How to Apply

Please note: Students intending to pursue the degree must complete both the Temple University Graduate Application and a portfolio interview. The applicant can interview with appropriate faculty, either through URTA at audition sites in Chicago or on Temple University's Main Campus.

University Resident Theatre Association

The Theater-Design MFA program recruits students through the National Unified Auditions and Interviews conducted by the University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) in Chicago. Interested students are encouraged to apply with the URTA when appropriate.

To apply, submit Temple's online graduate application along with an online application fee of $60. You will also need to provide the following general supporting materials.

This Master of Fine Arts program admits a cohort every three years. Applications for admission to the next cohort will be accepted for the fall 2021 term.

General Supporting Materials

  • Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts reflecting a bachelor’s degree.
  • Goals Statement: Submit a statement of goals.
  • Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé: Submit a current professional résumé.

All transcripts for applicants should be emailed (preferred) to OR mailed to the following address.

Admissions and Recruitment
School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
Temple University
2020 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Additional Materials

Application materials may be mailed to the following address.

Graduate Admissions
c/o Jim Short
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts
Temple University
Presser Hall, Room 127
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Admission Deadline

  • Fall: Jan. 15, 2021

Admissions deadlines are determined by candidate interview schedules. Applications are processed on a semirolling basis throughout the spring.