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Program at a Glance

Program
Master
College(s)
College of Arts and Humanities
Department(s)
Theatre
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

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The Master of Fine Arts in Acting Track is a NAST-accredited pre-professional actor training program. Through intensive practical and theoretical classwork and production experience, students are prepared physically and vocally as artists to succeed in this demanding profession.

The program is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional training program emphasizing both theatre theory and practice. The first two years are spent on campus in classes and performing in Theatre UCF productions. The third year is spent as a resident company member at Orlando Shakes where students perform in mainstage and theatre for young audience productions, teach, study and assist with the operations of the theatre.

Students, 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 BA and BFA programs of study are integrally connected with the graduate program.

The Acting track of the Theatre MFA program requires 47 credit hours of core and specialization courses that follow a suggested yearly schedule in addition to a thesis and an internship. The electives can be chosen (with instructor approval) from existing courses in the MFA tracks in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Because allowed electives are both two- and three-credit-hour courses, the course of study shows a sliding number of credits for electives. Consequently, although the 61 credit hours are required, a student may graduate with as many as 65 credit hours.

Total Credit Hours Required: 61 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Application Deadlines

Fall
March 1
Fall
January 15

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
  • Actress
  • Ballet Professor
  • Film Maker
  • Graphic Design Professor
  • Independent Film Maker
  • Movie Producer
  • Music Professor
  • Music Video Producer
  • On-Air Director
  • Pageant Director
  • Photography Professor
  • Piano Performance and Pedagogy Professor
  • Scene and Lighting Design Lecturer
  • Stage Manager
  • Television Newscast Director
  • Television Program Director
  • Theater Company Producer
  • Vaudeville Actor
  • Voice Professor
  • Voice-Over Artist
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