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THEATRE AND DRAMA Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master of Fine Arts Degree:

MFA

Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

60 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

24 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least 50% of credits must be in courses designed for graduate work; Theatre and Drama courses numbered 300–699 always assess graduate students separately from undergraduates.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students may count no more than 18 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits numbered 300 or above.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students may count up to 15 credits numbered 700 or above if difference in tuition is paid.

Credits per Term Allowed
15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

Required courses vary by subdiscipline.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required

Other Grade Requirements

No other specific grade requirements.

Probation Policy

Each of the MFA Specializations in Acting, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, and Theatre Technology conducts separate reviews of students each semester by portfolio and/or oral examination. Students may be placed on probation if program faculty determines that they are not meeting the expectations of their specific degree requirements.

Advisor / Committee

A thesis or final creative project must be prepared under the direction and guidance of a major professor.

Committee consists of four members—advisor and three other committee members.

Assessments and Examinations

Design and Technology students must students must pass two candidacy portfolio examinations in the first year of residency. They must pass two comprehensive-progress, portfolio examinations in both the second and third years of residency.

Acting candidates are required to pass an oral review of their work and study at the end of each semester.

A research or creative thesis is required for Design and Technology candidates.

Acting candidates must complete a final creative/research project.

Time Constraints

The MFA Specialization in Acting follows a three-year cycle with a sequential curriculum. Only in exceptional circumstances the A/D faculty may approve a variance in this time frame.

The MFA Specializations in Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scene Design, and Theatre Technology generally follow a three-year timeline and variations from this must be approved by the degree program head.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

This page was updated 2/11/15. Policy in the new page is effective fall 2015. For program offerings effective summer 2015 and earlier, please reference the archived page.