Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), MFA

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Achieve your artistic, professional and educational goals through a truly transdisciplinary education designed to give you the tools you need to work in a wide variety of contexts at the intersection of technology and experience.

Digital media as a way of making and thinking about art and experience is a growing importance in society today. Courses combined with research activities prepare students to become sophisticated developers, makers, evaluators and entrepreneurs of digital media while at the same time completing a sequence of core courses in theatre.

This graduate program is offered through the School of Music, Dance and Theatre in collaboration with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

At A Glance

Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), MFA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Application Requirements

A separate theatre application is required in addition to the university application. For a complete list of requirements, visit the Steps to Apply page. 

Application Deadlines

Spring admission: applications are not accepted for spring admission. 
Fall 2023: March 15, 2023

Curriculum check sheet

Check sheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.

Theatre (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), MFA 2021 - 2022

Degree requirements

Core School of Arts, Media and Engineering courses, to be selected in consultation with each student's School of Arts, Media and Engineering graduate advisor (minimum of 18 credit hours)

Research and applied project (15 credit hours)

Core courses in theatre theory, history and practice (27 credit hours)

The overall course of study is developed with the advisor to ensure a breadth of transdisciplinary knowledge.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee.
  2. official transcripts
  3. current resume
  4. statement of purpose
  5. portfolio that supports the statement of purpose
  6. academic writing sample from a previous degree, independent work or publication
  7. three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the applicant's work
  8. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The statement of purpose should describe the applicant's background in theatre and interest in and suitability for work in the intersection of theatre and digital media.

Applicants should thoroughly review application deadlines and requirements on the Music, Dance and Theatre department website:

Applicants should see the program website for application deadlines but should note that for financial aid purposes, the School of Arts, Media and Engineering deadline is February 1.

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