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  Mason Gross School of the Arts 2020-2022 Graduate Programs in Theater Arts Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Degree Requirements M.F.A. Playwriting Program Requirements  

M.F.A. Playwriting Program Requirements


Minimum credits required for graduation is 72. Playwrights should take 14-16 credits each semester to complete the program in 2.5 years.
  • Please note: 14 credits per semester will only bring the credit total to 70 in 2.5 years. One or more semesters must be 15 or 16 credits.
  • M.F.A. candidates can take a maximum of 22 credits per semester.

REQUIRED COURSES (Must be taken sequentially)

First Year-Fall
Course #
Credits
Theater History*
08:966:501 or 08:966:695
3
Theater Homeroom
08:966:503
P0
Playwrights Seminar
08:966:531
6

First Year-Spring
Course #
Credits
Theater History*
08:966:502 or 08:966:696
3
Theater Homeroom
08:966:504
P0
Playwrights Seminar
08:966:532
6

Second Year-Fall
Course #
Credits
Theater Homeroom
08:966:503
P0
Playwrights Seminar
08:966:531
6
Global Theater I
08:966:567
3

Second Year-Spring
Course #
Credits
Theater Homeroom
08:966:504
P0
Playwrights Seminar
08:966:532
6
Global Theater II
08:966:568
3

2.5 Year-Fall
Course #
Credits
Theater Homeroom
08:966:503
P0
Playwrights Seminar
08:966:531
6
Performance Project Theater Arts
08:966:703
6 (BA)
Professional Development Seminar
08:966:796
3

Third Year-Spring
Professional Transition
*M.F.A. candidates are required to take two semesters of theater history: Theater History I/II (08:966:501/502) or Advanced Theater History (08:966:695/696). Placement will be determined by head of program and head of core curriculum based on the candidate's undergraduate theater history experience.

REQUIRED COURSES (can be taken in any semester, as offered)

Course Name
Course #
Required
Core
Credits
Writers Workshop (one semester required; may be repeated)
08:966:576-577
x
x
3
Script in Production (one semester required; may be repeated)
08:966:581
x
x
BA
Writing for TV (one semester required; may be repeated) (spring only)
08:966:582
x
x
3
Screenwriting (one semester required; may be repeated) (fall only)
08:966:586
x
x
3
Actor/Playwright Collaboration (one semester required; may be repeated) (fall only)
08:966:695
x
x
3

PLAYWRITING TRAINING CORE

Course Name
Course #
Required
Core
Credits
Playwrights Seminar (repeated each semester)
08:966:531-532
x
x
6
Writers Workshop (one semester required; may be repeated)
08:966:576-577
x
x
3
Script in Production* (one semester required; may be repeated)
08:966:581
x
x
BA
Writing for TV (one semester required; may be repeated) (spring only)
08:966:582
x
x
3
Screenwriting (one semester required; may be repeated) (fall only)
08:966:586
x
x
3
Performance Project Theater Arts (thesis)
08:966:703
x
x
BA
*Script in Production (register when a play is being produced; credits per head of program)

PLAYWRIGHTS CURRICULAR CORE

Course Name
Course #
Required
Core
Credits
Theater History I-II* (fall-spring)
08:966:501-502
x
x
3
Advanced Theater History I-II*
08:966:695-696
x
x
3
Theater Homeroom (repeated each semester)
08:966:503-504
x
x
P0
Global Theater I-II (fall-spring)
08:966:567-568
x
x
3
Professional Development Seminar
08:966:796
x
x
TBD
*Theater History I/II (08:966:501/502) or Advanced Theater History I/II (08:966:695/696). Placement will be determined by head of program and head of core curriculum based on the candidate's undergraduate theater history experience.

PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER ELECTIVES*

Course Name
Course #
Required
Core
Credits
Theater Criticism**
08:966:510


3
Directing (fall only)
08:966:520


3
Performance Ensemble
08:966:570


2
Advanced Text: Dramatic Structure (spring only)
08:966:572


2
Avant-Garde Theater**
08:966:601
x
x
3
Introduction to Puppet Theater**
08:966:600


3
*Other electives possible in consultation with head of program.
**Course is not offered every semester. See head of program.

 
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