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Graduate Catalog


Graduate Study

Admission and Registration

Degree Requirements

Fields of Study

Members of Graduate Studies Committees

Course Abbreviations

Chapter 4: Fields of Study


Degree Offered

Master of Fine Arts

Facilities for Graduate Work

The James A. Michener Center for Writers offers a cross-disciplinary Master of Fine Arts program that draws on strong programs in English (fiction and poetry), radio-television-film (screenwriting), and theatre (playwriting). The University's General Libraries, including the Fine Arts Library and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, provide rich resources for students interested in the creative process. The Humanities Research Center houses a number of noted book collections as well as manuscripts, edited drafts, and early editions of creative works. The Jesse H. Jones Communication Center has extensive film and video production facilities, and the Performing Arts Center offers outstanding theatrical production facilities.

Students admitted to the program are offered James A. Michener Fellowships to support their study.

Areas of Study

Students seeking the MFA are expected to develop professional skills in at least two of the following fields of creative work: fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting. The curriculum requires students to work across disciplines; for example, the student might study fiction as a primary field and screenwriting as a secondary field. Each candidate must write a thesis in his or her primary field.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee during the spring semester 1998-1999.

Michael W. Adams
Robert S. Foshko
Zulfikar Ghose
Elizabeth Harris
R. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
Judith Kroll
Joseph E. Kruppa
Peter N. La Salle
Lindy Laub
James L. Magnuson
Horace M. Newcomb
Thomas G. Schatz
David Anthony Wevill
Thomas Bacon Whitbread
Suzan L. Zeder

Degree Requirements

The student must complete at least fifty-four semester hours of coursework, including nine hours of creative work, six hours in studies courses, and three elective hours in the primary field; six hours of creative work and six hours in studies courses in the secondary field; a six-hour minor outside the primary and secondary fields; and the six-hour thesis course. Reviews conducted each semester determine the student's eligibility to continue in the program. Further information about degree requirements is available from the graduate adviser.

For More Information

Campus address: J. Frank Dobie House (FDH), 702 East Dean Keeton Street, phone (512) 471-1601, fax (512) 471-9997

Mailing address: MFA in Writing, James A. Michener Center for Writers, 702 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705

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