The Theatre Department offers two Master's degrees: M.F.A. Directing and M.F.A. Design/Theatre Technology.
Students of stage directing at USD are training to be interpretive artists and educators. You are expected to develop a high level of skill in text analysis, interpersonal communication and the director's tools for effective storytelling, while also attaining a broad knowledge of theatre and its companion arts. In addition to focused instruction in acting, directing and design, you are encouraged to develop an understanding of how the present and the past intersect so that they may help others discover the common threads which link human experience.
Because program admissions are limited, each student receives a high level of individualized instruction, opportunities to direct in the arena season of plays and, in most instances, the opportunity to direct a mainstage production as part of the directing candidate's culminating project.
All M.F.A. directing candidates must stage manage two approved productions and direct three approved productions. The M.F.A. directing program requires 60 credit hours of study.
With major professor and graduate committee approval, candidates must elect an area of emphasis and must complete additional requirements for the emphasis area:
The M.F.A. design/theatre technology program is a theoretical and practical course of study. The department recognizes that the designer and technician must seek to attain a broad knowledge of the theatre and its companion arts, a high level of analytical and communicative skills, an understanding of the design elements as they apply to live, three-dimensional performances revealed by light, a comprehensive understanding of art and theatrical design history and the ability to communicate graphically.
Because program admissions are limited, each student receives a high level of individualized instruction, opportunities to design in the arena season of plays, and, in most instances, the opportunity to design a mainstage production as part of the design candidate's culminating project. At least fifty percent of the graduate program of study credit hours must be in courses numbered 600 or above. This program requires 60 credit hours of study.
For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Theatre in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit international admission requirements.