The MFA degree program in Acting at UCF is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional training program emphasizing both practice and theory. The first two years consist of classes and productions on the UCF campus. The third year is an internship at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater or other approved venue.
The MFA degree is rooted in the belief that classroom studio and practical experience in the theatre are of equal and complementary value. The production program, therefore, is integrated into the curriculum because it is the principal means available for the coordination of all the elements of dramatic art. All possible ways are sought to use the production program effectively for the purpose of teaching and training.
The MFA in Acting at UCF is designed for students who demonstrate the artistic and intellectual capacity and evidence of professional promise to pursue careers in professional and academic theatre. Candidates, in addition to becoming highly trained theatre practitioners, must also demonstrate the ability to understand the conceptual basis of their art and to be able to articulate that understanding to others. Toward this end, the department will recruit and develop graduate students who can serve, along with faculty and staff, as role models for undergraduate students whose BFA programs of study are integrally connected and dependent.
Minimum requirements for admission are a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in Theatre or equivalent. An audition and interview are also required. Each student interested in the program must apply to UCF through the College of Graduate Studies before being considered a candidate.
Students applying for entrance into the M.F.A. program should have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent:
Any questions about these requirements should be directed to the program coordinator. Students must submit application materials to UCF's Graduate Studies AND the Department of Theatre. The University of Central Florida employs an online application process which can be accessed at www.graduate.ucf.edu. Additional materials must be submitted directly to the theatre department.
The theatre department requires applicants to participate in an audition as well as an interview.
Auditions will be held on the UCF campus in early spring, and in New York City and Chicago through the URTA Satellite auditions.