602, 5603, 5604, 5605, 5607, 5608, 5609, 5610, 5611, 5612, 5613, 5614, 5615, 5616, 5617, 5618, 5619, 5620, 5696.

M.F.A. in Technical Direction. The M.F.A. in Technical Direction is an advanced, professional training in technical production areas associated with the performing arts which requires a minimum of 60 credits. The program emphasizes planning and management and focuses on methods of investigating and applying new techniques, materials and technologies to the technical management and execution of productions. This M.F.A. program is designed to be completed in three years. Students are encouraged to take courses across all design disciplines and are expected to assist in designing at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre productions.

M.F.A. in Technical Direction Core Requirements: DRAM 5131, 5200, 5201, 5202, 5204, 5205, 5206, 5207, 5208, 5209, 5211, 5212, 5213, 5296.

M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism. The M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism requires a minimum of 30 credits, which is based on a core of required courses, which emphasize the interrelatedness of theory, history, and applied criticism. Each M.A. in Theater History and Criticism student plans an individual course of study and must complete at least 30 semester hours of course work.

M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism Core Requirements: DRAM 5131, 5132, 5159, 5197, 5192, 5329, 5612. Total number of hours includes supplemented courses taught elsewhere in the University if approved by students’ advisers.

The programs are offered by the School of Fine Arts.