Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology

The MFA in Design and Technology offers an integrated and challenging course of study for serious students who aspire to careers as professional actors; actors who possess the skills, creativity, insight, intellect, and vision to carve for themselves a successful life in this extraordinarily competitive field. The MFA is a terminal degree, as opposed to an MA or any number of other degrees and certificates offered by various institutions. This means that in earning an MFA, the student has completed the highest level of professional training in the field. At FAU we take our training and our degree seriously. Students learn to overcome personal obstacles in order to arrive at clear, unfettered expression, in order to collaborate in the creation of living theatre.    
Dedicated to the proposition that acting is a creative art, the mastery of which is only attainable through disciplined and intensive practice, our program is geared toward the development of the total actor, in terms of his or her personal needs as an artist. The MFA graduate is trained, equipped and qualified to meet the stringent demands of the contemporary theatre, while at the same time have the requisite skills to work with classical text, as well as meet the unique challenges posed by film and television. The internship program is designed to enable students to make contacts with respected professional theatre companies and when possible to complete requirements for membership in actor unions. Past FAU graduate students have held internships at such prestigious organizations as the WPA Theatre in New York, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Maine Repertory, Cincinnati Shakespeare, The American Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theatre, Arkansas Repertory, and numerous other regional theatres across the nation. FAU is also in close proximity to two of Florida's finest theatre companies; The Florida Stage and The Caldwell Theatre, both of which have supported FAU interns.

The Theatre faculty at FAU is made up of highly skilled and multitalented professionals experienced in educating, training and guiding students towards successful careers in the theatre. Through doing “the work” themselves, the faculty instill in our students the highest standards of professional excellence.

Admission to MFA Programs

Graduate Student Briana Musgrave works on a dress for The Threepenny Opera 
All students desiring admission into the M.F.A. in Acting program must, in addition to meeting University requirements, have successfully completed a B.A., B.F.A., or their equivalent in the area of Theatre or Drama.

Students must also complete a personal statement and must submit three professional/academic letters of recommendation to the Department. Design/Technical students must choose an area of emphasis: Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, or Technical Theatre. A portfolio and slides relevant to the area of emphasis must be submitted.

University Requirements

The minimum standard for Graduate Admissions is 3.0 GPA on the last 60 semester/90 quarter hours of credit received prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree, or successful completion of a master's degree from an accredited institution. Up to six credits beyond the baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may be transferred at the discretion of the Department.

For more information about the University's graduate school application process, visit the graduate studies application page .

 Last Modified 11/8/16