Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MFA in Theatre Arts
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Directing for Stage and Screen
- Stage Design
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Theatre Arts
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): None
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Audition or interview
- Cover Letter
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Theatre Arts
- Stage Design: Accepting applications annually.
- Directing: Accepting applications for Fall 2017, 2020.
- For financial consideration: March 10 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Master of Fine Arts in theatre arts is a three-year program offering two areas of emphasis: design/stage technology and directing.
All graduate programs combine academic depth with professional training to prepare students for success in theatre. Students admitted to the program are selected through University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) auditions and through on-campus interview and portfolio presentation. Students interested in the design/technical emphasis should be able to provide evidence of drawing ability and/or technical skills.
Graduate courses are offered in the disciplines of dramatic analysis, theatre history, directing, film, production, and design. Theatre classes and productions are held in the Temple Building, which contains the Howell Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Lab Theatre. Teaching assistantships are available for selected students.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Theatre Studies; Acting; Directing; Stage Combat
Performance and Directing
Film and New Media Production; Screenwriting
Theatre and Film History
Animation; Film; New Media Production
Acting, Voice, and Shakespeare ClassesEmeritus
History; Dramatic Literature; CriticismEmeritus
Lighting; Scenic Design
Acting; Stage Combat
Acting; Directing; Stage Combat
Film and New Media Production; Directing; Postproduction
Scene and Production Design; Film and TVGraduate Faculty Associate