General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60
The Theater/Design M.F.A. curriculum follows a three-year cycle. Specific course order is based on when a student starts her/his program.
|Seminar in Dramatic Literature|
|Design for TV and Film|
|History of Decor|
|History of Fashion|
|Drawing and Rendering Techniques|
|Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting|
|Theatrical Model Making|
|Projection and Media Design|
|The Job Market|
As a component of the three-year M.F.A. degree program, all Theater/Design candidates actively participate in design and production work in the Theater Department's main stage season. This work is an extension of what is presented in the classroom and becomes the experiential component to the degree program. Coursework and production work are equally balanced throughout the academic year, both philosophically and pedagogically.
All Design students must participate in a portfolio review and faculty evaluation at the end of each semester.
The master's thesis is typically a realized and produced production executed by the Theater Department as part of its main stage season. The underlying premise is to create and produce a professional design within a professional production. Along with gathering all research and creating all designs, drafts, renderings, models, and appropriate paperwork for the design, fulfilling a written thesis component completes the degree process. The thesis production and document are defended before a faculty committee and then digitally published through Temple University.
In some cases, where appropriate, a "paper" thesis may be assigned. In this case, the candidate completes all the same research, designs, drafts, renderings, models, and a written document defending the design and the process, but the design will neither be realized nor produced.