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Grad Catalog 03-05


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Theatre and Dance

Degrees Offered
Master of Arts (Theatre)
Master of Fine Arts (Theatre and Dance)[1]
Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre)

Facilities for Graduate Work

The rare and unique materials in the Performing Arts Collection of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, along with the collections in the Fine Arts Library and other units of the University library system, constitute one of the most extensive research facilities in the country. The Department of Theatre and Dance also maintains a collection of historical clothing for research purposes. The theatrical production facilities of the Performing Arts Center, described here, are unsurpassed.

Areas of Study

Master of Arts. The Master of Arts with a major in theatre is offered in two areas: theatre history/criticism and teacher training. In theatre history/criticism, this degree is appropriate preparation for doctoral study. In teacher training, the Master of Arts is an appropriate terminal degree.

Master of Fine Arts. The Master of Fine Arts is offered in theatre and in dance. The major in theatre includes six areas: acting, drama and theatre for youth, directing, playwriting, technical production, and theatrical design. The MFA provides advanced training for those specializing in one of the performing arts. It is an appropriate terminal degree in these areas.

Doctor of Philosophy. The doctoral degree in theatre is offered in historical, theoretical, and critical studies. The program requires competence in research and allows the student to develop both a broad understanding of the field, including practical skills, and knowledge in depth of a specialized area.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2002-2003.

Lee Abraham
Michael Bloom
Oscar G. Brockett
Charlotte Canning
Pamela D. Christian
Amparo Garcia Crow
Ann Daly
Kent De Spain
Jill S. Dolan
Franchelle Dorn
Stephen T. Gerald
James J. Glavan
Sharon A. Grady
Barney Hammond
Richard M. Isackes
Coleman A. Jennings
Joni L. Jones
     David Justin
Joan Lazarus
Amarante Lucero
Ruth Margraff
Lynn C. Miller
David Nancarrow
Gordon Peacock
Robert N. Schmidt
Fritz Schwentker
Andee Scott
Tina Shackleford
Yacov Sharir
Susan Tsu
Holly Williams
Lyn C. Elam Wiltshire
Stacy Wolf
Suzan L. Zeder

Admission Requirements

Master's degrees. The applicant must have a bachelor's degree and must have demonstrated interest and experience in theatre, drama, and/or dance. The Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE) is required for admission to these areas: drama and theatre for youth, teacher training, playwriting, and theatre history/criticism. The GRE is not required for admission to acting, dance, directing, technical production, and theatrical design.

Doctoral degree. A master's degree or equivalent coursework in theatre or a related field and demonstrated competence in research and writing are the primary prerequisites for beginning work toward the doctoral degree. All applicants must submit GRE scores.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts. Of the thirty semester hours required for the degree, no more than nine hours may be in upper-division courses. At least fifteen hours must be in the major; at least six must be outside the major. A written thesis is required, for which the student earns six hours of credit in Drama 698. Other coursework is determined following an evaluation of the student's background and preparation.

Master of Fine Arts. Of the sixty semester hours required for the degree, no more than fifteen may be in upper-division courses. A minor of at least six hours in a supporting subject or subjects outside the major field is required. A thesis is required, for which the student earns six hours of credit in Drama 698. Other coursework is determined following an evaluation of the student's background and preparation.

The requirements of the Master of Fine Arts are based on the assumption that the entering student has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre or dance. Students with degrees in other disciplines may not have the necessary training or proficiency for some areas of the MFA program. They may be required to take additional upper-division coursework in those areas.

Students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree may have training and proficiency beyond those of Bachelor of Arts graduates. These students may be granted waivers of some credit hours. Waivers are awarded only after careful evaluation by the faculty of the student's previous training and experience. No more than twenty semester hours of credit may be waived.

Doctor of Philosophy. The student's program of study, including coursework and other requirements to be met, must be approved by a committee appointed by the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. Each student must have a reading knowledge of two foreign languages or knowledge in depth of one language. The student must pass qualifying examinations, write an acceptable dissertation, and pass an oral examination related to the dissertation. Detailed information about the requirements is available from the graduate adviser.

For More Information

Campus address: F. Loren Winship Drama Building (WIN) 1.142, phone (512) 471-5793, fax (512) 471-0824; campus mail code: D3900

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Theatre and Dance, 1 University Station D3900, Austin TX 78712-0362



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Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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