- Will you send an application?
- Is the GRE required?
- How soon should I take the GRE if it is required for my application?
- Do I have to take the TOEFL? (international students only)
- Would I be able to come into the graduate program in one area and later transfer to another area?
- May I fax or e-mail some of my application materials to the Department of Theatre and Dance?
- How do I decide which persons to ask for references?
- Is there a separate scholarship application that I must complete?
- May I attend classes during the summers and finish early?
- What classes will I take? Will my old classes transfer?
- What production opportunities do M.F.A. students have?
- Are students given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant (TA) for other classes in the Department of Theatre and Dance? If so, is it a once-in-a-while thing, or is the chance to TA fairly frequent?
- Do students get office space?
- What are the overall writing requirements for the various degrees? What courses will I be required to take? What and how many productions will I have to participate in?
- Are grad students able to participate in other classes outside of their area?
- Should I schedule an interview?
- I'd like to schedule a private audition/interview at U/RTA. Is that possible?
For specific programs...
- What length of play must I submit for the Playwriting Area?
- What is the difference between the UT Austin Theatre Playwriting M.F.A. and the Creative Writing M.F.A.?
Design/Tech (all fields)
for the Department of Theatre and Dance...
- UT is a big place. Is there a way I can better connect with the theatre and dance community?
- How do I get there?
No. The online application is our only way of receiving applications. Your information will be available much sooner electronically and will speed the application process. You need apply only to the University's Graduate School as there is not a separate application required for the Department of Theatre and Dance.
The GRE is required for application to the following areas:
Performance as Public Practice (M.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D.)
Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities
The GRE is no longer required for application to the following areas:
Design and Technology (Costume Design, Costume Technology, Lighting Design, Scene Design and Integrated Media)
The GRE should be taken as soon as possible. Applications cannot be considered without the GRE scores. Information may be obtained through the GRE website.
All international applicants must submit the TOEFL or IELTS with their application. The TOEFL can be waived if the applicant comes from an English-ONLY country, or holds a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university. Masters' degrees cannot waive the TOEFL.
A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the TOEFL OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the Academic Examination of the TOEFL or IELTS is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to the University of Texas at Austin.
Please consider your concentration carefully. You must have a focus which will make one of our areas appropriate for your work. There is latitude in each student's program of study permitting courses in other areas of interest, but students aren't admitted into the program with the intention of moving to another area.
No, all application materials (with the exception of certain portfolio materials) must be uploaded on designated application sites.
The most valuable references will be from persons able to endorse your ability in your field of specialization and estimate your success in a graduate school environment and the profession.
There is not a separate scholarship application form. Your application file provides all of the information necessary. The scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Committee based on recommendations from the Graduate Studies Executive Committee. All incoming (new) graduate students are placed in consideration for scholarships.
There are limited courses offered in the summers. The majority of our graduate students and some of our faculty leave Austin for summer theatre work. The fall and spring semesters offer all of the required coursework. It is best to enter the program with the commitment for the time recommended: M.F.A. - three years, 60 hours; M.A. - two years, 30 hours; Ph.D. - 90 hours, at least four but no more than six years.
As an undergraduate, you were probably handed a "cookie cutter" or "one-size-fits-all" degree plan. Those don't really apply at the graduate level. Each plan is customized for the goals, strengths and weaknesses of the student. If you're admitted, you and your advisor will discuss your educational plans and formulate a degree plan.
In general, the faculty will not discuss specific degree plans before the student has been admitted and accepted our offer. Nor will we discuss transfer possibilities before the student has been admitted and accepted our offer.
All M.F.A. students have several opportunities to participate in mainstage productions. Opportunities vary by concentration.
Are students given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant (TA) for other classes in the Department of Theatre and Dance? If so, is it a once-in-a-while thing, or is the chance to TA fairly frequent?
Students should have the chance to TA and even teach their own classes, assuming they are qualified.
There is limited office space available for graduate students who are teaching classes. As space is limited, offices are not guaranteed.
What are the overall writing requirements for the various degrees? What courses will I be required to take? What and how many productions will I have to participate in?
These issues are addressed with the faculty when you arrive.
This is required of all of our students. Not only are you required to take classes outside of your concentration, but you will probably have to take classes outside of Theatre and Dance.
Please contact the area head from your desired area of focus.
Our faculty follows all U/RTA guidelines.
for specific programs...
Submit two writing samples (complete plays) best representative of your work. At least one must be a “full length” play; one may be a “short play” if you’d like.
What is the difference between the UT Austin Theatre Playwriting M.F.A. and the Creative Writing M.F.A.?
Creative Writing is an interdisciplinary program with ties to English, Radio-Television-Film and Theatre.
Design/Tech (all fields)
for the Department of Theatre and Dance...
Yes! The Department of Theatre and Dance is close-knit community of students and faculty dedicated to exploring the performing arts. Here, you can collaborate with your peers through the Fine Arts Council and Hook ‘Em Arts. And, connect with Theatre and Dance by become of fan on Facebook and following us on Twitter and Tumblr!
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Contact the department at 512-471-5793.